November 1, 2023

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The following is being sent on behalf of Linda Adler-Kassner, Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning

Dear UCSB Colleagues,

Please see the call for UC Online proposals below this message. Note that UC Online provides funding to support multiple areas related to online teaching and learning: courses, professional development, research, infrastructure, and equipment. A link to the proposal form is in the message and also here.

I am happy to consult regarding UCOL proposals, and Office of Teaching and Learning’s Instructional Consultants are available to provide application support and support for proposed activity (whether courses, research, or professional development). Please contact me at if you would like to discuss.

Linda Adler-Kassner
Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning


In 2023-2024, UC Online will provide approximately $2.0M in project funding in four categories for digital inclusion and online projects: courses, professional development, research, and infrastructure. Based on project plans submitted from campuses, award amounts will vary. The four funding categories are described below. 


Funding is available for the development and enhancement of fully online courses, course sequences, minors, or programs that are open to students across campuses through the cross-campus enrollment system (CCES). The approved course must be opened to cross-campus enrollment (five times in five years, excluding summer offerings). Courses should emphasize elements of digital inclusion and be designed to enrich and enhance student opportunities to learn and succeed. 

Recommended Award: Maximum of $45K/course.

Funding is available for systemwide professional development (online and in-person) that supports digital inclusion efforts. Sample PD foci might include: professional development for faculty in online teaching to ensure student success, equity and inclusion in digital teaching, or AI and teaching and learning. Priority will be given to online professional development that is open across the system and involves three or more campuses.

Funding is available for systemwide research projects that focus on online course efficacy, analysis of existing data on online courses, closing equity/performance gaps in online courses, and/or any new research that focuses on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.  

Technology Integrations. Complete technology integrations (using IMS Global interoperability standards) to connect learning platforms and tools designed to function as a whole, to produce a coherent learning environment that aggregates learning data and provides students an enriched learning experience.

Infrastructure and Equipment. One time/startup cost of hardware associated with the storage of digital assets used in online courses (such as servers or cloud-based storage solutions), licenses for software associated with creating and developing online courses, and digital course assets (such as Captivate, Camtasia, Adobe Photoshop) as a campus-wide project. 

At the conclusion of the project, you are required to submit a final expense report for auditing purposes. UC Online also requires that you share your findings or results in a manner to be determined in consultation with project teams, campus leadership and UC Online.

Each unique project requires a separate application form ( and accompanying budget, describing the specifics of the initiative.

Friday, January 12, 2023, 5:00 pm

Requests outside this window will be considered based on funding availability and after all initial requests have been considered. If you have identified a project with a budget greater than the $200K for 2023-2024, we encourage you to submit a follow-on request.