The WebAssign Sabbatical Program provides an opportunity for teaching faculty to explore innovative ways to use WebAssign and engage in the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching within the realm of online assessment.
Sabbatical participants receive funding and resources support from WebAssign for a specified academic term. Participants get the chance to work as an insider with a thriving edtech company. You will collaborate with the WebAssign team, deepen your understanding of how a business organization functions, and gain insight to the range of professional skill sets required to deliver the WebAssign system.
- Develop discipline-specific open source content (e.g., questions, videos, textbooks) to be used in the WebAssign system.
- Design, run, and analyze efficacy studies related to WebAssign and learning outcomes (e.g., how the use of WebAssign in the classroom can improve AP scores).
- Explore innovative ways to use WebAssign features to improve student engagement, learning, or communication between instructors and students (e.g., best practices research on assignment settings).
- Use WebAssign to collect data on students’ performance to engage in analytics-based teaching and assessment.
A WebAssign Sabbatical Program recipient must have a teaching position at a college or university, preferably in a STEM discipline. You must be approved by your institution for leave; applicants will provide a letter from the institution verifying leave status prior to the start of the sabbatical.
Preference is given to WebAssign users or those familiar with the WebAssign system.
- Duration is no less than six weeks and no longer than 1 year
- A stipend and funding for expenses is provided based on the scope of the project and the length of the sabbatical.
- Terms related to the intellectual property and deliverables during the course of the program depend on the type of output and will be discussed during the application period.
- Project deliverables and the terms of the agreement will be documented in a contract to be signed by WebAssign and the sabbatical participant.
In addition to the project work, participants will be expected to:
- Deliver up to two topical presentations at an academic conference during or shortly following the sabbatical (with support from WebAssign Marketing). Conference registration, travel, and lodging expenses will be covered by WebAssign.
- Work with WebAssign Marketing to promote the program and the participant’s output. Promotional activities may include instructor spotlight blog post(s), video interview or testimonial, internal company presentation, etc.
- Provide feedback to WebAssign contacts on product features and usability in the classroom.
- Provide a post-sabbatical report detailing your accomplishments, challenges, and overall experience during the program.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org about your project prior to applying. We can help you refine project ideas and position your proposal.
Fall or full-year: Applications are due by October 31 of the previous year.
Spring: Applications are due by May 30 of the previous year.