Online Degree Programs

The Office of the Provost, Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) invite colleges and departments to apply for funding to support the development of innovative, technology-rich pedagogy and learning strategies to address needs in a constantly changing learning environment via new online degree programs.  A key goal of the award program is to support departments/colleges in the development of measurable and sustainable methods for improving instructional delivery and learning outcomes for UK degree programs in all content areas.

Grant Program Objectives:

  • Improve student learning outcomes, student success, engagement and retention
  • Enhance UK curricular offerings and overall UK competitiveness in instruction
  • Support departments and faculty who wish to expand instructional methods and/or academic programs
  • Implement quality assurance methodology for developing highly effective and efficient instruction

Faculty may develop a research program on the impact on students, instruction, and administrative challenges versus those of a traditionally taught course (if so, faculty may be required to submit an IRB application, independent of this proposal) and develop a plan to share findings, lessons learned and best practices widely.

The program will support the following:

  • Fully online graduate or undergraduate programs
  • UK-only or consortia programs involving multi-institutional collaboration
  • Research on the impact of the new degree program design on students, instruction, and administrative challenges versus that of a traditionally taught degree program

Two programs will be selected and will be funded up to $200,000 for a one year period. It is anticipated that in Round 3 (2015-16), a total of two additional awards will be provided. CELT and AT will provide resources and support (e.g., technical course development, instructional design, systems integration, assessment, and project management).