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2019 Summer Online Teaching Initiative

In order to provide more flexible and accessible instruction for our students and encourage our faculty to explore new teaching modes, the Office of the Provost has created the Summer Online Teaching Initiative. This initiative encourages faculty to offer online versions of existing courses, particularly courses that have strong demand, support timely degree completion and can serve a large number of students. Proposals for courses previously funded through this initiative, or courses that have been already offered in an online mode, are not eligible for this grant.


The deadline to apply has now passed.

Support and Tracks:

After a competitive selection process, successful applicants will be supported by the professional staff in CELT and, as may be needed, others, including consultation with experienced online instructors. This year, there are two tracks for proposals:

  1. Rapid-Conversion : Instructors will rapidly transition mature courses into an online environment with modest conversion efforts. The Provost’s Online Executive Committee will review applications, solicit recommendations from a variety of faculty members from across different disciplines, and award supplementary stipends of $1500 for each course conversion.

  2. Master Course Model : Master courses are developed by faculty, in coordination with instructional designers, to create a consistent framework for courses that will be offered multiple times and/or with several sections. To ensure quality and efficient online delivery of foundational courses, we encourage a team of faculty to develop Master course models for courses with large enrollments to be offered online in the summer.  We encourage a team efforts in which multiple faculty members and graduate students work together in the development and delivery of the course.  For example, the development effort can be led by faculty during the academic semesters and the online course is delivered and taught by graduate students.  The online resources developed for the project can also be used for F2F instruction during the academic year. Stipends of up to $5,000 are offered for projects in this category.

In cases where  the course development and conversion efforts are justified, the committee will consider providing a higher supplementary stipend.


Individual faculty must secure the consent of their chair prior to applying (please note that course relief during the academic year is not available through this initiative). After receiving departmental consent, faculty should complete the form below which will capture basic information about the course and faculty readiness. At any point, faculty are invited to consult with the Associate Provost for Online Education (Wendy Tang) and/or the CELT staff.



Monday, 24 September 2018

RFP sent to deans and chairs

Monday, 19 November 2018

Proposals due 

Prior to the start of the
spring 2019 semester

Grants announced


Required Steps After Receiving Approval of an Award:

Instructors granted Summer Online Teaching Initiative grants will be required to:

  • Undergo training and actively communicate with staff in CELT in the coming months about their conversion plans, and build course content into Blackboard and/or other CELT-supported online platforms. In the spring, CELT will offer a 4-week online faculty training immersion workshop called "Research-Based Practices of Online Teaching" (via Blackboard); 
  • Work with the instructor’s home academic department to schedule the course with the Registrar's Office;
  • E-mail a preliminary syllabus by March 1, 2019 to a designated liaison from the Provost’s Office, which will be made available to an appropriate curriculum committee or representative of it.
  • Signed license agreement with Stony Brook University.




Previous Summer Online Initiative Course Conversions:

Summer 2014:

  • EST 330: Natural Disasters
  • MUS 109: Rock Music
  • WRT 102: Intermediate Writing Workshop A
  • WRT 302: Critical Writing Seminar

Summer 2015:

  • CSE 114: Computer Science I
  • EST 392: Engineering & Managerial Economics
  • WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop A
  • WRT 303: The Personal Essay

Summer 2016:

  • ANP 120: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ECO 108: Introduction to Economics
  • ECO 355: Game Theory
  • ECO 389: Corporate Finance
  • MEC 262: Engineering Dynamics
  • MUS 304: Contemporary Traditions in American Music: 1900 to the Present
  • MUS 309: Music Since 1900
  • MUS 311: Topics in Non-Western Music
  • MAR 104: Oceanography
  • PHI 105: Politics and Society (II)

Summer 2017:

  • ECO 329: Urban Economics
  • ECO 348: Analysis for Managerial Decision Making
  • ECO 362: Financial Economics
  • ECO 364: Thinking Strategically
  • EGL 191: Introduction to Poetry
  • SOC 337: Social Deviance
  • SOC 339: Sociology of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Summer 2018:

  • ANP 250: Forensic Anthropology
  • AMS 102: Elements of Statistics
  • AMS 103: Applied Mathematics in Modern Technology
  • BME 312: LabVIEW Programming in Engineering
  • CSE 307: Principles of Programming Languages
  • HWC 577: Program Evaluation