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 October, 2002 members meeting of the TEI. More information on
this specific RFP is available at TEI October 2002 Opportunity.
2. A short intensive training course to be offered in conjunction with
the ACH/ALLC joint conference in Athens, Georgia in the summer of
2003. More information on this specific opportunity is available in
the Appendix below ACH 2003 Opportunity.
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
1. Proposals for short intensive courses, typically 1-5 days,
coordinated with a conference or other event. (See the specific
events listed above for which we encourage proposals in the short
2. Proposals for short courses or workshops of one to two weeks
offered annually, to serve a specific audience or geographic
3. Proposals for self-study materials to be available online.
4. Proposals for distance education courses that could be offered
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 training. Is the training for novices, advanced users, users
with specific needs? Is the training opportunity open to the
community? How many participants can the course accommodate?
2. Timing and Location. How long will the training take and where will
it take place? 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 sorts of hands-on activities will enhance the
4. Financing. How will the development and delivery of the training be
paid for? What will its cost to participants be? Will the targeted
audience be able to afford the proposed training? What discount
will TEI members get? (Please note that all proposals must include
some provision for a TEI members' discount.) The TEI recognizes
that quality training needs to be financed in a manner that will
ensure its ongoing development and which will appropriately reward
the sponsoring institution. 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 populations (see
5. Outreach and Application Process. How will the training be
advertised? How would 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 the proposing party interested in involving the TEI in
the evaluation process?
7. Instructors. Who will do the training and what experience do they
have? Proposals should include the trainers' credentials and
8. Facilities. What facilities are needed for the training? If
specific facilities are envisioned, are they appropriate to the
content and adequate for the audience sought?
9. Will the training cover some specific set of software tools? If so,
please supply details.
10. Materials. What self-study, reference, or exercise materials will
be given to 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
development of quality training by reviewing proposals, sharing of
expertise, and by providing 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 opportunities will appear in a
redesigned TEI training area in a way that clearly distinguishes
3. Accepted proposals can publicly describe their training
opportunities, where appropriate, as "Certified by the Text
Encoding Initiative" or "Developed in conjunction with the TEI."
Use of the TEI logo will also be granted where appropriate.
Alternative wording is also negotiable where appropriate and
4. Appropriate proposals that are seeking funding can ask for a letter
of support from 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
6. The TEI can assist in the review of existing training in a
confidential manner designed to help trainers upgrade their
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 [log in to unmask] 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 Members Meeting in Chicago. The training would be run in a
PC lab at Northwestern University that can hold a maximum of 24
participants. Proposals should be coordinated with the local
organizer, Martin Mueller, [log in to unmask]
Proposals sent before August 15th, 2002 will be considered.
* 2003 ACH/ALLC. The TEI seeks proposals for a two day intensive
training course to be offered in conjunction with the ACH/ALLC
joint conference in Athens, Georgia in the summer of 2003. The
conference organizers have set aside May 27-28, 2003 (and possibly
the morning of the 29th) for this training opportunity. Proposals
should be coordinated with the conference by Bill Kretzschmar,
[log in to unmask] In particular, proposals should take into
account fees that will be charged by the University of Georgia for
use of labs. Proposals sent before December 1st, 2002 will be
TEI Training Committee:
Geoffrey Rockwell, [log in to unmask]
Julia Flanders, [log in to unmask]
Sebastian Rahtz, [log in to unmask]
Perry Willett, [log in to unmask]