Digital Pedagogy

The Faculty Hub is committed to helping faculty incorporate digital tools into their pedagogy. This support for digital pedagogies is provided through multiple programs. Our Digital Pedagogy Cohorts are semester-long commitments that focus on a specific area, like digital media or web publishing. We also support the experimentation and evaluation of digital pedagogy tools through the Digital Pedagogy (DP) grants. The DP grants are a collaboration across IS, the Faculty Technology Committee, and Faculty Hub.  Learn more about both programs below. 

Digital Pedagogy Grants

  • General Information

    This is a pilot program for the exploration and evaluation of digital pedagogy tools and practices that have the potential to enhance teaching and learning.    

    Digital pedagogy (DP) grants support the purchase or licensing of software or digital services (tools) that have the potential to enhance teaching and learning.Priority will be given to grant proposals that: 

    • Explain how a tool has potential to create new or enhanced learning opportunities beyond what is currently available on campus [see Instructional Software and Tools for Faculty]  
    • Define objectives that can be realistically completed during the grant period 
    • Explain your hopes for how the proposed software / service might enhance or improve learning
    • Align the use of the tool with inclusive pedagogy (IP) practices
    • Demonstrate the potential to impact more than one course or group of students 

    DP grants also include opportunities to be a part of a larger community experimenting and evaluating the role of digital pedagogy in the University of Richmond’s curriculum.    

    As a pilot program, DP grants support experimentation and evaluation of new tools for use in one or more courses for a duration of one to three semesters. Longer-term funding will follow the  IS governance process.  

    Computing hardware is outside the scope of these grants. DP grants do not directly provide integrationwith existing enterprise systems (e.g. Blackboard, Box, Office 365).  If this is essential for your proposal, please consult with Information Services before submitting your application.   

    Learn more about the grant structure and evaluation process here

  • Current & Previous Recipients

    Below is a list of Digital Pedagogy Grant recepients and the pedagogical tools approved for evaluation by the Digital Pedagogy Grant committee. 

    Pedagogical Tool Faculty Member(s) Evaluation Period
    Mentimeter  Olivier Delers & Michael Marsh-Soloway AY 2022-2023
    EdPuzzle Olivier Delers & Michael Marsh-Soloway AY 2022-2023
  • Apply

    Link to the application

    Deadlines:

    • Deadlines for summer & fall 2022 funding coming soon 

    Questions:

    • Primary Instructor Applicant’s Name, UR Email, School/Department
    • How many instructors will be evaluating this tool? 
    • Course(s) for which this funding request is made:
      • Semester(s)
      • Course Number(s)
      • Course Title(s)
      • Enrollment(s)
    • Name of software or service (“tool”) requested. (If possible, please provide link to software’s website)
    • Do you have any prior experience with this software or service? Please explain.
    • Please explain your hopes for how the proposed software / service may enhance or improve learning in your course. If any of your course’s learning objectives may be affected by the proposed evaluation, please note which ones.
    • If a similar software/service already exists on campus, please explain why you cannot use the existing tool or why you believe that testing a new tool may be useful.  (If no such similar tool exists, please reply N/A).
    • How will the software/service help promote inclusive and equitable teaching practices?
    • Does this software or service have the potential to impact more than one course or group of students (now or in the future)? Please explain.
    • Please provide a detailed budget with justification. Include a vendors’ quote for proposed purchases or a detailed list of expenditures, including such information as duration of access to purchased software, number of licenses, etc. Before completing the budget, please review the scope and limitations for expenditures from the call for proposals.
    • If possible, please upload quotes from venders
    • Duration of requested evaluation period
    • If your proposal is awarded, your department (or school) will make the purchase with vendor. Please provide a budget number to which funds will transfer if awarded and the name and email address of the individual who oversees this budget (to ensure transfer is completed successfully).
    • Additional comments relevant to your application and not already included in this application.

Digital Pedagogy Cohorts

Led by the Faculty Hub’s technology consultants, the DPC provides opportunities for faculty to improve their skill with digital pedagogy methods, increase their familiarity with digital pedagogy theories, and cultivate community during a semester-based cohort model. In addition to individual consultations available to all faculty, DPC cohort members engage in seminar-style discussions around the use of digital pedagogies, and be eligible to request in-class workshop observation and customized feedback from Hub technology consultants.

  • Web Publishing

    The 2022 spring Digital Pedagogy cohort focus is web publishing. Have you ever thought about creating a blog assignment, online exhibition, or social media assignment for your course? Have you incorporated a web publishing assignment in the past but want to improve it? If so, email us at facultyhub@richmond.edu and let us know you’d like to participate.  

  • Digital Media

    Our pilot cohort focused on digital media (e.g. digital storytelling, podcasting, videographic essays) and was designed for faculty who were creating a digital media assignment or project for the first time, or wanting to improve an existing assignment or project. The cohort met twice a month during the Fall 2021 semester, with individual consultations and in-class observations available by request. 

    Resources

    Topic Resource
    Designing Effective Digital Media Projects Guide
    Creating Flexible Digital Media Assignments Guide
    Where to Find Stock Media Guide
    Considerations for Scaffolding Digital Media Assignments Slides