Funding Support for Instructors
Developing Student Participation in HFOSS
Funding Support for some Initial Contributions
The vision for foss2serve is to build a community of faculty and students who will participate in HFOSS projects as part of the students’ education, and as an opportunity for the institutions to make a meaningful contribution to society. As that community develops, instructors will participate in foss2serve at a variety of levels. There is a core team that has been working to create and organize foss2serve.org. To build a community of any size, there needs to be an extended team that also makes significant contributions to the effort, particularly with regard to developing learning materials. Over the long run, the success of the community will depend on voluntary contributions, but there is some funding available to support and encourage some of the early contributions. This document outlines that funding support.
The goal of this funding is to quicken the pace of growth and help the foss2serve community reach a sustainable size. The expectation is that the funding will support creation of teaching and learning materials and perhaps some other specific resources, that will be available to the entire community.
Framework of activities – Each project year some two-year and four-year undergraduate instructors will receive funding to develop and pilot learning activities. The foss2serve community supports the development of activities by:
- Training – participation in a POSSE or similar training event (prior FOSS experience may substitute)
- Stage 3 small group participation – participating in instructor learning groups that will operate throughout this process
The funding will be for accomplishing the following steps in collaboration with core team members:
- Developing learning activities – including participation in course material sprints as appropriate
- Pilot testing and evaluation of students using the learning materials – use and refinement of learning materials including conducting evaluations. There must be a component that returns value back to the HFOSS community.
- Sharing learning materials – packaging materials (including adding metadata and evaluation data) and making them available under an open documentation license via foss2serve.org to any interested instructors
There are also funds to support dissemination which includes participating as appropriate in activities such as conference panels, workshops, or other publications that help more instructors to learn about foss2serve and evaluation results.
The structure of these activities will be defined appropriately for each participating instructor based on the nature of their participation.
There is funding available to provide instructor stipends of up to $1,800 per instructor for foss2serve contributions. Funding is generally limited to instructors at U.S. institutions and payment is contingent on actually completing the proposed activities and evaluation. Stipends run from $900 for developing and evaluating 2-3 activities to $1,800 for developing and evaluating 4-6 activities which may comprise a full course.
There is also some funding to cover travel and lodging to participate in HFOSS activities or dissemination activities. Instructors may apply for both types of support. A typical request is up to $1,200 per instructor to travel to present a paper, panel, or workshop at a conference or other professional event.
Instructors interested in obtaining support as extended team members should write a short proposal describing what they would accomplish using the Faculty Proposal Format with Directions. The goal is to keep this process simple and easy, and any interested instructors are encouraged to discuss ideas informally before needing to create a more formal description. The proposal should generally contain:
- Name and contact information
- Summary description of proposed contribution. This should be a brief first cut. The expectation is that some of the details are part of the work to be done.
- Target course(s) or student audience (e.g., major or level), and number of students participating
- Type(s) of learning activities
- Expected learning outcomes
- Thoughts on evaluating the materials
- Particular expected end products (e.g., assignments, lecture slides with instructor notes)
- Expected schedule, e.g., activities by semester
- Requested funding (within the maximum shown above). Please consider the scope of your proposal when determining the amount to request.
- Create a proposal based on Faculty Proposal Format with Directions on foss2serve.
- Notify Heidi Ellis (ellis <at>wne.edu) or Stoney Jackson (stoney.jackson <at>wne.edu) and provide a link to your proposal.