A new call for proposals for the Open and Online Education stimulus package has been opened. Open and online education provides opportunities to innovate teaching, improve the quality of education and boost academic outcomes. That is why the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (ECS) is making funding available both for experiments with online education and for initiatives using open course materials. The submission deadline for your project proposal is 15 December 2017.
New format: 2 columns
The current Open and Online Education stimulus package has been revised. From now on, it will consist of two columns: online education and open course materials. ECS and SURF seek to encourage the adoption of open course materials. SURF is in charge of supervising the projects and sharing knowledge with the entirety of higher education.
Online education column: peer feedback and peer assessments this year’s themes in online education
Within this column, grants are available for either redesigning current educational offerings or developing new online education. This year, a theme has been introduced to focus the projects and to encourage the collaborative development of knowledge. The theme for this year’s proposals is the effective application of peer feedback and peer assessment in online education. A maximum of 550,000 euros in grant money will be available in this round. Each project can apply for a grant of no more than 100,000 euros. There is no lower limit; Small projects are welcome. The project must at least match the amount in its grant application with resources of its own. Projects should run for between 12 and 24 months. Submitted projects must start between 1 May and 1 September 2018.
Open course material column
Within this column, grants are available for experimentation with reusing existing and open course materials within communities of teachers. This will stimulate teacher collaboration across institutional borders to create and (re)use high-quality collections of open course materials. By working together, they can increase the quality of these materials and make more efficient use of their time. Each project can apply for a grant no greater than 175,000 euros. To ensure that the project results will be broadly applicable, each application must be submitted by no fewer than 2 different institutions of higher learning. The project must at least match the amount in its grant application with means of its own. Projects should run for between 12 and 24 months. Project submitters can choose a start date anywhere between 1 May and 1 September 2018.
Information and submitting a proposal
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, it is important that you follow UU’s internal procedure and that you use the template SURF will post on its website in early September. Please inform Educate-it (Educateemail@example.com) when you intend to submit your proposal. Educate-it can also assist with drafting your proposal if you wish.
You can find more information about this stimulus package on the SURF website.
Unlike in previous years, those applying for a grant will be personally responsible for submitting their proposal including all the relevant documentation (signed letter from the Executive Board, any additional letters of intent, budget) through www.dus-i.nl.
Additional information about submitting a project proposal, the procedures and the assessment criteria can be found in the following flyers about the Open and Online Education stimulus package:
You should also consult the web pages on the Open and Online Education stimulus package, which include links to previously approved projects (in Dutch):