The ePortfolio Project offers grants to help faculty members, programs, and units involved in the implementation of ePortfolios to receive the support they need to begin and sustain deep, meaningful teaching and research with ePortfolios. The ePortfolio grants are awarded once a year in the spring. Below are descriptions of the five categories of grants.
- Examples include designing or revising courses or assignments and working with a team of faculty to integrate ePortfolios into the curriculum.
- This work may require TA support, faculty salary stipend, and/or summer stipends for students. Departments and colleges or co-curricular units are expected to help with these costs.
- Proposals that lay out clear timelines and specific needs for curricular development will be given priority.
Space and Equipment
- Examples include equipment needed for both artifact and portfolio creation such as: equipment for lighting, sound, and photography to produce high-quality visual and audio artifacts and spaces where students can help each other.
- Space and equipment needs should be specifically linked to the needs of the ePortfolio Project, and where that space or equipment will serve multiple functions, the grant request must include appropriate contributions from the department, college, or other appropriate unit.
- Funding priority will be given to equipment and space grants that will support multiple individuals or units and that do not duplicate existing resources.
Research and Assessment
- Examples include developing research on specific aspects of ePortfolio practice (creation of artifacts, critical thinking, visual literacy, arrangement); projects that examine ePortfolio participation related to student success, retention, or engaged learning; or projects that consider the impact of ePortfolios on faculty and/or teaching.
- Projects that show potential for publication or eventual external funding and projects that contribute to the assessment of Auburn’s ePortfolio Project will be preferred.
Conference and Travel
- Examples include attendance at ePortfolio conferences such as the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Conference or the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) ePortfolio forum, or presentations on ePortfolios given at discipline-specific conferences.
- Travel grants are awarded to cover actual costs; reimbursement will occur upon presentation of appropriate receipts (airline tickets, lodging, transportation, and meals).
Workshop and Seed Project Grant
- Workshops or projects not to exceed $3,000.
- Examples include: collaborative programs that bring faculty or students from two or more Cohort programs together; an event that fosters discussions about ePortfolios in a department or program that has yet to join the Cohort; development of a research proposal related to ePortfolios; or programs that foster better assessment of ePortfolios within a program or department