New grants available for using technology in teaching

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Image caption: Five most-promising ideas will be awarded up to $75,000 each

The Office of the Provost is seeking new ways for the university to use technology in teaching-both in the classroom and online-and will award five grants of up to $75,000 for the most-promising ideas.

The newly established Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration, or DELTA, grants will support development, implementation, and evaluation of new initiatives. Proposals must have a full-time faculty sponsor, but other faculty, staff, and students can be part of the team. The deadline to apply is April 6, and more details are on the Office of the Provost website.

Winners will be selected in consultation with an interdivisional review committee, which will be looking for innovations that align with the goals of the university's Ten by Twenty vision, particularly those that involve cross-divisional collaboration. Awardees will share their projects and preliminary findings at a Digital Innovation Showcase in the next academic year.

In a message to faculty, Provost Sunil Kumar pointed out that over the past several years, Johns Hopkins' online graduate degrees, certificates, and trainings have continued to expand significantly. In addition, the university's massive open online courses, which are offered through a partnership with Coursera, have drawn more than 6 million enrollments. The DELTA grant program was founded with proceeds from those MOOCs.

"Our efforts have established the university as a leader in digital education and expanded our educational impact," he said. "Building on this success, we are looking for new initiatives that use technology to enhance teaching and learning both online and on our campuses. I look forward to seeing what fresh ideas emerge."

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