BCcampus EdTech Fellows 2019-2020 – Call for Proposals

March 4, 2019 – May 10, 2019 all-day

In keeping with its mandates to explore the effective pedagogical use of education technology in post-secondary education, and to support the innovative pedagogical use of education technology, BCcampus is pleased to announce the Education Technology Fellows Program.

The intent of this program is twofold.

  1. To enable teaching faculty to experiment with technology interventions that assist in solving pedagogical challenges within their teaching & learning context,
  2. To generate empirical research on the effectiveness of that education technology intervention through publishable research that will increase the visibility of education technology as an academic field and discipline.

To achieve these goals, BCcampus will provide three grants of up to $10,000 each to teaching faculty to enable their educational technology research.

We are looking for post-secondary educators in British Columbia who are committed to scholarly approaches in exploring and improving student learning through the use of technology, and who are eager to conduct and share their research and experiences with colleagues and peers.

Responsibilities of grantees

  • Conduct research according to an approved research plan, outlined in the application form.
  • Attend and present their research from this project at 2 or more BCcampus events in 2020 (the BCcampus Festival of Learning (May 2020) and one of either ETUG Fall Workshop or the Symposium on Teaching & Learning (Fall 2020).
  • Author 2 posts for the BCcampus blog related to your research.
  • Publish the results of the research in an open format on the BCcampus website and (optional) and suitable open access journal dedicated to the study of education technology, education within your field of discipline, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • To acknowledge BCcampus as the funder for the research in all papers, publications & presentations.

Appointment Terms

  • Appointments will be for 18 months beginning July 1, 2019, with projects expected to be completed by December 2020.
  • Each Fellow will receive;
    • An allowance to cover travel, accommodation, and all expenses to attend meetings & present research findings at conferences (to a maximum of $3000).
    • A stipend to support the scholarly research project as outlined in your proposal (to a maximum of $7000).
  • All materials created as part of this project will be shared under a Creative Commons open license (CC BY).

How funding should be used

  • To provide technical, pedagogical, and/or research support for the duration of the project.
  • To cover costs associated with technology access and/or licensing fees to use technology.
  • Travel, accommodation, and expenses related to attending Fellows meetings & presenting on your research at a minimum of 2 BCcampus sponsored teaching & learning events.
  • Open Access publishing fees (if applicable).

Important Dates

Call opens March 1, 2019
Application Deadline May 10, 2019
Adjudication of proposals May 11- June 14, 2019
Notifications to successful applicants June 17, 2019
EdTech Fellow Appointment July 1, 2019
Research window July 1, 2019 – December 2020
Presentation by Fellows (minimum 2) Festival of Learning (May 2020) and either ETUG or Symposium (Fall 2020)
Final research reports due December 2020



To be eligible for the BCcampus EdTech Fellows Program, applicants must be an instructor or faculty member teaching at a British Columbia public post-secondary institution.

Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate the following.

  1. A clearly articulated research proposal with well defined pedagogical rationale. This should include a detailed section on describing your institutional ethics review process, and your institutional Privacy Impact Assessment process as it applies to the use of education technology.
  2. Alignment with areas of education technology interest of BCcampus, including;
    • Open source technologies & applications, including technologies that support models of open pedagogy and the use of Open Educational Resources (OER).
    • Technologies associated with online and blended learning models.
    • Personalized Learning.
    • Adaptive Learning.
    • Extended Reality technologies, including Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality applications.
    • Assessment platforms, including the use of micro-credentials and digital badges.
    • Artificial Intelligence platforms, such as chatbots.

Adjudication Process

Adjudication of proposals will be done by a committee of 3 BCcampus adjudicators and will be assessed using the following criteria.

  • Impact on Practice and Improved Student learning: Potential impact or benefit of the research project on student learning in B.C. post-secondary education (up to 40 points)
  • Strong alignment between pedagogical question and/or challenge, and technological choice (up to 20 points).
  • Background in Teaching and Research: Applicant’s demonstrated ability to conduct research independently and their commitment to learning-focussed post-secondary teaching (up to 20 points)
  • Communication & Facilitation Skills: Ability to effectively communicate about their research and advocate for the importance of scholarly approaches to teaching and learning in support of student learning and success (up to 20 points)

In the event of a tie, other factors that affect selection include institution and type (e.g., college, institute, teaching university, research university), regional balance, and faculty position.  Our aim is to support research in a variety of institutions across the B.C. post-secondary system and to support faculty in a variety of roles, including part-time and contract instructors.

How to Apply

Please download and complete the BCcampus Education Technology Fellowship Program application form and email as an attachment to LTproposals@bccampus.ca by May 10, 2019 (midnight Pacific time). Receipt of all submissions will be confirmed by an email reply within 48 hours.

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