GrassRoots are grants for small-scale ICT projects with ready-to-use results for teaching and learning. With a GrassRoots project, teachers can improve their teaching in a way that resonates with their personal ideas and preferences. GrassRoots are primarily meant for teachers with limited experience with ICT application in their teaching, or for teachers who want to experiment with new applications or with new technological pedagogies. The used technology and pedagogy do not necessarily have to be brand new or innovative for the VU Amsterdam. It can, for example, be a specific functionality of the Learning Management System (Blackboard or Canvas), or it can involve Web2.0 tools, it can involve developing or using Open Educational Resources (MOOCs, open text books) or new professional software tools, etc.
The project is feasible by using standard ICT tools offered by the VU or free Web2.0 tools. Extra appreciation is for projects in which so-called Open Educational Resources will be used or developed.
The internet provides a large array of inspirational sources regarding teaching innovation with use of ICT resourses. A few examples: