Center for Teaching and Learning

Course Innovation Proposals

The purpose of the EMCC Course Innovation Funds is to provide a faculty-driven mechanism for developing, expanding, and upgrading EMCC’s course offerings to improve student access and student success.  To be considered, the course development process must require resources over and above those that are normally part of faculty’s course development.

What type of course development can be funded?
  • Development of new online and hybrid course masters.

  • Development and redesign of course masters for all modalities to fully incorporate open educational resources (OERs).

  • Development of courses in any modality that incorporate novel learning techniques to improve student success (e.g., problem-based learning integrating the EMCC Maker Space, The STEAM Engine).  Courses will result in a course master loaded into the LMS with appropriate content.

  • Upgrading of online and hybrid courses whose LMS course master needs  to be brought up to current standards. (Only courses that have not been developed or redesigned within the past 3 years can be considered)
What types of course development can’t be funded

Course Innovation funds cannot be used for activities that are part of the routine duties of faculty and staff.  Examples of what funds cannot be used for:

  • Routine curriculum development

  • Minor maintenance  of existing courses

  • Learning communities (a separate grant and funding process exists for these)
Who can apply for funding?
  • Residential faculty who are experts in the content area to be developed.  

  • Adjunct faculty who have been selected by division chairs to develop a course when there are no residential faculty available. The adjunct faculty must be a content expert and participate in the college development process for the proposed modality.
What are the funding guidelines?
  • If approved, faculty proposing a course innovation will be funded as follows:

    • New course development will be funded at $863 per load hour up to a maximum of $1726.00 (2 credits).  

    • Upgrades  will be funded at $287.67 per load hour up to a maximum of  $863.

  • Funding is for one year, and  cannot cross fiscal years (funding allocations do not roll over).

  • 50% of funds will be disbursed upon completion of 50%  of project (50% will be determined by consultation with FRACTL chair or CTL director); 50% of funds will be disbursed upon completion of the project (see timeline below for details.).

    • Faculty who were partially paid for developing a course but did not complete the development process will not be considered for course innovation funding for two years following the year the project was due to be completed.

    • Faculty who develop a course, but do not offer it within one academic year of development completion  will not be considered for  course innovation funding for two years following the year the project was due to be complete.


  • If a proposal has more than one developer, the funds will be split between all developers.

  • It is expected that the proposal will be completed within one academic year.  It is also expected that the course will be offered in the following academic year.

  • Funding can not be used for reassigned time.
What are the expectations for an accepted course developer?
  • All developers will have individual monthly meetings with instructional designer to check in on progress and provide feedback.  Meetings will include:

    • Creating and editing design map

    • Incorporating assessment, learning objectives and outcomes

    • Ensuring Federal and ADA compliance.

    • Advisement, when appropriate, on how Canvas and other technology tools could enhance course.

  • Developers will participate in training during the Fall semester  to guide them in effective development. These could include one or more of the following, depending on need and expertise of developer. Need will be determined by by instructional designer working with developer.

    • One on one workshops with instructional designer

    • Small group workshops facilitated by an instructional designer

    • Online tutorial courses

  • Developers will complete 50% of course (i.e., course content), as determined by agreement with instructional designer, by the first day of accountability in the Spring semester.

  • Course review of final draft of course with

    • Subject matter expert (from campus, when possible or recruited from another campus. The subject matter expert may be identified in collaboration with the developer, appropriate chairs, or appropriate Instructional Councils.)

    • Peer reviewer who is knowledgeable in proposed methodology

    • Instructional designer to ensure course meets EMCC quality best practices

  • A CATS will be completed describing lessons and insights learned through the development process.

  • In addition, developers are encouraged to share their course, innovation, and development insights with the EMCC community (e.g., five minutes of fame, a workshop, or other vehicle.)

  • Course development will be complete by June 30 of the year following the awarding of the funding..

  • Course will be taught the Fall or Spring semester after the course is complete.

  • FRACTL Chair in collaboration with CTL Faculty Director will be responsible for determining completion of work and payout of funding.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the FRACTL committee chair.  

What is the timeline?
  • January – Call for applications goes out the third week of January; Project submitted for approval to appropriate supervisors; Project is written up.

  • March- Proposal is submitted to FRACTL chair no later than the Friday of the first week of March

  • April- Proposal are evaluated by FRACTL  committee and determination of funding is sent to applicants by the Friday of the first week of April.

  • July- Funding cycle for project begins, project must be complete by June of the following year, and be ready to be offered.

  • January of second year- 50% of the project must be in the LMS by Friday of accountability.  If 50% is not complete by the Friday of accountability, no payment is made, and the project ends.

  • June of second Year- Course must be completely developed by June 30 to receive final 50% pay.

August or December of second year- Developed courses must be offered in Fall or Spring semester.

What are the steps that I need to complete to get funding?

Prior to submitting this proposal to the FRACTL committee, ensure that you have completed each step.

  • Read Proposals for Course Innovation Funding  Sheet (i.e., the first page of this document).

  • Read Course Innovation Funding Proposal Rubric. Get clarification of criteria rubric from CTL director, if needed.

  • Get appropriate supervisors' approval.  Inform your chair about the project, discuss the impact of the program on your division with your chair, and ensure that the chair approves the proposal. In addition, your proposal will require the approval of all appropriate direct supervisors (e.g., other impacted Division Chairs).  Approval must also include at least one or more  dean or vice president, as appropriate.  Appropriate supervisors will email their approval to the FRACTL chair (or sign the paper application) and copy the proposal applicants.

  • Write and submit proposal.  After appropriate supervisors approves the idea, the proposal is written up.  You may need to work with your colleagues, chairs and OPIE to get the information requested in this proposal form.  Send the form to the FRACTL chair.

Get FRACTL Committee approval.  The FRACTL committee will then review and rank the application. To be funded, a proposal must pass the minimum requirement for approval (80%) on the rubric.  All proposals that meet the minimum requirement are then ranked.  Proposals are then funded in order (i.e., highest first) until the available funds are exhausted.

Where can I get the EMCC Course Innovation Proposal Form?