Disclaimer: The Tech Steering Committee Innovation Grants offered by Santa Clara University are a terrific idea in support of those that have viable proposals to move teaching and learning forward. Without these grants, many projects could not even get off the ground. That these grants even exist at a smaller university is a testament to the commitment from the very highest levels of the university to innovative uses of technology in meaningful and hopefully important ways on education, learning, and university experience.
Having said that…a recent experience with the TSC grants has left a very bad taste in my mouth. It seems contrary to the goals of the program, in fact. It takes what was an olive branch offered in line with the very criteria for a proposal and turns things all around, potentially stifling innovation.