Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

CTEL Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Grants


Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) grants provide funding to assist faculty with bringing their technology-focused teaching and learning projects to life. Faculty who seek funding will need to apply for a TEL grant - see below for details and guidelines.



Grant criteria for advanced software requests:

CTEL is bound to consider the most economic option that still achieves the desired outcome. If you request funds for an advanced software application, we will explore a lower cost alternative (if available) and recommend it to you. You are encouraged to explain if you prefer a particular application when a more economic option is available. For example, Camtasia is a premium screen-recording software with advanced editing tools, where as Screencast-O-Matic offers many of the same features for a fraction of the cost. Your request for Camtasia will be funded only if you are able to justify a need for its advanced features. If not, we will direct you to the more economic option.

The following software applications do not require a TEL grant application: 


•   VoiceThread Instructor licenses

•   Screencast-O-Matic Pro accounts


Faculty who would like either a VoiceThread or Screencast-O-Matic license can email for a quick approval.


Grant criteria for Hardware requests:

Purchase of laptops, desktops and iPads/tablets are not funded through TEL grants. ITMS has an equipment loan program that may address some of your hardware needs:


If you need something not loaned by ITMS, you’re encouraged to submit a hardware TEL grant. Please note that CTEL typically grants requests that are able to serve multiple entities across USM and not just a single instructor or department.  If your request for highly specialized hardware is granted, you will be asked to partner with CTEL on studying its integration in student learning and disseminating that research through professional development seminars and/or scholarly publication.


The following hardware do not require a TEL grant application:

•   Headsets (under $50)

•   external webcams (under $50)


Faculty who would like either a webcam or headset can email for a quick approval. 


Proposal, Review Process and Timeline

For larger grants, please email



Contact Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (CTEL) Learning Designers.