DIY Microgrant FAQ

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How do I apply? What is required for the application?

You can apply through our webform once it goes live in mid-April. To help you get ready, here is the information we are requesting:

  1. A list of course(s) that will be impacted
  2. Brief description of your idea for enhancing teaching and learning within your class[es] and how the edtech would help you realize this vision. [Max: 400 words].
  3. If you have your own idea then you will need to provide a detailed list of items you would purchase and total cost NOT to exceed $500.
  4. Select how you would "Give Back" to your colleagues at UT, so that we may learn from your experiences and help others.

What are DIY Microgrants?

The Faculty Innovation Center’s DIY Micro-grants are grants of less than $500. The purpose is to provide faculty with startup funds for edtech to pilot and/or build technology-enhanced learning experiences for their courses.

Who will be able to apply?

Any UT Austin faculty who have not recently received Faculty Innovation or Provost Teaching Fellow Grants.

What are the preselected edtech options?

We have crafted a list of some common edtech options in order to help expedite the acceptance process. These are based on our work with faculty across UT and/or used within our Catalyst Lab:

Screencast-o-matic Pro Suite

  • Includes Screencast-o-maticPro 3 year subscription, Yeti microphone, and pop filter - approximately $250
  • For those who are looking for simple and easy to use screencasting software with basic editing capabilities for the PC or Mac. The PC version allows for system audio to be recorded.

Camtasia Software

  • Includes Camtasia Software - $170
  • For those who are looking for a more powerful screencasting software that still is user friendly, but who already have a good microphone.

Camtasia Suite

  • Includes Camtasia software, Yeti microphone, and pop filter - approximately $350
  • For those who need a good quality microphone and software, we reviewed recommendations by audiophiles to find the best dynamic mic.

Video on the Go

  • Includes GoPro Hero5 Session camera, SanDisc Extreme microcard 32GB, GoPro External Mic adapter, Rode VideoMicro Microphone, Headstrap and quick-release clip, GoPro Tripod Mount and Shorty Tripod, and Carrying Case - approximately $450
  • For those who are looking to create video from a first-person perspective to help learners see the technique more clearly or going out in the field to record a mini-lecture at an archaeological or geological site.

What if I have my own idea?

Fantastic! You can also request your own option where you construct your own price list for the edtech you would like to purchase up to but not exceeding $500.  This option will be reviewed by our team as part of the approval process [an extra step], while maintaining  the order in which you applied.

How will the proposals be evaluated?

This is an open call where submissions are processed as they come in and funds are granted until they are exhausted. Those with their own edtech option will be reviewed by our team as part of the approval process [an extra step], while maintaining  the order in which you applied.

What  is the schedule for submission?

A Call for Proposals will happen in mid-April and these grants will be an open call. Submissions will be processed as they come in until the funds are exhausted or the new fiscal year begins whichever comes first.

What ways can I give back to my UT colleagues?

We believe in paying things forward to the benefit of your colleagues at UT, so we are looking for ways for you to help others enhance their teaching and learning for the success of their students:

  • Write a Spark Blog Post about what you learned
  • Create a How-to Video for our Quick FICS Toolkit
  • Co-present at a Teaching and Learning workshop with the FIC
  • Co-present within your department or college with the FIC
  • Provide examples of your work that could be placed within a Deeper Dive Instructional Guide (Canvas course for those who teach at UT)
  • Be interviewed on camera by the FIC

If I have further questions, whom do I contact?

For further questions, contact Mike Wallace