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Center for Academic Technology

2017-2018 ATIG Program

Academic Technology & Innovation Pilot Mini-Grant (ATIG) Program

CAT is proud to announce the 2017 Academic Technology and Innovation Grant recipients for instructional innovations with the Marjorie C. Rork Lightboard studio. This year’s recipients are the following:

  • Adam Azman – Chemistry, The Gamification of Organic Chemistry: Can Organic Chemistry Actually Be Fun?
  • Kimberly Beck - Pharmaceutical Sciences, Conversion of a Slideshow with Voiceover Flipped Classroom Video to a Spliced Lightboard Video
  • Christopher Bungard – Classical Studies, Towards a More Transparent Etymology
  • Carolyn Jung – Pharmacy Practice, Introduction to Vaccine Topics through Lightboard Technology
  • William Johnston, Chris Wilson, Scott Kaschner, Mary Krohn, Karen Holmes – Mathematics and Actuarial Science, Web-based Tutorials in Mathematics

Instructional Innovations with the Marjorie C. Rork Lightboard

Due Date: 5pm on Monday, April 24th 2017 (due date has passed)
Notification Date: Grantees will be notified mid-May 2017.
Number of Projects: In this pilot mini-grant program launch, approximately four projects will be funded.
Grant Duration: July 2017 through April 2018.

In  2017 and 2018, the Center of Academic Technology will pilot a mini-grant program designed to foster innovative teaching and learning through the use of Lightboard technology at Butler.

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

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. 


Granted Lightboard projects will be allocated funds up to $1000. $500 of these funds will be paid out as a stipend at the beginning of the grant period to the Primary Investigator (PI). The remainder (up to $500 depending on budget needs) may be used to support grant activities at the PI’s discretion. The PI should work with the CAT Administrative Specialist to make grant related purchases. (Note: Multiple faculty members may apply as a team but funding will need to be shared among investigators, including stipends).

Typical use of funds include:

  • Travel and/or conference fees. Note: conferences must be relevant to project goals
  • Equipment/software purchases
  • Compensation for additional personnel (e.g., hourly student worker assistance to edit video clips or do video compositing)
Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of approximately three (3) Butler faculty, one (1) librarian faculty and one (1) CAT staff member.
Selected Grantees will be notified mid-May 2017.

Support for Grantees

Grantees will be matched with an Academic Technology Specialist (from CAT) who will provide the following support:

  • Subject area and specific content support, assistance from subject liaison librarians will be available
  • Creation of closed-captions and transcriptions for all video content
  • Priority access to Lightboard production facility
Grantee Responsibilities
  • Grantees agree to acknowledge receipt of grant support in any presentation or publication of work supported by grant.
  • Grantees will complete and submit a final project report.
  • Grantees will participate, as necessary, in training opportunities regarding lightboard or related technology use.
  • Grantees agree to participate in at least (1) of the following peer development activities:

    • Present on their mini-grant at relevant Butler event such as the Celebration of Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL).
    • Facilitate or co-facilitate mini-grant 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. 

Learn More

To learn more about the Marjorie Rork Lightboard Studio and the ATIG grant program consider registering for and attending one of the following lunch and learn sessions:

Marjorie Rork Lightboard Lunch and Learn Info Session:

At these informal lunch and learns, participants will hear from Butler faculty who have incorporated lightboard technology into their instruction. Additionally, attendees will take a tour of the Marjorie Rork Lightboard Studio in the basement of Irwin Library and learn about the Center for Academic Technology’s new mini-grant program that promotes use of Butler’s Lightboard. A light lunch will be served. Because capacity is limited,  two instances of this event have been scheduled, Registrants are encouraged to register for the one that best fits their schedule. 

Register | 4/10/17 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm | Irwin Library room 303, CAT Learning Lounge | Facilitators: Multiple | Faculty exempalrs: Stephanie Enz and Kim Beck


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