The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals for a course design or redesign using innovative teaching strategies tied to adaptive learning. Courses may be online, hybrid, or face-to-face in mode of delivery.

Courses (undergraduate or graduate) should employ innovative practices and strategies that emphasize student mastery of content. This project should amplify the impact of personalized learning approaches through the use of adaptive learning systems. These systems use data-driven approaches to student learning by adjusting students’ learning paths through content based on their understanding and mastery of content. The course design or redesign should connect data-driven teaching approaches derived from the diagnostic capabilities of the adaptive learning system to course delivery and content. Particular attention should be given to the scaffolding of course content utilizing the adaptive learning system to reinforce foundations of course topics. This approach has the potential to transform student learning, our campus, and the community. For more on adaptive learning, read the included Educause Learning Initiative article.

Successful proposals will be awarded a $3,000 faculty stipend, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding to support teaching materials, technology, etc. (up to $5,000).

Timeline and Expectations of Those Receiving Funding: The submission deadline is August 1, 2018 and award announcements will occur by September 1, 2018. Work should commence soon after the award announcement and may last through the Fall 2018 semester. The course proposal process must be completed so that courses can be offered in Spring 2019. Upon completion of the project, grant recipients must submit a one-page summary describing the course and completion of the curricular approval process.

Eligibility: All full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Multiple faculty can collaborate on a single proposal
and divide the faculty stipend award. If the primary proposer has received a Provost Course Design grant
during either the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 academic years, the proposed course in the Adaptive
Learning Grant must be an entirely new course and the projects kept completely separate.

Funding Priorities: In addition to a consideration of the qualifications of the proposer(s), preference will
be given to proposals that:

  • Are clearly aligned with adaptive learning best practices;
  • Employ innovative practices and strategies that incorporate diagnostic data in course delivery;
  • Connect students to personalized learning opportunities (through the adaptive learning system)
    that amplify overall course objectives.

Proposal Guidelines: Proposals should include the following:

  • Submission Form
  • Proposal description (3 pages max, excluding references, however references must be limited to
    1 page only), single-spaced, 11- or 12-pt font size, and written in clear, jargon-free English.Proposal descriptions should include:

    1. Situational Factors: What are the instructional considerations of this course?
      • Context: Level & number of students, mode of delivery, meeting frequency.
      • Nature of the Subject: Theoretical, practical, combination?
      • Characteristics of Learners: What prior knowledge do they bring?
    2. Student Learning Outcomes. Please list 3-6 SLOs addressing some of the following:
      • What do you want students to know and be able to do 3-5 years from now?
      • What key ideas do you want them to remember?
      • How do you want them to apply this knowledge?
      • What connections do you want them to make with previous learning?
      • What can they learn about themselves and others regarding course content?
      • What changes and or values do you hope students adopt?
      • What could students learn about becoming self-directed learners?
    3. Methods of Feedback and Assessment: How do you and the students know SLOs have
      been met?
    4. Teaching and Learning Activities: How do the activities utilize adaptive learning system diagnostic data of student learning and content
      mastery in course delivery
    5. Integration: Explain how the situational factors, learning goals, feedback and
      assessment, and the teaching/learning activities all reflect and support each other.
  • For proposers applying for an additional $5,000 for supportive materials and technology, please
    provide a Budget and a Budget Justification (1 page). Uses of funds are limited only in the sense
    that expenditures must be allowable under UNC Greensboro’s policies and related to advancing
    the work.
  • Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum for the primary proposer) including highlights of all teaching innovations. All past funding support for teaching innovations should also be included.
  • Please feel free to contact the UTLC for assistance in exploring a variety of experiential learning strategies as you develop specific SLOs, methods of assessment, and teaching/learning strategies and ways to align goals and assessment with experiential learning strategies.


  • Completed proposals should be submitted via Google Form no later than August 1, 2018.
  • Award recipients will be notified on or before September 1, 2018
  • Questions about the grant may be directed to Dr. Laura Pipe, Associate Director for the Teaching Innovations Office in the UTLC,, 336-334-3846, or Chris Dunst, Senior Director of Online Development and Support at UNCG Online,, 336-315-7762.