Impact Grant Application


The focus of the Departmental Impact Grant was to increase student engagement, facilitate greater instructor efficiency, and enable anyplace/anytime learning through purposeful technology use in a course impacting students. Recipients were selected twice per year by a committee of Ohio State faculty, staff, and student(s). In the past five years, ODEE has funded more than 15 Departmental Impact Grant projects.

In order to remain a leader in online education and keep up with the changing trends in higher education, ODEE is transforming the Departmental Impact Grant to create a new opportunity. ODEE will partner with a college or department at the university to create an exemplar distance education experience. 

The Pioneer Online Program Grant will become available later in 2015. More information can be found here

With an Impact Grant,

200 hours of ODEE Grants Support

  • Project guidance and management
  • Research design expertise
  • Guidance in maximizing Office of Distance Education & eLearning services
  • Consultation with campus experts
  • Training for effective technology use
  • Expert implementation training and pedagogical consultation in areas of classroom technology, audio/video use, usability, elearning programs, and so on
  • Recipient-centered support and guidance throughout the grant period.
  • Timely and responsive communication.
  • A co-produced project plan.
  • A co-produce assessment and completion plan.
  • A co-produced description of experience in digital and/or print media.
  • A transparent process and outcomes assessment for the campus community.
  • Limited visual design production work by ODEE staff may be available.

$15,000 (requires $7,500 match)

Possible uses include

  • Release time compensation
  • Training
  • Cost recovery work for additional design, coding, development needs

Matching funds could be from

  • Departmental funds
  • Faculty/staff release time
  • Other fund source(s)
  • Departmental equipment use

For a key or large course

For example, but not limited to:

  • General Education courses
  • Required courses
  • 250+ enrollment (in all sections)
  • First course in a sequence
  • Courses with similar offerings in other departments
  • Cross-disciplinary courses


For more information, or to set up a consultation with our grant team please write to


Grant goals include

  • To design a technologically-enhanced course meeting the instructional goals of the department which can then serve as an exemplar for other courses, both within and outside the department.
  • To increase student engagement.
  • To facilitate greater instructor efficiency.
  • To enable anyplace/anytime learning through purposeful technology use.

Moreover, recipients have the potential to build individual and departmental knowledge and efficacy around teaching and learning with technology.

Other goals include:

  • Connect to university personnel with a wide range of technology expertise.
  • Explore and implement existing or new learning technology in pedagogically sound ways.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to support and learn across disciplines.
  • Contribute to the growing body of knowledge investigating ways technology can impact student engagement, faculty efficiency, and anytime/anyplace learning.
  • Include GAs in the course revision process.


Impact Grant recipients collaborate with ODEE through a four phase process to identify project goals and objectives, receive training on relevant technologies, obtain IRB approval, and disseminate results.

Recipient Expectations

  • Collaborate with ODEE during the entire grant period (at minimum, once per month).
    • Work with ODEE staff for agreed-upon ODEE design production services through completion.
    • Co-produce a project plan prior to receiving the initial grant payment.
    • Co-produce an assessment and completion plan prior to receiving the final grant payment.
    • Participate in the grant outcome assessment.
  • Manage personnel and costs associated with the project.
    • Locate and hire potential employees in a timely fashion for expertise not provided by ODEE.
    • Oversee expenditures associated with the project.
  • Participate in Idea Labs to collaborate with other Impact Grant recipients.
    • Engage in at least one Idea Lab meeting during the subsequent grant round (i.e., during the following year).
  • Contribute to description of experience in digital and/or print media.
    • Provide a final report/document/artifact showcasing project development and outcome(s).
  • Present at an ODEE-sponsored event.
  • Participate in the subsequent selection committee.
  • Adhere to institutional policies.
    • Obtain appropriate human subjects approval (such as Internal Review Board or IRB), if necessary.
    • Obtain copyright clearances, if necessary.
    • Include reasonable ADA compliance, in accordance with Ohio State guidelines.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Grant resources will be used to impact a large or key course by increasing student engagement and faculty efficiency, and promoting anytime/anyplace learning.
  • Department has not received another Impact Grant during the past two rounds (i.e., during the last two years).
  • Project lead is an Ohio State faculty or staff member with 50%+ appointment.
  • Proposed project is for an Ohio State course.


Funding Stipulations

  • Submit written endorsement from chair, dean, or supervisor (not applicable if chair or dean applies).
  • A 1:2 (recipient:ODEE) ratio of in-kind support toward the project, such as faculty/staff release time, other fund sources, equipment use, and so on, is required.
  • Up to $10,000 will be provided after a project plan is approved by an ODEE staff committee, with up to $5,000 provided after an assessment and completion plan is approved by an ODEE staff committee and IRB.
  • Funding may be used to secure faculty/staff release time, support a student employee, travel to a conference, buy necessary software and licenses, and acquire specialized training.
  • Funding may be used for limited hardware and peripheral purchases.
  • Recipients do not receive ODEE production services as part of the grant; however, production services may be purchased with the grant stipend.
    • ODEE staff is available to consult in locating and hiring qualified individuals for production work.
  • Funding may not be used to reimburse or pay for a graduate student’s tuition and/or fees.
  • Funding may not be used to upgrade a lab space.
  • Completed work may not be retroactively funded.

Note, application implies acceptance of expectations, eligibility requirements, and funding stipulations.