Igniting Innovative Teaching & Learning
Innovation Grants Challenge
Submit your Teaching & Learning idea for a chance to win $5,000 to fund your project!
The Faculty Center for Innovation is pleased to announce Spark Tank! – an innovation grants challenge designed to create community and invigorate faculty teaching and learning at Park University. Teams of 3 (faculty or faculty/student combinations) compete in a live, show-style competition to pitch their innovative teaching and learning ideas for a chance to win a $5,000 prize to fund their project! Three projects will be funded up to $5,000 each. Cross-disciplinary and cross-campus projects are encouraged.
Teams submit a written proposal by June 1st and - if advanced to final round - 6 teams will present live at a SparkTank event on August 8th, during the Fall Faculty Conference. During the live competition, finalists will have ten minutes to pitch their idea, followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A with the judges and live audience (open to the entire Park academic community). Pitches should be exciting, engaging, concise, and outline the project’s plan for implementation and ability to innovate teaching & learning at Park. Three winning teams each receive up to $5,000 to implement their project during the 2017-2018 academic year and share the results of their project.
Examples of challenge topics might include (but are not limited to): flipping a class, online practices, self-paced modules, pirate patch, project-based learning, service-learning, gaming, simulation, 3-D printing, virtual reality, etc.
Spark Tank Brainstorming Session
May 11th (Thurs) from 1:00-2:00pm, CST in Norrington Learning Lab or Zoom
This is an opportunity to get together to discuss your potential ideas and find collaborators. Please join us onsite or via webinar. Or, if you'd like to collaborate virtually, feel free to check out the collaborative wiki.
Examples of potential topics include (but are not limited to):
How to Pitch Your Idea
The Process for Competing in Spark Tank!
All applications are due June 1st! Teams are judged by an expert panel (including 1 Trustee, 1 representative from academic leadership, 1 student representative, 1 external expert, 1 technology expert, and 1 Center representative). The First round consideration will evaluate written proposals for innovative approach, clarity, feasibility, and impact.
Round 2 (Live Competition)
The judging criteria for the final round will include the above criteria as well as presentation of the pitch. During the live competition, finalists will have ten minutes to pitch their idea, followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A with the judges and live audience. Pitches should be exciting, engaging, concise, and outline the project’s plan for implementation and ability to innovate teaching & learning at Park. The 3 projects earning the most overall points in the scoring guide will be winners of the competition and will be awarded grant funds up to $5,000 per project.
How to Use Funding
Funds can not be used for course release or overtime. Hiring consultants to create material is acceptable.
No more than 20% can be used as direct compensation to any one person on the three-person spark tank team. If funds are to be used for software/hardware, it should be done in consultation with ITS, to see if faculty can use Park discounts.
How to Apply
To apply, click the link below and complete the online application form. Your application & pitch will require the following (no more than 5 pages double spaced):
Thank you for your interest in Spark Tank. Applications were due June 1, 2017.
This program was inspired by and modeled after A.T. Still University's SparkTank Competition