Brown Instructional Technology (BIT) Grants
2008 Call for Projects — Deadline May 20
The Brown Instructional Technology (BIT) Grants Program is an opportunity for faculty and graduate instructors to have digital projects created for their courses. Project proposals should state specific pedagogical goals and explain how the use of technology might enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Projects will be developed by the Students Technology Assistant Program, and coordinated by the Instructional Technology Group in collaboration with the instructor(s) and any graduate or undergraduate student researchers.
Work will take place during the summer and could extend to the following academic year.
Types of Projects
- demonstrate concepts you typically draw on the board
- allow students to learn more by seeing things change across time and space
- gather important research findings by you and students and publish them on the World Wide Web
- showcase student projects
Digital Video Production
- produce a short video that clarifies a core concept, demonstrates a lab technique, fosters a discussion
- create audio clips or voice-overs to use in PowerPoint or video
MyCourses Course Websites - Designer Help
- Banner Image
custom design for pages inside MyCourses to set your class apart
- Online Quiz
have general questions added to your course to gauge students' understanding of specific lectures
- Course-specific Resources
have modules created with links to course-appropriate websites and professional organizations, library resources, interactive web animations, etc.
In addition to these specific areas, you can request help for slide, audio and video digitization. Proposals clearly stating the dimensions and use of the digitized materials will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Support is also available to help you work on digital presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote) including images, video clips and animations.
Animated Atlas of African History
Nancy Jacobs, History and Africana Studies
Mayan Word and Syllable Glyphs
Stephen Houston, Anthropology
Click on glyph types to see animations.
Peter Scharf, Classics
Click on a character to view a movie on how to draw it.
La ciudad Literaria
Julio Ortega, Hispanic Studies
Personal literary works published to a customized blog, which handles categorization, sorting and archiving.
Matthew Garcia, Ethnic Studies
The website is a resource on the history of the Chicano movement in rural Southern California. It includes a documentary, oral histories, primary sources and more.
Online Fairy Tale Type database
Lewis Seifert, French Studies
This web application allows professor Seifert and students to create French tale types, associate English translations, and add URLs to useful external resources.
Falls and Their Prevention
Stephen Smith and Richard Besdine, Bio Med Medical Education
Virtual Tour of Woonsocket Museum of Work and Culture
Brook Harrington, Sociology
Voice over by Brooke Harrington and from original recordings done from Mill Workers, courtesy of Woonsocket Museum of Work and Culture
Deadline for receipt of project proposals is Tuesday May 20, 2008. All applicants will be contacted no later than May 23, 2008 as to the status of the proposal.
BIT grant recipients agree to:
– Attend meetings and participate in communications to make sure their projects are planned for, properly executed and completed in a timely manner.
– Complete their work within one year of receiving their grant.
– Present their work at a showcase organized by the Instructional Technology Group.
Specific enquiries can be addressed directly to your instructional technologist and to Giovanna Roz, ITG Projects Coordinator.
The Instructional Technology Group