Faculty Resource Center

Online Course Enhancement Grants


The Faculty Resource Center provides grants for the purpose of helping faculty members enhance their online courses. A limited number of proposals will be funded. Grant recipients will:

  1. Complete the Teaching Online Certificate Program
  2. Submit the completed course for a Quality Matters review
  3. Teach the course in a subsequent semester


Anyone who has taught an online course at UCCS is eligible to apply, including full time, part time, and honoraria faculty, and faculty with special appointments.


The grant recipient will work with an Instructional Designer in the Faculty Resource Center to incorporate best practices in teaching online. Faculty members must:

  1. Have taught the course online for a minimum of one semester
  2. Plan to enhance the course according to the Quality Matters rubric through the Teaching Online Certificate Program during the summer of 2015
  3. Undergo a Quality Matters Review
  4. Teach the course online in the fall of 2015 or the spring of 2016

In addition to meeting the above requirements, proposals also need to address one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Incorporating effective student-faculty and student-student communication
  2. Integrating reflective or collaborative learning experiences
  3. Preparing opportunities in which students learn through complex problems and real-world challenges using problem-based and inquiry-based strategies
  4. Measuring learning through challenging and engaging assessments and rubrics
  5. Using media/technology in engaging and effective ways

Finally, the proposal must describe how you will gauge the effectiveness of the course enhancement, through direct and indirect measures, and how you plan to use those evaluations to improve student learning.


Please complete the Online Course Enhancement Grant form.

  • Save the PDF form to your computer.
  • Complete it in Adobe Reader 11 and save it.
  • Click the Submit button in the upper right of the form.


The $3,000 grant (minus taxes) will be paid in three phases: $1,000 at the start of the program; $1,000 upon completion of the Certificate Program; and $1,000 upon passing the Quality Matters Review.

Application Deadline - March 20, 2015

The Faculty Resource Center will announce the grant winners in a timely manner.
Questions? Contact: David Anderson, Chair of the Faculty Awards Committee

Last updated February 9, 2015
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