The Provost Hybrid Course Award
The Provost Hybrid Course Award (PHCA) is a grant program that provides support for UC Davis faculty to create hybrid courses, in which face-to-face instruction and activities integrate in balanced proportion with online instruction and activities. Developed with the encouragement of Provost Ralph Hexter and the sponsorship of former Vice Provosts Pat Turner and Pete Siegel, the PHCA facilitates the gradual but steady accumulation of high-quality hybrid courses in the UC Davis curriculum. The PHCA is designed specifically to encourage excellent instructors to move into the world of blended teaching and learning.
The PHCA uses $50,000 to support four faculty through the course design process. With $12,500 each, faculty may use funds for services and resources provided by Academic Technology Services (ATS) or for up to three quarters of graduate student support for either course development or teaching. PHCA awardees also receive consulting support from both ATS and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). In addition, the award criteria request some form of departmental cost sharing or matching, such as faculty stipends, course releases, or further graduate student support.
The PHCA has a two-step application process which starts with letters of intent followed by formal applications. The deadlines for Fall 2013 are as follows:
LETTER OF INTENT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday October 23, 2013, 5:00pm
FORMAL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:00pm
Call for Proposals: Letter from Provost Ralph Hexter
MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY
RE: Provost Hybrid Course Awards (PHCA) Grants
The Provost Hybrid Course Award, administered by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), is a grant program designed to encourage excellent instructors to create innovative hybrid courses, in which face-to-face instruction and activities integrate in balanced proportion with online instruction and activities. The award includes funding of $12,500, as well as consulting and technical support from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and from Academic Technology Services, for the development of hybrid courses for January 2015 delivery.
Interested faculty should submit a letter of intent and a formal proposal by the deadlines specified above to email@example.com. PHCA proposals are evaluated by a faculty-staff Review Committee that advises the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education on award decisions. In assessing proposals, the Review Committee considers their relative merits for improving teaching and learning on the UC Davis campus. Proposals that include a departmental cost share or match will receive priority consideration. Proposals are most likely to be well regarded by the Review Committee if they reflect some of the following features:
- New applicants and new courses (i.e., not existing online courses)
- A clear statement of instructional purpose
- A direct response to current faculty or student concerns
- A direct response to internal or external program reviews
- The potential to improve instruction for a substantial number of students
- The potential to address campus-wide initiatives or educational challenges
- Budget projections that are strategic and reasonable
- Proposals that integrate well with departmental curricula and budget
The full PHCA proposal guidelines are available on the CETL website, along with frequently asked questions and their answers and information on current projects under development through last year’s PHCA program. Please direct inquiries to Cara Harwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am delighted to offer this award for the development of hybrid courses, and I look forward to receiving your proposals.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor