76 Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund 2006 Competition

PDAD&C #76, 2005-06


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs
From: Safwat Zaky, Vice-Provost, Planning & Budget
Date: January 31, 2006
Re: Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund 2006 Competition




The Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund supports the development of course-related software and other instructional tools that would advance the use of information technology in teaching programs at the University.

Applications from faculty are invited for this year's competition.

Eligibility for project funding is detailed below.

Total Funding Available: $228,000


  • Funding will be provided as seed money for innovative, pedagogically-focused projects whose output is novel educational software or the novel use of information technology in our programs.
  • Funding from the ITCDF is intended to kick start projects, and is not intended to provide a continuing revenue source. Thus, projects that have received prior funding will not be funded in subsequent years.
  • The use of existing courseware products developed by other universities should be explored before funding is requested.
  • Collaboration in new developments with other Divisions is encouraged.
  • Funding requests must be matched 1:1 by the Faculty. In calculating the Division's match, in-kind time from IT staff or faculty release will not be included.
  • The use of existing computer equipment or software is not eligible for inclusion in the faculty match component.
  • Projects that focus on administrative aspects of teaching or that are purely administrative in nature are not eligible.
  • Projects that require major funds for the purchase of hardware, such as video-conferencing units, data projectors, or computers will not be supported through the ITCDF.


  • Application Deadline: Friday, 17 March 2006
  • Award Date: Friday, 6 April 2006


Applications should be brief (maximum 5 pages) and include:

  • the project title, the name(s) and department(s) of principal applicant(s), telephone, fax and e-mail contacts, and the URL of related or previous work, if any;
  • a description of the courseware product, highlighting its innovative nature;
  • the programs, courses and students that will benefit from the project;
  • a description of the project's relation to the Division's academic programs;
  • existing information technology facilities and their use, where relevant;
  • a detailed project budget, including total expected cost, the Division's matching contribution, faculty and staff resources, hardware, software tools and supplies;
  • the potential for use in other programs or disciplines.

In order to facilitate compilation of the requests, please provide an electronic version of your submission in Word or PDF.

In all cases, projects must be submitted via divisional offices, and be accompanied by a letter of support from the divisional head. Divisions with more than one project application are asked to rank them in priority order with a brief explanation.

Note: Projects involving College Programs should be submitted through the Dean of Arts and Science.

Applications should be sent to:

Marden Paul

Director Strategic Computing

Simcoe Hall, Room 225

27 King's College Circle

Tel: 416.946.0440



Projects will be reviewed by representatives from the Academic Computing Advisory Committee, Office of Teaching Advancement, Resource Centre for Academic Technology, and the Office of the Vice-President and Provost.

ITCDF funds are intended to promote and support the use of information technology in teaching. The quality and impact of a project will be paramount in funding decisions.


Notification of awards will be forwarded in writing to the appropriate Principal, Dean or the Chief Librarian, as well as to the successful applicant. Projects not selected for funding will be similarly notified.

Please contact Marden Paul with any questions about the ITCDF.