Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 115.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sat, 06 Jul 2002 07:37:25 +0100
From: John Unsworth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: TEI Training RFP
Text Encoding Initiative Training:
Request For Proposals
The Text Encoding Initiative invites proposals for the development and
delivery of training courses and materials to be recognized by the TEI. We
invite interested parties to contact us or submit proposals in writing that
will meet the training needs of the community. We are committed to working
with one or more parties to help develop the proposals so that they can be
certified by the Text Encoding Initiative.
Venues and Specific Opportunities
The TEI specifically invites proposals for the following venues in the
1.A short intensive training course to be offered in conjunction with the
members meeting of the TEI. More information on this specific RFP is
TEI October 2002 Opportunity.
2.A short intensive training course to be offered in conjunction with the
joint conference in Athens, Georgia in the summer of 2003. More
information on this
specific opportunity is available in the Appendix below ACH 2003
In addition, the TEI solicits proposals for general, reusable training
materials; for repeatable training courses; and for courses or workshops to
be offered in conjunction with conferences.
What sorts of proposals will be considered?
Generally the types of proposals we are looking for are of the following sorts.
1. Proposals for short intensive courses, typically 1-5 days, coordinated
conference or other event. (See the specific events listed above for
encourage proposals in the short term.)
2. Proposals for short courses or workshops of one to two weeks offered
serve a specific audience or geographic region.
3. Proposals for self-study materials to be available online.
4. Proposals for distance education courses that could be offered repeatedly.
5. Proposals for text books or training manuals.
This list is not exhaustive. We welcome any imaginative proposals that
would help educate the community in appropriate ways.
What should be in the proposal?
While we invite interested parties to enter into a conversation with us,
the following are some of the features of a complete proposals that need to
be addressed before the TEI will endorse the proposal.
1. Audience. The proposal should make clear the audience targeted by the
the training for novices, advanced users, users with specific needs? Is
opportunity open to the community? How many participants can the course
2. Timing and Location. How long will the training take and where will it
When will it take place? Will it be offered at regular intervals? Will
it be offered at
the same place repeatedly? Proposals should demonstrate that the
location and time
allocated are appropriate to the audience and content.
3. Content. How will the curriculum be developed? What exactly will be
taught and in
what order? How will the content meet the needs of the audience? What
hands-on activities will enhance the content?
4. Financing. How will the development and delivery of the training be paid
will its cost to participants be? Will the targeted audience be able to
proposed training? What discount will TEI members get? (Please note
proposals must include some provision for a TEI members' discount.)
recognizes that quality training needs to be financed in a manner that
will ensure its
ongoing development and which will appropriately reward the sponsoring
The TEI is also willing to endorse and assist with fund-raising efforts
in support of
training courses, particularly those which might assist under-served
5. Outreach and Application Process. How will the training be advertised?
people apply for the course and how would applicants be selected?
6. Evaluation. How will the training be evaluated and by whom? How will the
evaluation process inform the ongoing development of the training? Is
party interested in involving the TEI in the evaluation process?
7. Instructors. Who will do the training and what experience do they have?
should include the trainers' credentials and relevant experience.
8. Facilities. What facilities are needed for the training? If specific
envisioned, are they appropriate to the content and adequate for the
9. Will the training cover some specific set of software tools? If so,
10. Materials. What self-study, reference, or exercise materials will be
participants? Will any software be provided?
Why submit a proposal to the TEI?
The TEI recognizes that quality training is regularly offered without the
endorsement of the TEI. This Request For Proposals is not meant to
discourage initiative--rather, we wish to encourage appropriate training by
recognizing excellence in training and assisting those who wish to develop
new opportunities. The following are some of the specific ways we can help
you through the RFP process.
1. Members of the TEI Training Committee and others can assist in the
quality training by reviewing proposals, sharing of expertise, and by
contacts with other interested parties. We can and will help you.
2. Proposals that have been accepted by the TEI as of appropriate quality
will be listed
on the TEI site as certified training opportunities. Such training
appear in a redesigned TEI training area in a way that clearly
3. Accepted proposals can publicly describe their training opportunities, where
appropriate, as "Certified by the Text Encoding Initiative" or
conjunction with the TEI." Use of the TEI logo will also be granted where
appropriate. Alternative wording is also negotiable where appropriate
4. Appropriate proposals that are seeking funding can ask for a letter of
the TEI or work with the TEI as a co-applicant. Please note that
parties wishing to
get support for funding proposals from the TEI need to give the TEI
sufficient time to
review the proposal and write letters of support.
5. The TEI will assist in promoting certified training through its membership.
6. The TEI can assist in the review of existing training in a confidential
to help trainers upgrade their courses.
Where should proposals be sent?
Inquiries should be addressed to members of the TEI Training Committee (see
below.) Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the TEI Training Committee,
c/o Geoff Rockwell, at email@example.com. Proposals will be reviewed by
the TEI Training Committee: it will make recommendations to the Chair of
the TEI Consortium for a final determination, which will then be
communicated in a timely manner.
Appendix: Specific Opportunities
The following is a list of specific opportunities for proposals with details.
October 2002 TEI Meeting. The TEI seeks proposals for a one day advanced
training course to be run on October 10th, the day before the TEI
in Chicago. The training would be run in a PC lab at Northwestern
can hold a maximum of 24 participants. Proposals should be coordinated
local organizer, Martin Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
before August 15th, 2002 will be considered.
2003 ACH/ALLC. The TEI seeks proposals for a two day intensive training
to be offered in conjunction with the ACH/ALLC joint conference in Athens,
Georgia in the summer of 2003. The conference organizers have set
27-28, 2003 (and possibly the morning of the 29th) for this training
Proposals should be coordinated with the conference by Bill Kretzschmar,
email@example.com. In particular, proposals should take into
account fees that
will be charged by the University of Georgia for use of labs. Proposals
December 1st, 2002 will be considered.
TEI Training Committee:
Geoffrey Rockwell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Flanders, Julia_Flanders@brown.edu
Sebastian Rahtz, email@example.com
Perry Willett, firstname.lastname@example.org
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