New Call for eCampus Ontario Projects – 2017

The University of Toronto internal deadline for Expressions of Interest is Monday, June 5, 2017 (Note: Previous deadline of June 2 has been extended). Please email a short general description of your project idea (maximum 200 words) to Vice Provost Innovations in Undergraduate Education  at vp.iue@utoronto.ca with copy to online.learning@utoronto.ca.

Proposal consultation and development support is available for both the Open Textbooks call and the Digital Inclusion Research RFPs. If you are interested in pursuing this funding, please contact Laurie Harrison, Director of Online Learning Strategies at laurie.harrison@utoronto.ca or 416-978-1703. As this is the fifth round of provincial funding in this domain, we have a well-developed, strategic approach to provision of institutional supports and processes for curriculum initiatives and special projects which has proved successful in past years.

Full proposals are will be submitted by the Provost’s office on June 19, 2017. Award announcements will occur in August, with projects to be completed by March 2018 for this round.


Detailed Funding Program Information

Open Textbooks Initiative:

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has provided funding to increase the use of open textbooks through both creation and adoption in several priority areas. eCampus Ontario is accepting two types of proposals:

  1. Funding up to $15,000 per project is available to incentivize adoption/adaptation of existing eTexts and open educational resources in the following categories:
  • Textbooks for high-enrolment first and second-year courses
  • Original French-language content
  • Indigenous studies content
  • Trades and technical skills content
  • Content supporting the settlement of immigrants and refugees

2. Funding up to $40,000 per project is available for creation of new eTexts in the following categories:

  • Original French-language content
  • Indigenous studies content

See RFP site for more information on the Open Textbook Initiative Call


Digital Inclusion Research

As a centre for excellence in online learning, eCampusOntario has a mandate to support leading edge Ontario research in the field. In this Call for Proposals, the Ontario Digital Service has provided funding to support researchers who wish to explore digital inclusion and related areas of focus, such as inequities in access to the Internet and digital skills, practices of design which exclude groups or individuals, and explorations of the concrete ways in which people can benefit from the application of digital skills and access across sectors (e.g., healthcare, education, civic participation) as well as ways in which people may be put at risk as a result of lack of knowledge, or skills in digital technologies.

See RFP site for more information on the Digital Inclusion Research Call

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