Each 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. 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.