February 28, 2019


SUBJECT:    Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program (CDIIP)

I am pleased to announce the 2019-20 Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program (CDIIP).

CDIIP provides funding to support faculty projects that enhance undergraduate instruction and to encourage faculty experimenting with new instructional technologies including the creation of digital resources and the development of hybrid or flipped courses. Funding is available in three forms:

* Small individual projects (<$5K)
* Modest team projects (<$25K)
* Development of new hybrid/flipped courses or the conversion of traditional classes to hybrid/flipped form (< $50K)

The CDIIP Committee looks for projects that can improve the quality of undergraduate education, impact many students, improve time-to-degree, and increase interactions between faculty and students, particularly at the lower-division level. We especially encourage proposals that address the varied needs and perspectives of our diverse student population.

Faculty members are encouraged to develop projects with comprehensive strategies to improve undergraduate instruction in collaboration with their departments or academic units and the Teaching + Learning Commons (

Proposals for funding are reviewed by the CDIIP Committee. The Executive Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs makes final allocation decisions.

The CDIIP is not specifically aimed at supporting the development of fully-online classes. However, faculty interested in developing online classes are encouraged to discuss their interests with the Center for Digital Learning ( in the Commons. Alternate avenues of support for course development in these cases might be available (e.g. the UCOP Innovative Learning Technology Initiative:

Application criteria:
* Full-time Senate faculty who are engaged in undergraduate education are eligible to submit proposals.
* Awards are made in the form of grants to cover expenses including but not limited to faculty release time, faculty summer support, summer graduate student support, support for Educational Technology Services or other technical assistance, materials, or other justifiable expenses.
* Applications must include a plan for assessing student learning outcomes and for sustaining the project efforts beyond the duration of the grant.
* A progress report for each CDIIP award is due on June 15 of the following year.

Applications are due April 2, 2019 and can be found online at: Awards will be announced at the end of May 2019. Funds will be available beginning July 1, 2019.

Please contact John Moore, Dean of Undergraduate Education (, for questions regarding the CDIIP.

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor