REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Date Issued: Monday, June 1, 2020
Proposal Due Date: Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5 PM CST
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Background: The COVID-19 global pandemic drastically upended the higher education enterprise, particularly in the areas of teaching and learning. Stay at Home/Shelter in Place orders required higher education leaders to respond quickly by moving all courses to remote learning. In just week one of the Governor’s announcement, the Universities of Louisiana engaged in a wholesale, sudden shift to remote instruction, requiring all instructors to adapt how they provide instruction. Data showed that over 90% of all face-to-face (F2F) and hybrid courses, across the University of Louisiana System (UL System), were moved to either online or remote learning within week one. While this illustrated the tenacity and resiliency of the faculty, staff, and students, it also highlighted digital inequities across teaching and learning.
Project Description: Both faculty and students have increasingly diverse ranges of experiences with navigating different sets of digital and technology environments. The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing the breadth of higher education’s digital and technological divide. From an equity perspective, all faculty, staff, and students regardless of discipline, background, or experiences should have access to equitable teaching and learning environments. The general objective of this Request for Proposals (RFP) aims to improve digital and technological literacy and skills and expand online support through education, training, and professional development opportunities. Specifically, the RFP calls for applicants to design an online professional development (PD) course that addresses the technology and tools for online learning, quality matters, and innovative and engaging course content. Tracks are described below.
Track 1: Technology and Tools for Online Learning
Track 2: Quality Matters
Track 3: Innovative and Engaging Course Content
Track 4: Student Success Track
Applicant Expectations. Proposals should fit into one of the four tracks above. Applicants are allowed to submit more than one proposal. We reserve the right to award more than one grant to an individual. Those selected will be given access to a Moodle LMS Course Shell. Grant awardees will be given a minimum ten (10) days to prepare and build her/his professional development course. Professional development courses will be offered weekly beginning Monday, June 22, 2020. Professional development courses should require no less than 45 minutes of course participation and no more than five hours of course participation.
Course creation should utilize the ‘Bridging the Divide Professional Development Planning Guide’ in the course creation. Each PD course should have at minimum two modules/topic blocks. Each course should layout participant expectations in a document similar to a course syllabus. Course participants should be given resources, low-stakes assignments, and discussion components during professional development. We are encouraging pass/fail or complete/incomplete assessments. Any technical requirements, time commitments, synchronous sessions, or technology should be stated at the start of the course so participants can be best prepared for the PD course. Participants will be encouraged to complete the PD course within the week that the course is offered live. Those that finish the professional development course will be awarded a badge for participation. Those that do not finish the professional development course on time will not be penalized.
Those submitting a proposal should expect to create and facilitate the professional development course. This will require a minimum of two weeks (not necessarily consecutive) time commitment from the faculty/staff member; one week for course creation and one week for course facilitation.
Faculty/staff members who have proposals that are accepted will be paid a $1,000 stipend at the end of her/his facilitation of the professional development content.
Those who have proposals chosen will be required to:
The deadline for proposals has passed. All proposals that were submitted will be reviewed and notifications will go out by Friday June 12th.
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