Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED) Program

New for 2014, the SEED program is now SPEED!

Create with SPEED logoEach Spring, the Swarthmore College Libraries and ITS invite all current employees to submit proposals to Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED). SPEED awards provide dedicated support from software developers, librarians, academic technologists, and student interns for an eight-week period of project development in June and July 2014. Awards do not typically fund purchases of equipment or software. With a SPEED project team's help, faculty and staff can create a new digital object or resource that enhances teaching or facilitates undergraduate research.

Successful projects always meet three key criteria:

  • a clear focus on enhancing undergraduate learning.
  • a scope that can be completed in eight weeks or fewer.
  • a plan to be put into use in the coming academic year.

The 2014 call for proposals closed on March 3, 2014. 

Background & History

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The Academic Technology team in ITS originally developed a program called Summer Educational eProject Development in 2012 to encourage and support innovation by instructional staff. Based on the initial year's tremendous success, we continued to solicit and develop projects annually. Starting in 2013, SEED became a joint effort of the Swarthmore College Libraries and ITS to further expand the range of projects that instructors may propose.

Bringing Projects to Fruition with SEED

In 2013, we received 15 proposals, and accepted eight. View the completed projects.
In 2012, we received 17 proposals, and accepted five. View the completed projects.