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The Collaboratory for Innovative Design: Current Partnership Opportunities

Here you will find information on programs and services offered by the CID

Call for Applications

The CID has a number of upcoming partnership opportunities for faculty who are interested in taking an innovative approach to redesigning aspects of their courses and/or exploring new digital projects with their students. Current opportunities to partner with the CID (arranged in order of application due date) include:

Information on each of these "tracks" for working with the CID, along with contact information and application processes, is included below.

Digital Lab projects

If you are interested in partnering with the lab or seeking a small grant to try a digital tool, please take a moment to complete this application before April 27th.

Next year, we will continue to support experimentation with the lab’s core initiatives: podcasting and website building.

  • Podcasting for the masses & your classes: we have assembled equipment for recording audio of up to four participants. We have developed templates for small groups of students to design podcasts that are shared with the rest of the class. We also have the capacity to support podcasts for public broadcast.
  • Stonehill Domains - we will continue to work with faculty who want to incorporate web publishing in their course. This can include sites that serve as individual electronic portfolios and blogs or collaborative class projects. We can also assist faculty who want to build sites for their own professional or classroom use.

In addition to these signature initiatives, the lab is seeking to partner with and support colleagues wishing to pursue other digital projects.

If you have a project idea, large or small, that pursues any of the following activities, please consider submitting a proposal.

  • design and build something that enhances student learning,
  • explore a digital tool for your scholarship or teaching,
  • develop an assignment that needs specialized digital support,
  • publish a digital object that advances research or teaching,
  • “hack,” flip, or remix part of your course or pedagogy.

For 2017-18 projects and partnerships (including podcasts, website building, small grants, and new projects) please submit a brief proposal by completing this application before April 27th. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea before submitting the short application form, do not hesitate to email Scott Cohen, Director of the Digital Innovation Lab.


CTL Grants

SOTL Research Grant (one grant awarded per year)
Awarded annually, this $2500 grant provides support for a faculty member or faculty team engaged in research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL). A maximum of $1000 of the grant will be awarded as a stipend, and the remaining funds are available to cover research and travel costs related to the project, as well as funding for student research assistance. If the research proposed involves human subjects, applicants should first consult with the Director of Academic Development about Institutional Review Board requirements. Preference will be given to projects leading towards publication. Applications are due May 1st.

Classroom Innovation Grant (five grants awarded per year)
Awarded each semester, these grants provide "start-up" funds for innovative projects meant to enhance student learning. Typically capped at $1000, the grant can support a range of projects: development of curricular materials, course-related student publications, and instructional technology innovations (in some circumstances, technology requests may exceed the typical $1000 cap). This grant cannot be used for a faculty stipend or the purchase of standard course materials. Instructional technology-related requests should first be submitted to IT (since they may choose to fund the project out of their own budget). Applications for fall semester are due May 1st. 

Information skills curriculum grants

The library is offering $1000 Information Skills Curriculum Grants to faculty who participate in a Fall 2017 collaboration. These grants provide an opportunity for faculty to work with a librarian to reimagine research support and instruction for a fall course. Up to five grants are available.  
Faculty will participate in a kickoff luncheon on May 17th, followed by individual meetings with their Library partner. Faculty are expected to meet with their Librarian at least once by August 1st, with at least one additional planning meeting prior to the start of classes. Partnerships will take place during the Fall 2017 semester, and faculty receiving grants will participate in CID Lab-n-Lunch events and present on their partnership during an event at the end of the fall semester.
The Library is launching a new Information Skills Curriculum based on the ARCL Framework. This curriculum sets broad learning outcomes for students to foster their development as independent thinkers capable of analyzing, evaluating, and creating information. We are looking for faculty interested in helping us pilot this new curriculum by working one-on-one with a librarian to design or redesign library instruction for their course.  
Grant Payment 
Faculty participants will receive $500 after planning their class collaboration by the end of August, and $500 at the end of the fall semester after completing their partnership. 
Please contact Liz Chase,, 508-565-1329 
To Apply: 
Complete our brief application form by May 5th.

Enhance your eLearn course consultations

The Department of Information Technology is offering $125 for a 3 hour individual consultation and an additional $125 for a report to the faculty at the end of the fall semester for the purpose of demonstrating how improving eLearn course design has implications for student success.  
A grant to support faculty members interested in taking their eLearn course design to the next level. This is offered to all faculty regardless of their level of eLearn knowledge and expertise. Each consultation will be  tapered to the individual and geared to the specific goals of the course.  

We are starting our 4th year with Blackboard's learning management system and there are many tools and improved features you may be interested in adopting in your eLearn course and may not be aware how to access or implement. Also, predicated on the lack of free time to experiment with new tools and how change can be difficult once the semester begins, we are interested in offering individual support for leveraging best practices for course design and also tap into new ideas and uses for eLearn in conjunction with your course objectives. 

3 hour initial one-on-one session (can be broken into separate meetings), anytime during the summer, preferably before August. 


Please contact Jan Harrison,, 508-565-1096 

To Apply: 
All interested candidates are accepted! Please contact Jan Harrison,, 508-565-1096 to schedule a consultation. 

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