Scholarships Available for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) has been awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to provide FULL SCHOLARSHIPS for select professional development resources to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) as they make the rapid shift to online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the current environment, higher education institutions have been challenged to quickly scale up training to prepare staff to convert courses to the online modality, and/or adequately teach in the online format. This challenge is particularly acute for under-resourced MSIs. The grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will enable OLC to provide affordable, short-term workshops on relevant topics related to online learning, to those institutions that are most in need. 

Under this grant-funded initiative, OLC is providing 13 workshops, including five self-paced options to novice online instructors and staff, on topics ranging from Getting Started and Converting Your Course, to Engaging Learners in Online Discussions and ADA & Web Accessibility. Eligible individuals may choose up to three (3) of these workshops AT NO COST* to them. 

*Regular pricing for OLC workshops is $270 for non-members, $170 for OLC members. 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be employed at a U.S. federally recognized Minority Serving Institution in higher education that meets the following criteria: 
    • New to online, or limited existing offerings, and limited undergraduate students enrolled in any distance education**
    • Limited internal resources to offer professional development on transitioning to online learning
  • Applicants must be new to online learning with no other resources available to take a course on how to create an online course or teach in this modality

**All data regarding school eligibility is being validated based on information available through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and are subject to change.

Additional Information

  • Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and the number of available scholarships is limited. Submitting your application early is recommended
  • Scholarship recipients are limited to THREE COURSES EACH (selected from the list below). 

Available OLC Workshops – SELECT UP TO THREE:

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. LEARN MORE >

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in an online course can be challenging. Decisions such as what formats to use and when to use synchronous or asynchronous strategies are an important part of course design. LEARN MORE >

Your first foray into online teaching can be exciting, yet challenging, as you explore the many opportunities that online teaching can present. To take advantage of those opportunities, you’ll need a great online syllabus and some strategies for designing effective online learning activities. This workshop will help you identify important considerations in the design of both. LEARN MORE >

With the growth of technologies that support live, online sessions (e.g. Zoom, GoToMeeting, Adobe Connect, etc.), the term distance learning is becoming a misnomer. More of us are meeting, teaching, and presenting in face-to-face, synchronous (real-time) online sessions where we can feel closer than ever to students and colleagues in online learning environments. LEARN MORE >

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor for improving learning outcomes and student satisfaction. While giving effective feedback can help drive your students towards success in your course and help them to better understand the material, it can also take a lot of time. LEARN MORE >

Well-designed online discussions address a number of research-based strategies critical to effective online learning and improved learning outcomes. Through online discussions, student-student and student-content interactions increase, and both faculty and students collaborate in the learning process as they explore unique perspectives. LEARN MORE >

Student engagement can be one of the most important indicators for a successful class experience. In this workshop, you will explore theories and practices that foster student engagement in your own courses, including the use of multimedia feedback, discussion techniques, and group involvement. LEARN MORE >

Faculty teaching online courses encounter a diverse student population with various learning preferences and needs. Instead of creating a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching, consider designing and delivering your course using a framework that provides flexible instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments with embedded choices and scaffolds to meet the needs of your diverse learning population. LEARN MORE >

Available OLC Self-Paced Workshops 

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor for improving learning outcomes and student satisfaction. While giving effective feedback can help drive your students towards success in your course and help them to better understand the material, it can also take a lot of time. LEARN MORE >

An important component of successful online teaching is developing effective assessment strategies and integrating multiple forms of assessment in order to provide students with diverse opportunities to evaluate their performance. LEARN MORE >

Well-designed online discussions address a number of research-based strategies critical to effective online learning and improved learning outcomes. Through online discussions, student-student and student-content interactions increase, and both faculty and students collaborate in the learning process as they explore unique perspectives. LEARN MORE >

Improving access to online education means, among other things, ensuring that your online course materials, teaching and learning activities, and assessments are accessible for all learners. This workshop will help you better understand the legal framework for accessibility in online education and how learners with disabilities participate in online classes. LEARN MORE >

Well-designed online discussions address a number of research-based Student engagement can be one of the most influential factors for student persistence and success, especially in the online learning environment. In this workshop, you will learn about the barriers to engagement and how you can best address these challenges to lead to greater student involvement and engagement. LEARN MORE >

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How to Apply

If you are a federally recognized Minority Serving Institution click on the Apply Now link below and complete the registration form. 

You must be logged in to your OLC account to apply for the scholarship. If you do not have an OLC account, simply create your free account. 

Please watch for an email from us with your application receipt confirmation. You should also receive another email from us with your application status within one week. If you do not receive an email within one week, have any questions, or require assistance with your application, please contact us at grants@onlinelearning-c.org.

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