Get on Board for New DELTA Express Grants

DELTA Express Grants.

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DELTA has an exciting new opportunity for NC State University faculty and instructors this fall. Introducing DELTA Express Grants –– three new funding opportunities dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning by applying technology in innovative, collaborative ways. 

Like our traditional DELTA Grants program offered every year in the spring, DELTA Express Grants provide support, key services and financial resources to increase student success through faculty partnerships and research-based best practices. 

DELTA Express Grants differ from DELTA Grants in that they are shorter and more directed course improvement grants which will last a semester as opposed to the traditional year. 

We are excited to offer two brand new grant types this fall –– the Virtual Tours grant and Instructional Tools grant, as well as a returning favorite, the Rapid Course Design grant

Virtual Tours Grant

Does your course include a lab or field element? Do you wish you could bring your students along to exciting locations or spaces? Could your online students benefit from an immersive experience? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Virtual Tours grant is for you. The Virtual Tours grant assists faculty in filming or capturing an immersive educational environment (indoors or outdoors) to create an engaging way to work with course content online. Virtual tours often consist of 360° spatial video with informative “hotspots” or annotations.

This grant is designed for faculty seeking an innovative way to facilitate observations within a unique space or environment. Virtual tours can serve as quality online orientations or safety training materials to instructional spaces such as laboratories, museums, factories, parks, etc. They are effective in exposing students who have limited access or travel ability to a specific location that they could not otherwise experience in person.

Recipients of this grant will receive $2,000 as well as DELTA support, including but not limited to scanning of a space or environment, platform hosting, interaction design and authoring support, UX and content direction, and instructional consultations.

Instructional Tools Grant

Are you a fan of using instructional tools in your teaching, but want to apply them more effectively in your course? Meet the Instructional Tools grant. 

The Instructional Tools grant assists faculty who want to create effective learning activities using the following tools and concepts: accessibility, Universal Design for Learning, gamification, Google Assignments, Gradescope, H5P, Moodle quizzes, Moodle rubrics and grading guides, Panopto, PlayPosit, Top Hat, Turnitin PeerMark and WordPress.

This grant is meant for faculty who want to integrate effective learning strategies aligned with their course goals and delivery methods but seek assistance designing effective and pedagogically appropriate activities using technology. 

Recipients of this grant will receive $2,000 as well as DELTA  support, including but not limited to workshops, consultations, action plan templates and additional resources.

Rapid Course Design Grant

Need a quality course and fast? The Rapid Course Design grant has you covered.

The Rapid Design Course grant helps faculty quickly develop effective, standards-based online courses using a series of consultations and templated courses and materials. Designed to empower faculty to create a solid foundational design for their courses, the grant supports the rapid design and development of a new or existing online and distance education course according to national course quality standards and best practices.

Recipients of this grant will receive $2,000 as well as support from DELTA’s expert instructional designers and technologists. This grant is best-suited for faculty who are self-starters, only need direct guidance to quickly get courses online and do not require media support.

Ready to start your journey with DELTA Express Grants? 

Welcome aboard!

Visit go.ncsu.edu/delta-express-grants for more information about each grant type and other important dates.

View our DELTA Express Grants FAQ page for information about grant eligibility, the review process and general inquiries. The proposal submission system opens on Aug. 2 and closes on Aug. 13. 

Email deltaexpressgrants@ncsu.edu with specific questions.