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Online Workshops To Enhance NSF Educational Proposals and Projects

Are you interested in giving your faculty a competitive edge in writing proposals for educational research and development projects supported by the new National Science Foundation (NSF)Program Description PD14-7513 titled Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). Then you will want to make arrangements for them to participate as a group in one or more of the 10 upcoming NSF sponsored Interactive Web-based Workshops (IWBWs) all of which will be presented by former NSF Program Directors in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

The Virtual Faculty Collaborative (AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services) is offering a series of Interactive Web-Based Workshops (IWBWs) on topics that are important in preparing proposals and in implementing funded undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education projects. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), through a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE).

Workshop Topics

Individual workshops, which will last for two hours, will focus on:
·        Incorporating effective strategies into an educational proposal

·        Defining project goals, objectives, and evaluation questions
·        Working with an evaluator to develop a project evaluation plan
·        Addressing NSF’s broader impacts expectations in a project
·        Designing a project for impact and transportability

Workshop Format

These workshops are intended for all STEM faculty members that are planning NSF educational proposals or already have a funded project.  They are designed to engage local groups of participants in discussions of issues related to the workshop topic that will enable local sites to interact with the entire virtual group, and to be provided with information and insights on each of these discussion items by workshop presenters.

Because of this distributed organization, only groups of STEM faculty at a site may participate and each group must have a local facilitator who will work with the presenters to organize the local activities and interact with the Presenter in coordinating the workshop presentation. Those interested in serving as a facilitator must submit an application for each IWBW they wish to hold at their site. More information on facilitating an IWBW and on the application process is provided atFACILITATORS link.

Workshop Schedule

Each IWBW will be offered twice between January 6 through 17, 2014. The workshop sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday at 2:00-4:00 (EST). Additional information about the IWBW content, schedule, and presenters is available at the WORKSHOP link. Please note that registration for a given session will be closed five days prior to the date of the session.


To register for one or more NSF IWBWs, please access the site.  If you have questions about the IWBWs, please email Yolanda George at


Each IWBW will be offered twice between January 6 through 17, 2014. The workshop sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday at 2:00-4:00 (EST).