Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Technology

Application for Academic Technology Innovation Funds


You have an idea for doing something new and innovative in teaching and/or research at Wheaton? Great! This application documents your idea so that we can evaluate its suitability for our funding offerings.

Funded Projects

See our full list of previously funded projects, which we will regularly update.

Funding Goals and Criteria

When requests exceed the funds budgeted for innovation grants, preference will be given to applications that:

  • Explore the use of new technologies in Wheaton’s classrooms or present innovative pedagogy that uses technology (preferably both).

  • Most clearly and realistically delineate their goals, budget, and timeline

  • Extend the farthest beyond a single faculty member’s classroom/extracurricular student engagement

  • Engage most fully and realistically with R&I’s available resources (support, etc)

Use the following as a guide as you prepare your proposal.

Fair

Good

Best

Exploration/Innovation

The extent to which a project explores new and different uses of technology in teaching at Wheaton.

The application uses a technology that is not new to Wheaton

AND

it uses that technology in a manner that is not innovative to Wheaton.

The application

EITHER

uses a technology new to Wheaton

OR

uses a technology already on-campus in a manner innovative to Wheaton.

The application

BOTH

uses a technology new to Wheaton

AND

does so in manner that is innovative to Wheaton

Organization and explanation of the project

The extent to which the application clearly and realistically details the  project’s goals, costs, and timeline.

The project application is unclear or unrealistic on two of the following:

  • Goals

  • Budget

  • Timeline

The project application is unclear or unrealistic on one of the following:

  • Goals

  • Budget

  • Timeline

The project application is clear and realistic on all three of the following:

  • Goals

  • Budget

  • Timeline

Sustainability

The extent to which a project requires other support and resources beyond those paid for with the application's budget, e.g. staff time, college resources and facilities.

The project has significant but manageable sustainability challenges

The project application has limited sustainability challenges

The project application requires a reasonable amount of support and resources

AND

has no other sustainability challenges

Breadth of Impact

How far a project extends beyond a single faculty member’s classroom and/or their own extracurricular engagement with students.

Some limited impact beyond an individual faculty member is possible but not delineated. There are major limitations for other faculty members on access to materials purchased with the grant.

Plans delineate the impact for multiple faculty members.

OR

the application’s timeline is short enough and the technology broadly appealing enough that faculty not named in the grant will likely benefit from the grant’s purchases

Plans delineate the impact for multiple faculty members.

AND

the application’s timeline is short enough and the technology broadly appealing enough that faculty not named in the grant will likely benefit from the grant’s purchases

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