“OneNewThing” Mini-Grants


NOTE:  We are temporarily pausing the OneNewThing mini-grant program while we explore the impact and reach of our funding programs.  In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us at the OTL (otl@du.edu) if you would like to brainstorm new ideas for your teaching practice.

Do you have an idea for “OneNewThing” to improve your students’ learning experience?

Students working on class project

OTL’s mini-grants program, OneNewThing (ONT), is designed to help you explore ways to make your classes even better – one strategy, tool, or activity at a time.

How it works:

  1. Submit the application form below to set up an initial meeting to discuss your potential OneNewThing.
  2. If your project is accepted, an OTL liaison will work with you on designing and implementing the activity.
  3. After you’ve tried out your OneNewThing in one or more classes, we’ll ask you to share what you’ve learned with other DU faculty.
  4. Bonus: We then recognize your efforts with a $500 stipend!

Your project should be:

  • A new-to-you technology, teaching method, or assessment activity;
  • Reasonably expected to improve learning;
  • Developed collaboratively with OTL; and
  • Focused and doable within one academic term.

Questions to consider:

As you ponder the OneNewThing you’d like to implement, consider the following questions.

  • What are you trying to change? Or, what problem are you trying to solve?
  • What do you propose to do?
  • How do you think this change will make a positive impact on your course?

OneNewThing Application

OTL funds a limited number of grants each quarter. All full-time DU faculty are eligible to apply; adjunct faculty and graduate teaching assistants will be asked for a letter of support from the appropriate department chair, dean or associate dean. ONT proposals should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the term in which the ONT project will be implemented.

Share your “OneNewThing” Experience

We will be excited to learn from your experiences as you enhance your courses! There are a variety of options for sharing your OneNewThing project with other DU faculty, including (but not limited to) creating a video, delivering a presentation, or writing a blog post for the OTL website. Be sure to view the OneNewThing Archive for examples of past projects. Regardless of which method you choose, we ask that you address the following questions when sharing your project:

  1. What were you trying to change or solve? Identify the aspect of teaching and/or learning that you were attempting to improve or the challenge you were attempting to address by implementing your project.
  2. What did you do? Briefly explain your technique/strategy/idea/tool/activity. Include a description of what the students did differently (for example; how they interacted with you, each other, and/or the learning environment) and your role.
  3. How did it go, and what did you learn? Describe how the students responded, what learning improvements you see or can infer, the aspects of the method that were most difficult or surprising, and the potential challenges that others might face. What advice would you give to someone and/or what would you do differently next time?

Contact your OTL liaison when you are ready to discuss how you would like to share your OneNewThing project.

What OneNewThing are you (and your students) ready for?

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