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Educational Technology Adoption Call for Proposal

Supporting Students Through the Use of Innovative Educational Technology

Partner with the Center for Academic Innovation to use one of our educational technologies and support student success in your courses. Successful proposals receive funding and support to adopt the center’s educational technology tools that support student success, build students’ competencies and skills, and provide information for better academic decision-making.

The center has developed a broad portfolio of software tools that have been used by all 19 schools and colleges that collectively reach over 98% of our student population. Our software is also used at educational institutions and organizations around the world. 

Tools available for adoption through this call for proposals enable innovative pedagogy, skill development, and personalization at scale.


May 17, 2024

Proposals will be accepted until May 17. Join us at our Tool Showcase event on Feb. 21  to learn about the tools, discuss proposal ideas, and find answers to any questions. Contact us at [email protected]

Tool Adoption Priorities

We know there are more great ideas across campus for additional ways and contexts our existing educational technology tools could be used. We invite proposals that expand the use of our existing tools within the U-M campus community. We are accepting applications to utilize the following tools:

GradeCraft is a learning management system that supports gameful instruction, a pedagogical approach inspired by techniques and methods found in well-designed games.

Lettersmith is a writing support tool that provides structured guidance and encourages metacognition.

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Problem Roulette is a study tool for helping students succeed through practice with real exam problems from previous exams. 

Tandem is a tool that helps instructors and teams manage teamwork by creating a place to get feedback and engage with tailored lessons. 

Looking for inspiration or examples of our tools in the classroom? You can find previously awarded projects here and here.

Innovation Showcase

The Center for Academic Innovation is inviting interested faculty and staff to attend the 2024 Education Technology Showcase, hosted at the center on Feb. 21. Join us to learn about the software available for adoption via this call, how faculty at U-M are using our tools to meet their goals, and find answers to your questions about the proposal process.

Funding and Support

Approved proposals will receive up to $5,000 to offset implementation costs and in-kind support in the form of consultation from our pedagogical and behavioral science experts and project management team to help with implementation and adoption.

Financial support to offset implementation costs could include reimbursement for student hourly wages to assist with implementation, material costs to support pedagogical design or other associated costs. 

Proposal Submission Process

Proposal Requirements

Eligibility: All U-M faculty, instructors, and staff based on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible to apply.

Application Process

Consultation support is available to discuss proposal ideas and answer any questions. Contact us at [email protected].

To submit, fill out this application form and email to [email protected] by end of day on Friday, May 17, 2024.


  • Call for Proposals Open: January 22, 2024
  • Tool Showcase Event: February 21, 2024 
  • Final Proposal Deadline: May 17, 2024
  • Decisions Announced: Mid-June 2024 

Note: The implementation timeline differs for every tool. Proposals to implement certain tools in time for the Fall 2024 term may require additional work during the Summer.