Innovate with Online Teaching


The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning invites proposals from graduate students to create innovative educational resources using the tools of online learning. The goal of this initiative is to encourage the development of course material that addresses gaps in Princeton’s curriculum and provide graduate students with a valuable online teaching experience. Ideally, the competition will foster conversations about online teaching in the academic departments and spur the kind of pedagogical innovation that is at the heart of Princeton’s online learning strategy.  

Possible projects can take a variety of formats including a course module that addresses a difficult concept (corresponding to about a week’s worth of course content) or a short course on a topic that students often struggle with. Previous experience with online teaching is not required.

The application process will begin with an Information and Brainstorming Session on Wednesday, Feb. 13th (see details below) which will provide a quick overview of online course development, an opportunity to discuss early project ideas, and information on the criteria by which projects will be evaluated. The 2018 winners of Innovate with Online Teaching will participate at this session to talk about their experience.

The McGraw Center will also hold a day-long Online Teaching Design Workshop on Friday, March 8th, which will provide a more in-depth introduction to the pedagogy and tools of online teaching. We will also support the applicants during the proposal process by offering individual consultations as needed.

The winning project(s) will be awarded a one-time honorarium of $500 to 3,000 on completion of the production process, depending on the scope of the project. Projects will be developed during the summer of 2019 with the support of McGraw staff, including members of the Online Learning Environments group, and released in the fall semester 2019. Awardees may be asked to present their projects at a future Innovate with Online Learning information session.

Application Requirements:

  • Project proposals can be developed either by a single individual or by a team of graduate students.
  • In approximately 500 words, proposals will briefly describe the learning challenge the project aims to address; describe the idea for the project, including goals for what students or learners will know or be able to do after participating in your project;  and describe why you think this project will help with the challenge you’ve described.
  • Applications must be accompanied with a brief letter of support from the student’s advisor as well as a department representative.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in an Information and Brainstorming Session on Feb. 13th (see details below) and at the Online Teaching Design Workshop on March 8th  (see details below).
  • Applications should be submitted to SAFE by March 18th (application will be available after the Information Session on February 13th).

Application Timeline

  • Feb. 13th from 12:00 p.m.—1:20 p.m.: Information and Brainstorming Session in 330 Frist Campus Center. Lunch provided. Please RSVP by 2/11.
  • March 8th from 10:00 a.m.—3 p.m.: Online Teaching Design Workshop in 330 Frist Campus Center . Lunch provided. Please RSVP by 3/6.
  • March 18th: application deadline
  • Week of April 22rd: applicants are notified

Questions should be directed to:

Mona Fixdal 
Associate Director for Online Education
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning


Sarah Schwarz
Associate Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Graduate Students
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning