Target 2017

How to Apply

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 2017 are:

  • To understand how different physical and digital learning environments, emerging technologies, and e-learning methods may be best employed to increase student learning and engagement.
  • To identify how online technologies and e-learning methods can increase access to the University and its resources.
  • To foster faculty, student, and community engagement in the new modes of scholarship and inquiry that are afforded by digital and online technologies.
  • To identify e-learning strategies and methods that will have broad impact on curricula and programs in a department, school, college, or the University as a whole. 


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 portfolio-based assessment, the “flipped classroom model,” blended learning methods, or engage students virtually in a fully online environment.
  • Increase access and broaden the reach of 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; gamify learning experiences; or engage in multimodal composition or other projects that increase digital literacy.

An over-arching theme is “impact potential.” 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:

  • for students to  engage in coursework during Winter and Summer terms;
  • for students from Hawaii to access Pacific resources and courses when they are not on campus.

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, WordPress, and other software and resources currently supported by Pacific University. Integration of available library information resources with these technology resources in ways that improve visibility, accessibility, and use for students is also of interest.

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. Priority, however, will be given to those who have not received a TARGET award in the past three years

Proposal and Selection Process

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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 Group will recommend proposals for final approval by the President’s Cabinet.  Successful proposals will:

  • Demonstrate the significance of the projects’ contribution to student learning or engagement
  • Have potential to affect or inform an entire curriculum (either at the departmental, school, or college level) multiple curricula, or across disciplines.
  • Have a feasible timeline and budget
  • Provide evidence of departmental and college support.

A complete proposal will include: 

  • A project description that includes the course or curricula that will be affected, the learning outcomes that are expected from the project, the specific activities or learning processes for the project, who is included on the project team, the potential for broad impact, and an assessment and evaluation plan. The description should be no longer than 5 single-spaced  pages.
  • A timetable and budget that will include both hardware and software requirements and any additional support that might be necessary. The budget and timetable should be no longer than 3 pages.
  • Evidence of institutional support must include a letter of support from the head or director of each PI’s home department or school and a completed project support form from each PI’s College Dean.
Completed proposals should be e-mailed to the Center for Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation ( by March 24.

Institutional Support for Accepted Projects

Accepted projects will receive:

  • Instructional design support from the Center for Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation.
  • Up to $3,000 for technology or software costs related to the project.
  • Up to $5,000 per project that can be applied to either release time or stipends for project participants. Individual stipend awards will not exceed $3,000 and release time is contingent upon approval by Department, School, and Dean.
  • The opportunity to attend the Summer Online and Blended Learning Retreat.

Awards will be disbursed during the 2017/2018 fiscal year. Awards, therefore, cannot be applied to any expenses that will arise before June 30, 2017.


  • Proposal shared with Department Chair or Program Director by March 10, 2017.
  • Proposal shared with College Dean by March 17, 2017.
  • Proposal Submitted to CETCI March 24, 2016.
  • Awards announced in early April, 2017.
  • Course/program development occurs during Spring and Summer 2017.
  • Courses delivered during Summer/Fall 2017 and Winter/Spring 2018.

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:

  • Meet individually with the Director of Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation or other Center staff to identify specific goals and objectives for the project, define a detailed assessment and evaluation plan, and establish project milestones.
  • Attend regular small group meetings with the Director of Educational Technology, other TARGET participants, and members of the TLT committee to address issues of common concern and to engage and learn from other Participants and projects.
  • Agree to present their results at the OTEN annual conference or other Pacific University sponsored event with approval of the Director of Educational Technology and Curricular Innovation within two academic years of accepting the grant
  • Submit a report of the findings to the Director of Educational Technology and Curricular within one academic year of receiving the grant
  • Participants are also encouraged to present or publish the results of their project in academic journals and conferences.