No, the Chancellor's Office will not pay for you to set up a cloud computing environment through this RFP. You are welcome to build your cloud computing as part of the in-kind contributions to your virtual labs project.
Yes. If your proposal plan requires Virtual Lab support provided by a lab technician and/or teaching/research/graduate assistants, please explain why and how the support will be provided and explain how the VL support will improve the cost-effectiveness and success in achieving the outcomes of your project. Depending on the availability of budget, the Chancellor's Office RFP evaluation team will consider your request.
Campuses can submit a maximum of 2 proposals, a single proposal for each course adopting virtual labs. Funds will be awarded to the top rated proposal from each campus first before a second proposal from the same campus is considered for funding.
We estimate the maximum amount to be awarded per proposal to be $15,000, with the typical amount of funding to be about $10,000.
Funding guidelines are:
100% funding for faculty assigned time at reimbursement rate of $5,068 for 3 semester WTU or $4,505 for 4 quarter WTU. Faculty can choose to take the distribution of to cover professional development over the summer funds (amount =$5,068).
100% of virtual labs software costs for a reasonable number of students. Academic Technology Services has current CSU contracts with Biology Labs Online and Smart Science® Labs. For Biology Labs Online for 100 students per semester/quarter at $7.00 per license for a single lab, you could request $700.00. For Smart Science Labs, the $16.63 cost per licenses for up to 8 labs would result in a total cost of $1,663.00 for 100 students per semester/quarter. For information about other virtual labs software from commercial vendors see the Virtual Labs Vendor Services page.
75% of reasonable/proportional support costs for staffing by lab tech, or GA/RA support.
Information on ordering from CSU virtual labs contract are contained in the RFP Appendices 2 and 3. If you plan to use other commercial virtual labs, you can contact Jean-Pierre Bayard, Director of Systemwide Learning Technologies and Services firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 916-278-5847 for more information and assistance.
Visit the CSU Virtual Labs website. There are a variety of free-based and commercial labs available for faculty to explore. SmartScience, for example, will be happy to answer questions about their virtual labs. .
You will need to include the use of virtual labs in your course in the Spring quarter, summer sessions, and/or the fall semester/quarter. When you use the virtual labs with the course is up to the instructors.