Five College Consortium

Five College Blended Learning Initiative

Phase Two Grants

Call for Applications:

Blended Learning in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences: Phase Two Grants

Proposals Due:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017; May 15, 2017

Five Colleges invites proposals for support of “second stage” Blended Learning projects.   These awards are supported by the Five College Deans and a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The goal of the grant is to engage faculty members in the exploration and evaluation of blended learning’s potential to enrich teaching and learning in liberal arts settings. 


  • Five College faculty members (or teams of faculty members, IT staff members, and librarians) previously funded by Five Colleges to develop pilot projects. 

  • Other Five College faculty members (or teams of faculty members, IT staff members, and librarians) seeking to build on previous work in blended learning.

  • Some availability in late May or late August for participation in workshops.

  • Paid work under the grant must be completed by June 30, 2018.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Proposals need not be explicitly cross-campus:  projects enhancing the pedagogical impact of previous work in a particular course or on a particular campus are fundable.

  • We especially welcome proposals that will spread the benefit of previous work beyond a single campus.  Many approaches might serve this goal.  Examples include: broadening engagement in course development to include others in the consortium, applying previous work to a course or subject area that is considered critical to students and majors on other campuses, demonstrating learning outcomes so as to encourage exploration of new approaches by others, adapting materials or platforms to facilitate sharing of course components across campuses.   

  • As in the past, we especially encourage projects that apply blended approaches to help students become better researchers and creators of knowledge in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, particularly by developing shareable resources that help students acquire and practice interpretative and analytic skills.

  • All applications must identify at least one campus staff member who will serve as IT liaison for the project.  IT liaisons must have approval from their departments to serve as such before the application is submitted.


  • Summer/January Term stipends:  $3000/project participant.

  • Project Expenses: Up to $10,000/project (allowable expenses include course “buyouts,” provided these are approved by campuses; stipends for collaborators/consultants for course or materials development; travel; student assistants; materials).

  • Assistance and advice will be available from instructional technology and instructional design specialists, including the Faculty Coordinator and a team of post-baccalaureate fellows. (Staff members at any of the five campuses cannot receive stipends. However, contributions to professional development funds are possible.)


  • Participate on request in one or more workshops in May 2017 or late August 2017 as mentors to other grantees (additional stipend provided)

  • Offer courses developed or revised with grant funding at least once before AY2019-20

  • Contribute on request to a Five College repository of blended learning resources.

  • Under the terms of our grant from the Mellon Foundation, Five Colleges must assume ownership of intellectual property produced with grant funds in order to ensure it remains freely available to the public for educational and scholarly use. We have developed an intellectual property agreement that may be consulted online.  Successful applicants will need to sign this agreement as a condition of funding.

APPLY (Applications are due March 1 and May 15, 2017)

Apply using our on-line form:

Awards will be announced by March 15 and June 1.  Persons interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to consult with TreaAndrea Russworm, Faculty Coordinator, Five College Blended Learning Initiative ( or Nate Therien, Five College Director for Academic Programs (

Further information about the program, including previously funded projects and workshops intended to support development of blended learning projects, is available at: