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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 25 e-learning development projects (up to £1,000 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.

Among the benefits will be:

  • For busy academics: personal support from E-Learning Environments (ELE) and an additional resource to help develop materials and learning activities
  • For employed students: useful work experience and the development of marketable skills
  • For all students: development of high-quality online learning activities that aid teaching, learning and student support
  • For departments: substantial support for projects, improving efficiency and contributing to an enhanced student experience

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

Criteria

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 discontinued
  • 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

Other innovative or imaginative projects which may not readily fall into one of the above categories will also be considered.

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 just 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

The deadline for 2013 applications has now passed; this page will be updated when ELE announce the next round of funding.

Projects should be completed by the end of May 2014.

ELDG reporting instructions

All ELDG grant-holders are required to produce a short report by the end of June 2014, unless there are circumstances which warrant an extension.

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, and to actively participate in scheduled networking and dissemination events throughout the duration of the project. 

Formal project dissemination will comprise a brief written report (as outlined below) and a five-minute video, which we will make available in the case studies section of the Teaching and Learning Portal. 

You may have your own ideas about how to do this, but the simplest way we recommend is to use the Lecturecast system to make the recording. We'll be happy to help you use this system to make your video report - just let us know. All you need to do is introduce your project and demonstrate its outcomes, for example through interviews, a demonstration or simply by talking to the camera.

The written report 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?

Please send your written report to E-Learning Environments (ELE). For the video report, please use UCL Dropbox or, if you have already put it online, send us a link. Do let us know if you would like support in recording the video report.

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

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