Transition to Digital – College Teaching and Learning Grants

Connect for Education (C4E) is pleased to offer grants of up to $5,000 to colleges/universities who use our web-based textbooks (webtexts) for their face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses. The study will focus on the use of C4E’s digital and online courseware/textbook solutions and platform, and the issues facing faculty and students in the transition away from traditional printed textbooks. Primarily through anonymous survey data, the study will focus on several areas, including student engagement and performance, course completion rates, instructor course preparation, grading and management issues, instructor and student behaviors, and usage patterns relating to technology. Working in conjunction with C4E, participating schools/professors will have the opportunity to incorporate their own research objectives related to these topics.

Connect For Education is a full service academic publisher with over 15 years experience developing webtexts, and supporting instructors and students in the use of online courseware/textbook solutions. Over 97% of students and instructors rate our content and service as ‘exceptional.’ Learn more about our webtexts here. And see our Adoption FAQ here.

Connect For Education Grant Program Details and Application Form

Applications must be received by 5pm EST, May 26, 2017. Must use a C4E webtext from the following:

Gen Ed

Music

All courses will run on our latest, cutting-edge learning platform C4Elink: Welcome to C4Elink! from Connect4Education on Vimeo.

  1. For full award, participating institution must guarantee that a minimum of 250 students will use C4E as the primary course material/textbook before Dec 31, 2018 (or end of 2018 fall semester). C4E will award smaller grants for lower enrollments.
  2. Schools or Institutions can use multiple courses or sections to reach enrollment minimums.
  3. Must administer and collect C4E-provided student and instructor surveys at specified times during the course. We welcome input from faculty in order that surveys align with any internal research goals.
  4. Research results will be will be made available to hosting institution, and published under an open license agreement. C4E will publish collected data on its website (white papers, case studies, etc.). Student data will be kept private.
  5. Institution must allow C4E to use collected results as part of promotional marketing materials, whitepapers, and communication with existing and potential clients.
  6. Must provide anonymized student performance control data from previous (no less than two) semesters including retention, course completion, and pass/fail scores where non-C4E materials were used, or run parallel courses using non-C4E course materials. C4E will work with participating institutions to identify comparable student set(s) from past student populations. This data will be compared with the same parameters in courses that use C4E webtexts.
  7. Students that participate in the study will receive up to a 25% discount on the price of the C4E webtexts. Students can purchase webtexts directly through C4E or through bookstore (access cards). We will offer the same discount to the bookstore.
  8. C4E will handle course setup and provide support (to students and faculty) for all qualifying courses, at no charge.
  9. C4E will provide cost-free orientation on the use of webtexts and C4E’s learning platform to participating instructors if requested. Orientation sessions may be conducted either via webinar or in person. Instructor orientation is usually not necessary, but we are happy to provide them.
  10. C4E will assist with reasonable travel costs and conference fees for participants whose presentation proposals (based on this program) are accepted at North American academic conferences in the field. Details to be arranged.
  11. Grants will be paid in 3 installments: at inception (25%), at midpoint ($25%), and at the completion (50%) of the program.
  12. You must immediately notify C4E if any or all grant participants do not meet the grant requirements or drop out at any point during the program, in which case the full grant amount paid to your institution must be repaid in full within 30 days of notifying C4E of your withdrawal.
  13. C4E webtexts are online-only and require that students have regular access to the internet to utilize course materials.

To be considered for the program, submit a proposal to Connect For Education using the form below by May 26, 2017. Institutions interested in the grant program will be assessed based on the following:

  1. Alignment of student and instructor academic and research objectives with C4E’s grant program and web-based courseware design.
  2. Ability to effectively implement the program, and capture meaningful data and feedback.
  3. Overall commitment to the pilot program.

Grant winners will be notified by May 22, 2017. For additional information, please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss the grant program or give you access to a C4E webtext for your review.

Transition to Digital – College Teaching and Learning Grants

Connect for Education (C4E) is pleased to offer grants of up to $5,000 to colleges/universities who use our web-based textbooks (webtexts) for their face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses.

The study will focus on the use of C4E’s digital and online courseware/textbook solutions and platform, and the issues facing faculty and students in the transition away from traditional printed textbooks. Primarily through anonymous survey data, the study will focus on several areas, including student engagement and performance, course completion rates, instructor course preparation, grading and management issues, instructor and student behaviors, and usage patterns relating to technology. Working in conjunction with C4E, participating schools/professors will have the opportunity to incorporate their own research objectives related to these topics.

Connect For Education is a full service academic publisher with over 15 years experience developing webtexts, and supporting instructors and students in the use of online courseware/textbook solutions. Over 95% of students and instructors rate our content and service as ‘exceptional.’ Learn more about our webtexts here. And see our Adoption FAQ here.

Connect For Education Grant Program Details and Application Form

Applications must be received by 5pm EST, Dec 2, 2016.

Must use a C4E webtext from the following:

Gen Ed

Music

    1. For full award, participating institution must guarantee that a minimum of 250 students will use C4E as the primary course material/textbook before Dec 31, 2017 (or end of 2017 fall semester). C4E will award smaller grants for lower enrollments.
    2. Schools or Institutions can use multiple courses or sections to reach enrollment minimums.
    3. Must administer and collect C4E-provided student and instructor surveys at specified times during the course. We welcome input from faculty in order that surveys align with any internal research goals.
    4. Research results will be will be made available to hosting institution, and published under an open license agreement. C4E will publish collected data on its website (white papers, case studies, etc.). Student data will be kept private.
    5. Institution must allow C4E to use collected results as part of promotional marketing materials, whitepapers, and communication with existing and potential clients.
    6. Must provide anonymized student performance control data from previous (no less than four) semesters including retention, course completion, and pass/fail scores where non-C4E materials were used, or run parallel courses using non-C4E course materials. C4E will work with participating institutions to identify comparable student set(s) from past student populations. This data will be compared with the same parameters in courses that use C4E webtexts.
    7. Students that participate in the study will receive up to a 25% discount on the price of the C4E webtexts. Students can purchase webtexts directly through C4E or through bookstore (access cards). We will offer the same discount to the bookstore.
    8. C4E will handle course setup and provide support (to students and faculty) for all qualifying courses, at no charge.
    9. C4E will provide cost-free orientation on the use of webtexts and C4E’s learning platform to participating instructors if requested. Orientation sessions may be conducted either via webinar or in person. Instructor orientation is usually not necessary, but we are happy to provide them.
    10. C4E will assist with reasonable travel costs and conference fees for participants whose presentation proposals (based on this program) are accepted at North American academic conferences in the field. Details to be arranged.
    11. Grants will be paid in 3 installments: at inception (25%), at midpoint ($25%), and at the completion (50%) of the program.
    12. You must immediately notify C4E if any or all grant participants do not meet the grant requirements or drop out at any point during the program, in which case the full grant amount paid to your institution must be repaid in full within 30 days of notifying C4E of your withdrawal.
    13. C4E webtexts are online-only and require that students have regular access to the internet to utilize course materials.

To be considered for the program, submit a proposal to Connect For Education using the form below by Dec 2, 2016. Institutions interested in the grant program will be assessed based on the following:

    1. Alignment of student and instructor academic and research objectives with C4E’s grant program and web-based courseware design.
    2. Ability to effectively implement the program, and capture meaningful data and feedback.
    3. Overall commitment to the pilot program.

Grant winners will be notified by Dec 16, 2016.

For additional information, please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss the grant program or give you access to a C4E webtext for your review. 

Instructor Referral Program

March 23rd, 2016

Introducing the Instructor Referral Program!

Connect for Education invites you to tell your colleagues about your experience with our webtexts, and help facilitate conversations about successfully using our titles for teaching online or face-to-face.

Allow us to tell you how the program works:

  1. If you make an introduction and help us arrange a campus visit with a colleague of yours who is not using one of our titles (e.g. a “new” instructor for us), you are entitled to a $1,000 referral fee for each new course adopted by the instructor you referred.
  2. If you refer any of our courses to an instructor who is not using one of our titles (a “new” instructor for us) AND you explain/demonstrate the course yourself, such that no campus/instructor visit is needed by us, you are entitled to a $2,000 referral fee for each course adopted by the instructor you referred.
  3. If your school has a policy prohibiting faculty acceptance of consulting fees, we would be happy to donate referral fees directly to the department or to a charity of your choice in your name instead.
  4. The following titles are eligible for this program:
      1. Music Appreciation
      2. Music Fundamentals
      3. Music History Survey
      4. History of Jazz
      5. Rock Music History
      6. World Music Survey
      7. American Popular Music
      8. Conducting (rudiments)
      9. Music Education Introduction/Foundation
      10. Music Education for Non Music Majors
      11. Music Education for Music Majors
      12. Music Education for Special Learners
      13. Discovering Sociology
      14. Understanding Nutrition and Well-Being
      15. Dimensions of Public Speaking
      16. Writing for Success in College and Beyond
      17. Psychology: An Introduction
  5. Please let us know as early as possible if you believe you have won over a new instructor for us through your efforts to promote and/or demonstrate our titles. Referral payments are made within 30 days after the start of the course.

If you are interested in being more active in helping C4E promote its titles, please let us know. We would be glad to work with you and we have an ambassador program where we pay instructors for various activities like representing us at a conference or making a campus visit. Contact us at sales@connect4education.com to find out more.

**Please note: C4E does not pay referral fees to existing instructors for sections they themselves are teaching; whether they are new or additional sections/courses at their existing college, or courses they are teaching for the first time at a different college. The idea behind the referral program is to bring new instructors into the C4E family! However – we do want to encourage our instructors to use C4E titles for more and larger sections.

UPenn Vet School Partnership

PennVet CE

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have partnered with Connect For Education in the development of a canine web portal for dog owners and veterinarians. Development is underway through a close collaboration agreement that brings together the world-renowned PennVet expertise in vet medicine and Connect for Education’s 15+ years in developing, hosting and supporting exceptional online teaching and learning experiences. Some of the initial projects: 

    1. PennVet Pet Behavior Portal. University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Working Dog Center and Connect For Education are developing a canine behavioral web portal for dog owners and veterinarians. This project will demonstrate the feasibility and viability of using the PennVet Behavioral Portal to provide pet owners with an individualized analysis of pet behavioral issues and recommendations through a consultation between the in-state pet owners, out-of-state veterinarians, and PennVet behavioral specialists.
  • PennVet Working Dog Center. University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Working Dog Center have agreed to develop and distribute a comprehensive Working Dog Practitioner Certificate program to provide an educational opportunity for veterinarians and eventually veterinary technicians to get specialized training in how to care for their working dog patients. Connect for Education will be the instructional design and learning technologies providers in this ground-breaking certificate program. 

 

  • Shelter Medicine. As of  January 2016,  PennVet  and Connect For Education have successfully launched a course titled, Student Surgical Opportunities. This course is offered to all UPenn vet school students and is described as follows:

 

    • SSO (Student Surgical Opportunities) I, II, & II is a comprehensive online curriculum that covers high-quality, high-volume surgical and anesthetic principles to properly prepare students for not only these experiences, but give them a better foundation for learning life-long skills and enhancing their surgical experience at Penn via authentic learning experiences. 

Connect For Education is very proud to count PennVet among our partners and collaborators in extending the reach of exceptional learning experiences.

Virginia Tech Music Dictionary Partnership

In partnership with Virginia Tech, we have redesigned and enhanced the original Virginia Tech music dictionary to bring you the brand new OnMusic Dictionary—an online music reference used by musicians, students, instructors, and music lovers all over the world. With more than 3 million hits per month, OMD is one of the most frequently visited music information sites on the web.The original Multimedia Music Dictionary was created and launched in 1996 by Richard C. Cole, Associate Professor of Music, Virginia Tech, and Edward E. Schwartz, then Director of the New Media Center, at Virginia Tech. Click here to read the complete press release and get the full story behind the dictionary and its creators.