Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards

- Proposal Guidelines -


  • In the spirit of innovation, all new ideas are welcome, but the focus must be on student learning. Priority will be given to projects that, if proven successful, can be replicated throughout the University. Cross-disciplinary projects are encouraged, but not required.
  • Proposals that call for the use of collaborative teaching and learning strategies (PDF) and student use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning are encouraged. These projects should be considered as "proof-of-concept" projects that are new to The University of Iowa. 


  • Projects that primarily improve the instruction of undergraduates are encouraged. However, this program is not limited solely to undergraduate education.


  • A total of $100,000 is available for awards. 
  • The number of awards will be determined by the quality of the applications. A single award or multiple awards may be made. 
  • Applications can be made to support the costs of hardware, software, and personnel. 
  • Funding is not available to support faculty salaries or for projects that may be technologically sophisticated but are not oriented toward participatory learning.

Benefits of the award 

  • Funding support.
  • Resources and consultation time with staff.
  • The award can be for a pilot project that has significant potential for a “Phase II” follow-up project, which could compete for a second award.

Expectations of award winners

  • Use the funding to incorporate or enhance the use of technology to improve student learning.
  • Assess the impact of the technology on student learning in a particular course.
  • Help build a culture of teaching excellence in their departments, colleges, and the University by actively disseminating the results of their efforts through workshops, wikis, mentorship, publications, virtual showcases, classroom teaching demonstrations for other instructors, poster presentations, publications or conference presentations, or similar peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
  • Make two presentations about the award to UI campus audiences.

Other Considerations

The selection committee also will consider the following:

  • The potential for broader applications beyond a single course, discipline, or The University of Iowa.
  • The possibility for collaboration among instructors in different courses or across disciplines.
  • Whether the project demonstrates a “fast follower” approach in that the applicant’s efforts will result in fairly rapid “payback” for other instructors and courses.

Application Process

Proposals are submitted under the following headings:

What do you intend to do?

In this section you must:
  • Describe teaching and learning challenges in the course or unit and explain the significance of the challenge. 
  • Propose an innovative application of technology to enhance student learning.
  • Include a plan of work including a clearly conceived time frame.

How will it improve student learning?

In this section you must:
  • Identify the specific learning objectives of the course or relevant unit.
  • Emphasize how your project  will create engaged participatory learning. 
  • Specify how you intend to demonstrate impact of the technology on student learning. The assessment strategy can be quantitative, qualitative, or both. 

What will you need? 

In this section you must:

  • Specify what you already have access to (if appropriate) and what you want funding for.
  • Include external consultants and partners as well as any required contract or licensed services.
  • Specify if you are using other funding sources for this project and what “needs” are being covered by these.
  • The award will not fund faculty time.

What is your rough estimate of costs? 

In this section you must:

  • Specify the costs for what you need funded by this award.


Applicants are encouraged to contact Steve Tomblin, 335-6271 or email Innovation Strategies for Teaching & Learning at The University of Iowa for assistance in determining whether their proposal is suitable for the funding program.

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September 14, 2016