Immersive Learning: Grant Calls and Office Hours

December 01, 2020
Call for Spring 2021 Building Better Neighborhoods Grant Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Did you know that Muncie has nearly 50 distinct neighborhoods? Each year, the Building Better Neighborhoods (BBN) initiative connects Ball State’s resources with neighborhood development efforts across Muncie and Delaware County. The Office of Immersive Learning is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Building Better Neighborhoods Grants as part of the Provost Immersive Learning Grant program.

The Building Better Neighborhoods (BBN) program is a collaborative effort between the Office of Immersive Learning, the Office of Community Engagement, and the Muncie Action Plan to improve our neighborhoods. Funded immersive learning projects pull together student teams guided by faculty mentors to create unique, high-impact learning experiences that result in real-world solutions to Muncie’s challenges. Thisfunding can cover supplies, minor equipment, printing, surveys, neighborhood planning sessions, and other project-related expenses. Ball State faculty who have an idea for a BBN immersive learning project are encouraged to apply.

This round of funding will support projects taking place during the spring 2021 and summer 2021 semesters. Completed proposals are due on or before 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

Visit the BBN landing page to see guidelines, review project examples, and access the online application. To get feedback on a grant proposal, potential funding amounts, or general questions about your request, please contact Heather Williams, Associate Director for Community Engagement and Program Manager for Building Better Neighborhoods or Suzanne Plesha, Director of Immersive Learning.

Call for Spring 2021 Provost Immersive Learning Grant Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Ball State University's Office of ­the Provost and the Office of Immersive Learning are pleased to offer the Provost Immersive Learning Grant Program featuring two grant options: one for Pilot/ One Time Projects and the other for Sustained Course proposals. Ball State faculty who have an idea for an immersive learning project are encouraged to apply. Funding can cover travel expenses, materials, and other costs associated with your project. This funding cycle will support projects expected to begin in fall 2021 or spring 2022. Completed proposals are due on or before 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Go to the Provost Immersive Learning Grant Application page for proposal guidelines and access to the online submission system. Please read these guidelines carefully because several proposal elements have changed.

To get specific feedback on a grant proposal or if you have general questions about your application, you are encouraged to contact your Immersive Learning Project Manager:

For CCIM, CAP, MCOB and Honors Colleges, contact Stacey Alexander.
For CSH, CoH, CFA and TC, contact Kara DuQuette
You may also contact Suzanne Plesha, Director of Immersive Learning to arrange a meeting.

There will also be multiple open forums with Office of Immersive Learning project managers and Director leading up to the deadline all found at this Zoom link.

Forums for One-Time and Pilot Projects:

Monday, December 14, 2020; 11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, January 4, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, January 11, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Forums for Sustained Projects:

Tuesday, December 15, 2020; 10:00am - 11:30am
Tuesday, January 5, 2021; 10:00am - 11:30am
Tuesday, January 12; 2021; 10:00am - 11:30am

Upcoming Project Manager Open Office Hours

Interested in leading an immersive project or have questions about the grant process? Want to discuss the process or brain storm ideas? Do you want to find out what immersive learning even is? We have a series of virtual open office hours with our project managers. See which project manager works with your college.

College of Communication Information and Media: Wednesday, December 2 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Zoom Link

Teachers College: Tuesday, December 8 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Zoom Link

Miller College of Business: Wednesday, December 9 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Zoom Link

College of Health: Wednesday, December 9 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Zoom Link

College of Science and Humanities: Thursday, December 10 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Zoom Link

Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning: Friday, December 11 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Zoom Link

College of Fine Arts: Friday, December 11 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Zoom Link

Open Immersive Learning Projects

There are multiple immersive projects actively recruiting students for the spring and summer semesters on the Open Projects page. Take a look and recommend to students you think might be a good fit.
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