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E-learning Development Grants (ELDG)

These funds have been made available via the Office of the Vice-Provost (Education). A total of £30,000 is available to fund approximately 12 e-learning development projects (up to £2,000 each, with additional top-up funding being awarded where justified). These grants are intended to allow individual academics to work with paid undergraduate or postgraduate students to develop e-learning content or activities for use in courses. For the first time, we are also inviting project proposals from students, provided the applications are backed by a supervising member of staff. 

Benefits

For academics: 

  • Support from E-Learning Environments (ELE) and an additional resource to help develop new approaches and tools
  • Opportunities to influence practice in their departments and beyond
  • Opportunities to present at ELDG events and network with other project holders
  • Prestige and recognition from peers and within the institution.

For students: 

  • Development of high-quality online learning activities that aid teaching, learning and student support
  • Useful work experience and the development of marketable skills
  • Opportunities to provide E-Learning solutions from a learner’s perspective
  • Opportunities to present at ELDG events and network with other project students
  • Gain an insight into the behind the scenes work of ELE and an opportunity to be mentored by E-Learning specialists
  • Prestige and recognition from peers and within the institution.

For departments:

  • Substantial support for projects, improving efficiency and contributing to an enhanced student experience
  • Exposure on the T&L portal
  • Opportunity to showcase innovation and best practice in e-learning within and beyond the institution.

Criteria

While we always like to promote creative and integrated uses of existing technologies at UCL including MoodleLecturecast and electronic voting systems, applications are judged on merit according to the criteria below.

All applications need to make a strong case for what is novel about the project proposal and how the outcomes will enhance or transform current practice. One of the core goals of the ELDG Scheme is the sharing of practice, and applicants must detail how their project will be shared throughout the twelve-month cycle. 

All initiatives must:

  • develop or refine practice at UCL beyond what is currently present in the discipline, making innovative or effective use of technology to enhance student learning
  • include well-thought-out plans for the continuation of the project after the ELDG funding has ended
  • share and/or evaluate good practice in e-learning.

Particular support will be given to projects that:

  • develop priorities highlighted in the UCL E-Learning Strategy
  • take a departmental or group (inter-departmental) approach to enhancing the use of technology in teaching and learning

Scoping and costing of projects

ELDG funding is often used to cover the cost of student time. We recognise that it can be difficult to scope e-learning projects and make realistic estimates of the time required and so we recommend meeting with ELE staff to brainstorm ideas and assess the likely student time and expertise required. 

Please only indicate hours required on your application form, and not rates of pay. Please contact E-Learning Environments (ELE) to arrange a meeting with ELE staff before submitting your application.

We also recommend you contact your departmental e-learning champion to check whether your project addresses departmental priorities and for additional support.

Applications

Please submit your proposal by emailing your completed application form
to ele@ucl.ac.uk. Proposals need to be received by 5pm 11 July 2014. Successful applicants will be announced on 17 July, with funding transferred to departmental accounts in August.

Projects should be completed by the end of July 2015, with final blog posts submitted to the ELDG blog site by the end of August 2015 to be considered eligible for future funding opportunities. 

Dissemination

We are keen that as many people as possible are able to learn lessons and get ideas and inspiration from your experience. We therefore require successful applicants to regularly document progress in a format agreed with your project mentor at the start of the project. We also expect you and your project students  to actively participate in scheduled networking and dissemination events throughout the duration of the project. 

All ELDG grant-holders are required to produce a reflective blog post for our ELDG blog by the end of August 2015, outlining the aims of the project and how these have been met, any shortcomings and recommendations for anyone wanting to replicate the project. 

The final blog post should include the following:

  • Overall aims and objectives
  • Methodology: an explanation of what was done and why
  • Project outcomes: a description and examples of what was achieved or produced
  • Evaluation/reflection: how did the project enhance student learning? How did the outcomes compare with the original aims? How did the project benefit the student workers? How has the project developed your awareness, understanding, knowledge or expertise in e-learning?
  • Scalability and sustainability: how will the project continue after the ELDG funding has discontinued? Might it be expanded to other areas of UCL?
  • Dissemination: how will the project outputs or results be disseminated to the department, College or externally? Are there other departments that would find value in the project outputs or results?

A selection of ELDG projects will be featured in the case studies section of the Teaching and Learning Portal. Project winners will also be expected to present at at least one ELDG event, either in the half-way showcase (January) or the handover event (July).

Help and advice

E-Learning Environments (ELE) and the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) can provide both technical and pedagogical advice on applying for a grant, and can provide ongoing support if an award is made.

Previous uses of the ELDG

Further information

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