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Center for Academic Technology

2019-2020 ATIG Program

 Academic Technology & Innovation Mini-Grant (ATIG) Program

In Spring 2019, the Center for Academic Technology launched the second iteration of the Academic Technology and Innovation Grant (ATIG) program. The grant program expanded from one track to three.  ATIG now consists for the following tracks:

  1. Instructional Innovation with the Marjorie C. Rork Lightboard (access Lightboard request for proposals);
  2. Instructional Innovation with Sound Booth technology (access Sound Booth request for proposals);
  3. Classroom Technology in Support of Active Learning (access Classroom Technology request for proposals).

The 2019-2020 ATIG Grantees - Grant Duration Extended through Spring 2021 Due to COVID-19

Track 1: Instructional Innovation with the Marjorie C. Rork Lightboard

  • Carl De Amicis, Chemistry - Learning by teaching using Lightboard Technology

Track 2: Instructional Innovation with Sound Booth technology

  • Susan Adams, Middle/Secondary Education - No More Babbling! Providing “Just in Time” Instructions, Examples, and Project Development Guidance on Key Assessments Using Sound Booth
  • Brenda Johnston, Arts Administration - Leadership in the Arts Podcast for AA390: Leadership & Artistic Vision
  • Gabriela Muniz, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Conducting interviews in Sound Booth for Documentaries about the problems facing for the Hispanic community in Indianapolis
  • Tracy Sprunger PI (Pharmacy Practice); Kim Beck (Pharmaceutical Science); and Kendra Damer (Pharmacy Practice) - Interdisciplinary Pharmacy Podcast to Enhance Student Learning Experiences

Track 3: Classroom Technology in Support of Active Learning

  • Kendra Damer, Pharmacy Practice -  Enhancing Active Learning Strategies in a Large Group Pharmacokinetic Course
  • Panos Linos, Computer Science - Using Mobile Media Technologies to Assess Student Performance in a Software Engineering Course.
  • John Perkins, Music - Virtual Reality Music Education as a Step Toward Expanding Students’ Epistemic and Technical Knowledges in Higher Education



The purpose of the grant program is to foster innovative teaching and learning through the use of technology. Typical projects include but are not limited to those that would accomplish the following goals:

  • Enhancing student learning by using technology to support grounded instructional approaches (e.g. just-in-time teaching, flipped classroom, peer instruction, etc.);
  • Re-imagining the lecture through novel use of technology;
  • Promoting social presence in f2f, hybrid, or online courses;
  • Supporting active learning and engagement with technology;
  • Using technology to improve participation in in-class discussions;
  • Using technology to connect remote and f2f learners.

The grant is open to all Butler University faculty (tenured, tenure track, non-tenure track, and adjunct faculty). This mini-grant may be used to support projects for which other funding has been received (i.e. other grants) but this must be disclosed.


A $700 stipend will be paid at the beginning of the grant period to the Primary Investigator (PI). For team proposals, a stipend of $1,000 will be divided evenly among the PI and co-PI’s or as prescribed in the proposal budget section. If additional funding is needed to support project goals, a detailed rationale (amount requested, purpose, etc.) must be provided in the budget section of the proposal. The PI should work with the CAT Administrative Specialist to make grant related purchases.

Review Process
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of approximately three Butler faculty, one librarian faculty, and one CAT staff member.
  • Selected Grantees will be notified by late February 2019.
Support for Grantees

(Note: the type of support may vary among grant tracks)

  • Grantees will be matched with a CAT Academic Technology Specialist who will serve as primary consultant for grantees, but Information Commons student employees may provide additional support, as well.
  • For subject area and specific content support, assistance from subject liaison librarians will be available.
  • Creation of closed-captions and transcriptions for video/audio content will be provided.
Grantee Responsibilities
  • Grantees will acknowledge receipt of the grant in any presentation or publication of work supported by the grant.
  • Grantees will complete and submit a final project report no later than March 23, 2020.
  • Grantees will participate, as necessary, in training opportunities regarding Sound Booth or related technology use.
  • Grantees will participate in at least (1) of the following peer development activities:
    • Present on their ATIG at relevant Butler event such as the Celebration of Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
    • Facilitate or co-facilitate ATIG relevant programs designed to promote technology supported learning at Butler (i.e. CAT workshops or related programs, etc.).
Application Process

Applicants will submit their application via the ATIG Submission Form and are encouraged to prepare their answers prior to submission. Use the following prompts to prepare your application:

  1. Applicant/principal investigator Information;
    • Name
    • College and Department
    • Email Address
  2. If team submission, indicate co-applicants/investigators;
    • Name(s)
    • College(s) and Department(s)
    • Email Address(es)
  3. Project Information – Access/Review the Scoring Rubric (pdf)
    • Project Title and Description, including course(s) involved (2,500 characters max);
    • Goals and Outcomes (2,500 characters max). Consider the following questions:
      • What do you want to explore?
      • What challenges do you hope to address with the project?
      • What opportunities are you hoping to gain?
      • What are the anticipated outcomes and/or how will students be impacted?
    • Instructional Method Rationale (2,500 characters max). Consider:
      • Where has this approach been tried before?
      • What is the supporting literature?
    • Project Timeline;
    • Description of roles of all personnel involved in the project, including PI (1,250 characters max);
    • Anticipated Budget Outline (2,000 characters max);
    • Evaluation Plan (2,000 characters max);
    • Dissemination Plan (1,250 characters max);
    • Sustainability Plan, assuming project is successful (2,000 characters max);
    • Demonstration of home college or dept. administrator’s support (i.e. Dean, AD or Chair) via their completion and submission of project support and acknowledgment form)


Questions should be directed to or 317-940-8575.