Application Process

Cornell University is offering grants for the creation of four MOOCs on the edX platform ( to be released during 2015-16.  In order to be eligible, applicants must be current Cornell faculty.  Non-tenure track faculty may apply for this award with written approval and support from the department chair(s) in which the applicant’s teaching assignment(s) are made.

Pre-proposals will be accepted on or before November 16, 2014.  Those applicants selected to submit full proposals will be contacted by December 12, 2014 and are asked to indicate their intention to submit a full proposal by December 19, 2014.

Full proposals are due on January 15, 2015.  Both pre-proposals and proposal applications are reviewed by the university’s Online Learning Development group. Final decisions will be announced by March 15, 2015.

An MS Word version of the application is available for use as a working document to fill in the online application.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The potential for the particular course proposed is to advance Cornell’s mission “to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge; produce creative work; and promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community.”
  2. The course or instructor’s representation of a distinctive Cornell resource or approach.
  3. The potential likelihood that the course will attract a substantial audience, for whom it will provide a meaningful learning experience.
  4. The relationship between the subject matter of this course and that of other proposed or currently developing CornellX online courses, in order to maintain a diversity of fields of study.
  5. The potential for this online course is to enhance on-campus education.

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