iBLOCs

NUS aims to enrich the quality of student learning through appropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to facilitate new learning approaches, collaboration and co-creation of learning experiences. Effective leveraging on blended learning modes of delivery will allow us to be better able to centre our teaching and learning activities on the needs and expectations of 21st century learners. When effectively employed, blended learning can work to maximise student engagement, success, retention and graduate employability.


The Office of the Provost invites faculty to apply for funding to support new blended courses or redesign of existing courses to improve teaching and learning (both online and face-to-face) using ICT-enhanced pedagogies and learning strategies to enhance learning outcomes of NUS students from all disciplines. We hope that incorporating blended learning into courses will allow faculty members to reexamine their teaching methods, course design, and assumptions about student collaboration, and re-imagine classroom as a space for active and collaborative learning. Therefore, no specific platform or technology will be prescribed but instead the model adopted should be that which best suits the specific needs of a course.


This request for proposal will identify modules to be developed over 2016 to 2019. The fund will support projects that transform existing modules to a blended model or that seek to develop new blended modules. (Note: If this is a new module that has never been taught before, it must have already been approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies). Preference will be given to modules that are frequently taught, have large programmatic impact and have long term commitments from the department that will offer the blended module.


Lecturers of modules selected will have access to the resources and support of the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL) and Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) for pedagogical and technical support. Modules selected will also be funded up to $15,000 for a one-year period. Each module will be eligible for one-time funding only. The typical purpose of the funding is to support the production and delivery of modules in the blended learning mode:

  • Hire Teaching Assistants or Part-Time Appointments (e.g., undergraduates, post-graduates or external people paid on an hourly basis) to cover the duties of the lecturer involved in the project, or to support course development. production or delivery of the course
  • Specialized hardware or software purchases will be considered but the funding will not support the purchase of typical hardware or software provided by departments. Where hardware that will aid in the preparation of blended modules (e.g., mics, web cam, and laptop) or software related to pedagogy are required, lecturers should check with CIT first as CIT have most of these equipment and many licenses that are already purchased, rather than spend the funds on equipment that we may already have. Purchase of educational print materials (like books) is a low priority, because the funding from PVO is to aid instructors’ production of the module and delivery of this module rather than to purchase “supplements”.
  • Any other course-related needs
  • Ongoing costs (e.g., renewal of software licenses or upgrades) will not be funded
  • Funding may not be used for travel to conferences or other conference-related expenses

  • How To Apply