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New Initiatives/New Infrastructure (NINI Grants)

Available once per year. Requests for proposals are typically announced in late Fall/Early Winter. 

Deadline for AY 17-18 to be determined.

New Initiatives/ New Infrastructure (NINI) projects seek to improve teaching and learning in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts through the creative use of digital resources or information technology.

Proposals should seek to enhance the student learning experience by any means, as long as LSA undergraduates students are direct and substantial beneficiaries and some type of tool or technology plays an enabling role.

Possible projects could include: 

 

  • Transform large lectures into workshops or flip parts of a course to allow interactive, team-based learning;
  • Shift a lecture-based  course to active learning or studio instruction and incorporate digital resources/activities to increase student engagement;
  • Integrate experiential learning and engaged learning opportunities into a class and use collaboration tools to facilitate community engagement;
  • Connect students with community leaders in engaged learning and innovation related to local and global issues; and use peer-to-peer videoconferencing to promote community engagement, civic development, and academic success;
  • Explore how collaborative technologies and social media could enhance pedagogical strategies and address challenging classroom experiences related to climate and inclusiveness;
  • Create materials, tutorials, or videos that foster inclusive classroom practices and pedagogies and encourage teaching in ways that do not exclude students, accidentally or intentionally, from opportunities to learn;
  • Integrate digital resources, collections, or data sets into course activities and student projects — librarians from the University Library would love to participate!
  • Incorporate Gradecraft or ART2.0, eCoach, Advising Tools, or expertise from the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure to transform courses and meet student needs.

Proposals should explain the pedagogical value, scope, and scale of the project, present the intended benefits and impact on the undergraduate student experience, describe associated risks, and establish a plan for assessment. All faculty or staff responsible for the project must be clearly identified. 

Over the past five years, an average of five proposals have been funded per year, ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 per project.

 

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should consist of:

  • a narrative no longer than five (5) pages
  • a detailed budget justification
  • an abstract suitable for general distribution
  • a supporting letter from the Chair or Director

Successful proposals will be asked to report outcomes to the LSA instructional community.

Consultations & Resources

To ensure a successful proposal, NINI applicants are encouraged to consult with campus and college instructional technology consultants, including:

  • LSA Instructional Support Services (Ralph Franklin, ralphf@umich.edu)
  • Language Resource Center (Philomena Meechan, phili@umich.edu)