Grant Opportunity and Call for Proposals

are pleased to announce the second annual

“Global Teaching with Videoconferencing” 

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

  • Have you always wanted to team teach a class with your colleague abroad?  
  • Do you wish your students could discuss current events in the Middle East with students from the region?
  • How might your students engage with the artists, authors, film directors, composers of the works they are studying?
  • What global perspectives and collaboration skills might students learn from working on class projects with international partners?
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Request for Proposals

Proposals due:  Monday, April 22, 2013  at 5pm

Seminar for Recipients:  May 14 -15 -16 , 2013

Faculty grants of $2,500 a project are available specifically to develop and support international courses taught via videoconferencing in cooperation with an overseas institution. Grant recipients must be available to attend the Faculty Seminar May 14, 15, 16  - a structured program in which faculty will gather to develop new courses or modify existing curricula to integrate international videoconferencing and the unique learning opportunities it offers. In partnership with experienced colleagues and instructional support staff from across the University, the program will include a structured format of workshops, examination of various instructional models, discussions of pedagogical issues, and hands-on technology training. One-on-one consultations will also be arranged. During the academic year, instructional technology support staff will be available for further meetings with Grantees on the development and deployment of their courses.

We are very happy to meet with you prior to the submission of your proposal to assist you in addressing the following elements we are seeking in proposals.

Proposal Guidelines

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

  • Courses co-taught with overseas faculty that include 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)

    • 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 our students

  • Evidence/details of preliminary planning for this course including

    • discussions with an identified overseas faculty partner regarding the broad outlines of the proposed course, course content, number of joint meetings, joint projects to be assigned to students, issues of meeting times relative to difference in time zone and academic calendars, etc.

    • discussions regarding leadership support both locally and at the partner institution

    • discussions of 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

  • Integrate 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 seminar to be held the week of May 14 -15 -16, 2013

    Please note, if you are unable to attend during the dates of the seminar, while we will be unable to provide grant money from the current funding, we will be very happy to assist you in bringing your idea to fruition. We encourage you to contact us at global.teaching@umich.edu
  • Teach the course in the academic year 2013-2014

  • 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 International Affairs within a year of the completion of the course.

    Proposal Contents and Instructions for Submission

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





    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.


    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 decisions on April 30, 2013