Innovate with Online Teaching

Call for Proposals

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. Though the primary goal of this initiative is to create content for Princeton students, we will be open to projects that can also be turned into open, online courses for non-Princeton learners (MOOCs). Previous experience with online teaching is not required.

The application process will begin with an Information and Brainstorming Session on Feb. 14th (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 McGraw Center will also hold a day-long Online Teaching Design Workshop on March 9th, 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 2018 with the support of McGraw staff, including members of the Online Learning Environments group, and released in the fall semester 2018. Awardees will present their projects as part of a McGraw Center panel discussion in December 2018.

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. 14th (see details below) and at the Online Teaching Design Workshop on March 9 (see details below).
  • Applications should be submitted to SAFE by March 19th (application will be available after the Information Session on February 14th).

Application Timeline

  • Feb. 14 from 12:00 p.m.—1:20 p.m.: Information and Brainstorming Session at the McGraw Center, Frist 330. Lunch is provided. RSVP by 2/12.
  • March 9 from 10:00 a.m.—4 p.m.: Online Teaching Design Workshop. Lunch is provided. RSVP by 3/6.
  • March 19th: application deadline
  • Week of April 23rd: 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