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Teaching Excellence Technology Grant: Tablet PCs in Teaching

Request for Proposals (PDF)

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) extends an invitation to all full-time faculty to submit proposals for projects that utilize specific strategies for implementing Tablet PCs in teaching. Selected applicants will receive a used Gateway Tablet PC, model # M285E, to be transferred to the recipient’s department. For the past 3 years, the CTE has loaned these Tablets PCs to faculty to explore ways to use a Tablet PC in teaching. In this new program, the CTE will distribute these Tablet PCs to selected faculty through departmental inventory transfer.

The aim of this project is to encourage creative consideration of how to use this specific technology to improve teaching and learning. Ask yourself some questions: Can a Tablet PC change the way I provide effective feedback to my students? Can a Tablet PC serve as an effective communication or collaboration resource in my instruction? Can a Tablet PC facilitate learning in my large enrollment class? How can the mobility of a Tablet PC change the way I interact with students? This project’s aim is to provide the technology to faculty in order to invest in options of pedagogy involving communication, collaboration and feedback using a Tablet PC.

Goals for faculty development and teaching improvement include:

  • To foster student engagement in the classroom
  • To explore methods of communication, collaboration and feedback that utilize the technology and mobility of a Tablet PC for revised classroom procedures.
  • To encourage faculty to develop processes to implement use of Tablet PCs in instruction.

Successful faculty participants will:

  • Receive a Gateway Tablet PC.
  • Attend 2 group meetings - one Fall 2010, one Spring 2011

July 23, 5:00 pm

Grant applications due to CTE

July 30

Grant recipients notified

Fall 2010

Group meeting #1

Spring 2011

Group meeting #2

If you are interested in participating in this Teaching Excellence program, submit an application to the CTE by July 23. You may direct questions about this Tablet PC program to CTE staff at 777-8322 or

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Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-8322 •