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Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies: Notice


The new Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) has been awarded funds over three years as part of the University's Teaching and Learning Strategy to support innovative, technology-based initiatives in teaching. The monies will be used to support projects developed by individuals or Departments who wish to collaborate with CARET. In the first year, it is proposed to invite applications for five major projects of not more than £7,500 each, and up to eight minor projects of not more than £2,500 each - at least two of which will be to support projects from registered students of the University.

It is a requirement of the HEFCE allocation that the monies cannot be spent on IT infrastructure, but rather should be used to support staff or cover the development costs associated with specific projects. All monies must be committed, and invoices received, by March 2003, the date by which all projects are completed. A report must be submitted for each completed project.

Major projects

The aim of major projects will be to support a significant piece of work leading to new developments in teaching. Ideally the project should be for a completely new piece of work; however, supplementary support for additional components within existing projects will be considered, providing that the output can be clearly identified as a discrete component. It is a requirement of the HEFCE funding that projects should produce tangible deliverables. The intention is to develop resources that can benefit several users, and therefore preference will be given to projects that create generic resources that can be used by a number of teachers in the University or by a large number of students. In all cases, creating new content will be expected to be a minor component of these projects.

Minor projects

Funds will be used to support a small piece of work in the area of new teaching technologies. The project must be completed within six months, but can be shorter - for example, a student project carried out during the Long Vacation.

Projects must produce a specific deliverable and cannot be used to supplement existing resources on ongoing projects.

Application procedure

Major projects

The project proposals will be assessed largely on the basis of a seminar. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss ideas informally with staff in CARET at an early stage. Staff will then work with the applicants to help define the scope of the proposed project, the resources needed, the tangible deliverables, timescales, and the support that can be provided by CARET.

Applicants who wish to take project proposals further will be asked to submit a formal application using the Adobe Acrobat PDF form available on the CARET website (http://www.caret.cam.ac.uk/, then HEFCE under the Programmes menu). A key component of this submission will be to identify milestones at the 25 per cent, 50 per cent, and 75 per cent completion points, against which the funds will be released.

All project submissions will be posted on the CARET website for others in the University to read and applicants will be asked to present a seminar, open to all in the University, outlining their project proposal.

Successful applicants will be notified within one week of the seminar.

Minor projects

Staff and students who are interested in applying for funds should e-mail hefceprojects@caret.cam.ac.uk, giving brief details of the proposed project (aims, deliverables, resources needed, timescale). A meeting will then be arranged to discuss the project plans.

Students must identify a member of academic staff who is prepared to act as a sponsor for their project.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 8 August 2001
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