Micro-Module Courseware Development Grant
Call for Applications (October 2014)


CUHK is in the process of preparing the Academic Development Proposal (ADP). Institutional advancement in eLearning is one of the major directions for development, and the construction of micro modules to support flipped classroom or blended learning will be widely promoted. The Ad hoc Committee of eLearning Infrastructure Planning Committee chaired by the Provost has applied funding from RAC for Micro-Module Courseware Development. We are now inviting applications from members of the teaching staff for projects funded under this allocation. The deadline of this call for applications is 28 November 2014. The plan is to release the grants by the end of 2014, with a start date of 1 January, 2015.


The aim of the Micro-Module Courseware Development grants is to support the construction of micro modules to set up exemplary examples of micro-module production and flipped-classroom implementation across a variety of disciplines.

Project Scale and Application Procedure

An application form can be downloaded from the eLearning website:  Proposals should include the basic information, description, evaluation plan and proposed budget of the project. In general, applicants should devise proposed projects with a maximum budget of $100,000. The allocated fund can be used to support staff cost (e.g., student helpers, TA, RA) and service cost (e.g., external vendors, ITSC) in developing micro modules, purchase of software and hardware, and/or teaching relief (maximum $60,000 out of $100,000). Also, applicants should indicate whether the project is funded by other sources.

Completed application forms in MS Word or PDF format should be sent through email to, no later than 28 November 2014. Please do not send hardcopy applications. Once we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgment email within three working days.

Teaching Assessment and Department Consent

The University has clear policy to ensure efforts in teaching development will be recognized in the appraisal and reward systems. It is the responsibility of department chairs to interpret CTE results and evaluate innovative practices and teaching development effort in a proper manner, and to prudently assign teaching load so that new development will not impose undue pressure and create excess workload to participating teachers. Applicants should consult with department chairs for the corresponding arrangements on teaching assessment as well as teaching relief (including the hiring of relief teachers specified in the proposal).

Project requirements
  1. Successful applicants should complete their project within 8 months after the start date (expected 1 January, 2015).
  2. Interim Report: Participants should have produced at least three micro modules within 3 months after receiving the grant, and share the modules and their pedagogical experience by producing a short write-up (~300 words) or a short video (~2 minutes). Exemplary examples will be widely promoted across the University by a website (constructed by the University’s eLearning support team) and other activities of dissemination.
  3. Final Report: A short final report with abstract is required, for which a template will be provided.
  4. A plan on self-evaluation is required for all projects, and evaluation results constitute part of the final report.
  5. Upon the completion of the projects, grant recipients will be invited to showcase their products or course website and take part in experience-sharing sessions.
Support and Consultation

Advice in preparing the proposal and estimating the budget is available through a support and consultation service, jointly provided by The Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR) and the Information Technology Services Centre (ITSC), by making an appointment at


Additional References

We have put together some additional references for the call.  

We hope you find the information useful as you develop ideas for the call. Feel free to email to if additional information is needed.