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By Dr. Maurice Leatherbury, Senior Director of Academic Computing

2002-2003 Teaching with Technology Grants Announced

On December 13th, Dr. Kesterson sent out announcements of the latest round of Teaching with Technology Grants to all tenure-track faculty members. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Vice President for Academic Affairs has funded this important grant program, and like those in the past this year's program is directed toward the use of technology to improve instruction at UNT. Also like last year's program, the TwT Grants are limited to distributed learning courses, that is, those that are taught more than 50% of the time in a mode other than face-to-face in the classroom.

The full grant request for proposal can be found at the Center for Distributed Learning's Web site: both the call for proposals as well as a downloadable Word application form can be accessed there. If you are submitting a proposal, be sure to use the form because that's the only format in which the evaluation committee will consider your submission.

Dr. Kesterson is providing up to $150,000 in funding for the TwT Grants this year. Something new in this year's program is funding for summer faculty release time in order to allow faculty to spend the summer developing distributed learning courses. $50,000 of the $150,000 has been set aside for the release time funding, which is limited to a maximum of $5,000 per faculty member. The remainder of the $150,000 will be awarded in grants of up to $8,000 to support distributed learning course development, primarily in the form of student assistants to convert existing course material to electronic form. As in the past, Teaching with Technology Grant funds can't be used to pay for traditional teaching assistants to conduct course research in the library, to develop course content, or to tape a course lecture. Specifically, this portion of the grants is restricted to "programming" because the funds come from HEAF sources and their expenditures must result in machine-readable files.

Jenny Jopling, Associate Director of the Center for Distributed Learning, (extension 4462) and I (x 3854) can provide additional information or assistance in the grant proposal process.