Teaching Advancement and Research Grants in Educational Technology





Pacific University is committed to advancing the purposeful integration of digital technology into teaching and learning to improve student learning, increase access to the university, and further academic inquiry. To help reach these goals, the Provost’s Office, the Libraries, and the Center for Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation are soliciting proposals from Pacific faculty interested in using digital and online technologies to improve or redesign existing courses.


The goals of TARGET 2014 are:


Based on these goals, we will be looking for projects that:

Improve student engagement and learning

We encourage projects that help engage students in face to face classes by the integration of online and classroom technology; use technology to expand students’ learning spaces; develop fully online or blended classes that meet particular educational needs.  Within this theme, we are particularly interested in projects that employ the “flipped classroom model,” blended learning methods, or engage students virtually in a fully online environment.

Increase access to the University

We also encourage projects that use online technologies to facilitate access to Pacific University by engaging new constituencies of students (particularly for groups traditionally underserved by Pacific), by helping existing students more easily access Pacific courses or resources, and by reaching out to alumni and professionals. 

Explore new modes of scholarship and inquiry

We also encourage projects that use virtual and digital environments for faculty and students to re-imagine the who, what, when, where, and how of traditional courses. Of special interest are projects that: allow students to engage with the community beyond Pacific; explore, use, or develop open educational resources; or engage in multimodal composition or other projects that increase digital literacy.


An over-arching theme is the “impact factor.” We will be selecting projects that promise to have the greatest impact on other courses, programs, or curricula.  We are particularly interested in projects that will act as a pilot or first step for a larger initiative, model an effective or innovative e-learning method or strategy that can be adopted by other courses within that discipline or across disciplines, or that demonstrate the feasibility of a particular e-learning method or strategy.  

We encourage proposals that will provide opportunities:

We also encourage proposals that utilize resources freely available to Pacific faculty, staff, and students.  We are particularly interested in seeing projects that use the capabilities of Moodle, Boxer Apps, and other software and resources currently supported by Pacific University.

All proposals will be considered, but preference will be given to those that address one or more of these themes and considerations.


All Pacific University faculty are eligible to participate in the TARGET program.

Proposal and Selection Process

Download the Proposal Outline

A review committee comprised of the Director for Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation, a faculty representative from the Library, and faculty representatives from the Teaching and Learning with Technology Advisory Committee will recommend proposals for final approval by the President’s Cabinet.  Successful proposals will:

A complete proposal will include:

Completed proposals should be e-mailed to the Center for Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation ( by December 20.

Institutional Support for Accepted Projects

Accepted projects will receive:

Awards will be disbursed during the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Awards, therefore, cannot be applied to any expenses that will arise after June 30, 2014.


Expectations and Reporting

Each TARGET participant is expected to work with their department to ensure that their project is aligned and coordinated with other e-learning efforts.  In addition, TARGET participants must also: