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 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.