I.  Call for Proposals:

The Office of Technology Systems invites proposals from faculty on mini-projects to utilize new technology in the classroom or to develop and teach online courses.

Recognizing that the source of the funds is the Student Technology Fee and that the aim of the Mini-Grant Program is to support technology that has a direct impact on student learning, grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded.

Grants should be for a course that the faculty member has already taught at least once and expects to teach in the upcoming year. Grants will be awarded based on the extent to which the proposal supports and enhances teacher instruction and student learning. Any software or hardware purchased with grant funds must subsequently be made available for fair use to the College community at the discretion of the Office of Technology Systems.  

Types of proposals:

-Faculty are expected to teach at least two sections of an online course by May 2012. (A section is defined by the Registrar.) Funding will be awarded to projects that lead to the creation and teaching of a course that is either all online or offers an online component. Examples of possible funded activities include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

-student assistance to develop materials to be used in the online courses
 -student assistance in the teaching of the online courses
 -purchase of special hardware or software needed to develop the courses or for use in the course’s equipment and purchases are limited to $250 unless a compelling argument is presented 

-Projects should be for the faculty utilization of new technology that has a direct impact on student learning.  Examples of possible projects include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

 -purchase of special hardware or software for use in a course (i.e., Student Response Devices)
 -student assistance
 -development of special materials using advanced technology

Please note: 

 -Funding for reassigned time will not be awarded. 
 -Individual laptops, computers, and projectors will not be awarded.
 -Travel will not be reimbursed.
 -Timeline for implementation: All spending, PS and OTPS, must be completed by Thursday, May 31, 2012.

II.  Application Requirements:

The application packet must include the following:

1. Curriculum vitae

2. No more than two pages of narrative describing the project. The narrative should include the following subsections:

 a. Abstract 
 b. Description of the proposed activity and the rationale for its selection
 c. Discussion of the feasibility and likely impact of the project on student learning
 d. Explanation of the budget request
 e. Timetable for implementation

3. Budget for the project, limited to one page and should include the following:

 a. Price quotes. All items must be purchased by the Office of Technology Systems. Charge backs and  reimbursements are not permitted.
 b. Student assistant time should be budgeted based on the College Assistant scale, of $9.72 per hour.  c. Fringe benefits of ten percent should also be calculated into the budget. Personnel action forms for  student salary must be processed by the Office of Technology Systems before students can begin working. 

4. Completed proposals need to be approved and signed by the chairperson.

5. Please include a title for your proposal. 

III.  Project Report:

Award recipients will submit a final report on the outcome to help judge the effectiveness of the project. In addition, award recipients will be required to complete a brief survey. All awardees are required to submit their reports and completed survey by June 31, 2012. Faculty may not reapply for a continuation of their grant or submit a new proposal if the reports and survey for the previous year’s award have not been submitted.

Students who participate are encouraged to attend the Undergraduate Research Conference.

The deadline for 2011-2012 awards is Monday, April 1, 2011 by 4:00pm. Late proposals will not be considered.  

If you have any questions, please email Doriann Pieve-Hyland at doriann.hyland@csi.cuny.edu or call her at 718.982.2348.

Proposals can be submitted electronically to technologysystemsminigrants@csi.cuny.edu.

You may also mail your proposal to the following address:

Office of Technology Systems, 2A-303
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314
ATT:  Michael Kress

Please indicate the name of the grant for which you are applying in your correspondence.