We usually issue a call for proposals for Innovation Minigrants in March. But this March brought with it a global pandemic, and an incredibly disruptive time for faculty, staff, and students. IT and academic technology teams across the CSU mobilized to move learning and business processes online. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be the right year to put out a call, but it also seemed like a time of change, innovation, and creativity, and perhaps a time to get unique proposals to address arising challenges. Special consideration was given to proposals that focused on instructional and business continuity.
I’m pleased to announce the following Innovation Minigrant winners for 2020-2021.
Jaimie Hannans, Channel Islands – Nursing Faculty Support and Development of Online/Virtual Clinical Labs
Michael Schilling, Chico – Remote device management supporting planned power outages during COVID-19
Max Tsai, Fresno – In Fight with COVID-19: BulldogBot Can Help!
Cade Webb, Humboldt – Disaster Continuity for teaching & student access.
Allen Chen, Northridge – Sustainable Lecture Capture on a Budget for Hyflex Learning
Jerry Sheehan, San Diego – Lake Sage: A Student Data Lake Pilot
James Frazee, San Diego – High Impact Education with the Aztec Assistant (AztecA)
Paul Jurasin, San Luis Obispo – Mixed Reality for Laboratories of the Future
Jase Teoh, Stanislaus – Q-Lite Quality Remote Instruction: A Partnership with Faculty Ambassadors
Tawn Gillihan Anderson, Stanislaus – Help Desk AI Chatbot Using IBM Watson
We’re excited to see the developments of the innovation projects this year, especially in this challenging year. You can find previous winners below: