Grant Opportunity: Call for Proposals

are pleased to announce the third annual

“Global Teaching with Videoconferencing” 

grant opportunity to encourage new endeavors in international teaching
using videoconferencing technology.

  • Are you interested in co-teaching a class with your colleague abroad?

  • Do you want your students to benefit from engaging with their peers in another country?

  • Do you want to design instructional experiences that provide your students with the opportunity to view themselves and the world in new ways?

  • Would you like to connect your class with distant students for regular live classroom conversations, but need assistance in making the technology work?

  • Would you like to expand the horizons of your students to include global perspectives and collaboration skills learned from working on class projects with international partners?

If so, we encourage you to bring your project into the Global Teaching with Videoconferencing grant program! Here you will find faculty colleagues working on analogous projects. You will also find skilled staff with the instructional design and technical expertise to assist you in creating the course you imagine.

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Request for Proposals

Due:  Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5 p.m.


Faculty grants of $2,500/project are available specifically to develop and support international courses taught using live synchronous video connections in cooperation with an overseas institution.

Grant recipients must attend one of our Faculty Workshops. These structured three-day programs bring faculty together to develop new courses or modify existing courses in order to integrate the international experience leveraging videoconferencing and other technologies.

The exact dates of the Faculty Workshop will be determined according to Grantee availability. If necessary, more than one workshop will be held. At least one workshop will be held during the summer months.

In partnership with experienced colleagues and instructional support staff from across the University, the Workshop will include structured sessions on pedagogical issues, exploring various instructional models, intercultural communication, and hands-on technology training. The process of one-on-one consultations will also begin at this time. As the process of course development moves forward, instructional technology support staff will be available to work with Grantees on all aspects of design, implementation, and evaluation.

We are very happy to meet with you prior to the submission of your proposal to assist you in addressing the necessary proposal elements effectively. Send request for consultation to global.teaching@umich.edu

Proposal Guidelines

Successful proposals will include as many of the following elements as practical.

    • Course to be co-taught with overseas faculty, including a plan for substantial real-time interaction between U-M and international students (e.g., substantive discussions in and out of class and collaborative projects). Note that proposed revisions of courses already using videoconferencing must describe significant changes that would achieve this aim.

    • Particular clarity about the nature and significance of the impact of the experience on the global competency of enrolled students

    • Evidence of and details resulting from preliminary planning discussions for this course including:

      • discussions with an identified overseas faculty partner regarding the broad
        outlines of the proposed course, the content, the number of joint class
        meetings, agreement on the necessity of joint projects to be assigned to students, attention given to scheduling issues for joint class sessions relative to differences in time zone and academic calendars, etc.

      • discussions regarding support with relevant academic leadership, both locally and at the partner institution

      • discussions of possible technical needs, options, and challenges both locally and at the partner institution (As with the other elements, we are happy to assist with this.)

    • Address the potential both for repeat offerings of the course and for a broader institutional relationship with the partner beyond the confines of this course, or identification of an existing relationship in which this course embeds

    • Understanding of the importance and expectation for the inclusion of training and reflection on intercultural communication, collaboration, and global competence for students and faculty at participating institutions.

Expectations of Grantees

  • Participate in a three-day faculty workshop dates of which will be determined according to Grantee availability.
  • Teach the course in the academic year 2014-2015

  • Disseminate the results and have a willingness to share experiences in public fora in order to enhance the campus knowledge base concerning the use of these technologies in teaching and learning

  • Submit a brief report to the Office of the Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education within a year of the completion of the course.

    Proposal Contents and Instructions for Submission

    1. Download and complete the proposal form which requests the following information. (Download here)

        • Project Summary

        • Brief Course Description

        • Teaching Approach

        • Plans for Evaluation

    2. Save the proposal as a PDF and include your last name in the file name

    3. Send the proposal PDF as an e-mail attachment to global.teaching@umich.edu by the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on  May 19, 2014.


    The competition is open to members of the following groups at the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses:  all tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, and lecturers who have continuing appointments and course development responsibilities (i.e., an assignment from the dean, chair, or designee to develop a new course or significantly revise an existing course). Faculty with various technology skill levels and experience with instructional technology – from novice to expert – are invited to apply. Eligibility to apply for funding does not ensure that funding will be granted.

    Should you wish to discuss your proposal or have questions about the grant, please contact global.teaching@umich.edu.

    Applicants will be notified of decision
    s by the end of May 2014.