Course Development Funding
The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to provide support of up to $1500 for the development of new courses or significant revisions to existing courses. We are particularly interested in supporting the (re)development of courses that meet a specific programmatic need, or that rely upon a unique or exploratory pedagogical approach. It is expected that courses that are developed with funds from CTL will be taught regularly. We anticipate funding three course development proposals. All full-time employees of the college with faculty status are eligible to apply.
Examples of past funded activities include: The development of a methods course that was recommended by external reviewers and adopted by a program. The course did not fit clearly with any program member’s area of expertise, so funds were granted for the study of the subject and development of the course. The development of a newly required capstone course, the structure of which would be adopted by all program members when teaching the course. The redevelopment of an introductory course from a largely lecture based pedagogy to an active learning approach. The creation of inquiry-based lab experiments for a science course.
It is expected that funding recipients will (re)develop the course during the summer of 2017, and share their design and/or implementation experiences with colleagues through a short CTL newsletter submission.
To apply, please submit an application letter that includes: a description of the proposed course, including student learning outcomes, intended pedagogies, and how it fits into a curriculum; a statement of how the development of this course goes beyond normal course development expectations; and an itemized budget. A letter of support from your program chair should also be submitted. The letter should include a timeline of when the course is expected to be taught. If applicable, a statement of how this course will meet a specific programmatic need should also be included.
Applicants may request a stipend of up to $1000 and funds for materials of up to $500. Eligible material expenses include books, workshop registration fees, travel costs, and other expenses directly related to the development of the course. The stipend may be used to cover additional material costs, conference travel, or other expenses incurred beyond $500. Requests for funds to provide student stipends will not be considered. Funds should be spent by June 25, 2017.
Please submit all materials via email to the Center for Teaching and Learning (email@example.com) by Monday, April 3.
All applications will be reviewed by the CTL Advisory Board.
Teaching with Technology Mini-Grants
The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering seed grants to faculty who are willing to experiment with technology by incorporating it into their teaching in inventive ways. Through these grants, we hope to encourage faculty to imagine and test how technology can be used to transform student learning. For example, how can connecting with students in classes at other colleges or universities enhance student learning? How can creating supplemental materials, such as video tutorials, help students better understand the course material? How can mobile devices transform your class dynamic to create collaborative, interactive learning environments? How can technology help bring global awareness to student perspectives? How can technology help cultivate dynamic conversation? Even a small change can make a big impact.
The total amount of funding available is $10,000. These funds will be allocated across multiple projects based on demonstrated impact and need. Funds may be used to purchase equipment, attend a conference or workshop, conduct a site visit, bring an expert to campus, or other one-time expenses. No more than $250 may be requested as a stipend. Grant funds should be spent by June 25, 2017.
It is expected that grant recipients will work to incorporate technology into their teaching during the summer of 2017, implement the project during the 2017- 2018 academic year, and share their design and/or implementation experiences with colleagues through a newsletter article and spring event. Recipients should plan to work with CTL staff throughout the year for support and guidance.
To apply, please write a two-page proposal that includes: a brief description of your course or learning experience, including learning outcomes; how you propose to integrate technology into your teaching; how this change may benefit student learning; and a signed statement of confirmation that equipment purchases can be supported by college. Please include a detailed budget and budget rationale too.
Please submit your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 3.
We recognize that everyone has a different level of comfort with technology, and terms such as “experiment,” and “inventive,” are subjective. Whether you are just getting started with technology or were an early adopter, please feel welcome to apply. We will consider small and large requests.
I encourage you to contact CTL staff, especially Candace, Kristi, and Todd, to brainstorm possible uses of technology in your teaching, talk about your existing ideas, and/or to review your proposal. It is important to ensure that all equipment, both software and hardware, purchased through this seed funding can be supported by the college before the application is submitted.
Members of the CTL Advisory Board will make funding decisions.
Diversity Infusion Mini Grants
Mini-grants of up to $500 for the creation or revision of courses to include diverse voices are now available. These grants are meant to provide the resources necessary to infuse diverse voices, especially those from historically underrepresented populations, into the syllabi of existing courses or to develop new courses that explore issues and inclusion from an academic perspective. Grant funds can be used to purchase course materials (e.g., images. books, films, audio recordings, etc.). It is expected that courses that are (re)designed with funds from the Mellon Foundation Diversity and Inclusion grant will be taught at least two times in the next four years.
To apply, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the course, a project outline that addresses the questions below, and a basic budget.
Please submit all materials via email to email@example.com by Monday, April 3. Please contact Rodmon King with any questions.
Community-Based Learning Mini-Grants
Mini-grants of up to $500 for the development of community based learning courses are now available on a rolling basis. These grants are meant to provide the support necessary to transform a traditional course into a community based learning course. We are particularly interested in courses that are sustainable and will not rely upon outside funds for implementation each year.
Broadly speaking, community based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach that intentionally links what is being taught in the classroom to the surrounding communities. CBL is grounded in mutual respect and the belief that all communities have educational assets and resources that can enhance learning experiences for students. CBL gives students the opportunity to integrate hands-on work in the community with classroom readings and discussion, supports students’ ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and encourages self-reflection.
To apply, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the course, the course learning objectives, a statement of how the integration of community based learning will strengthen student learning, and a basic budget to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Ellen Prusinski with any questions.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Multidisciplinary Pedagogical Conferences
The Center for Teaching and Learning has funds to support faculty participation in pedagogical workshops and conferences! Funding includes registration, travel, and per diem.
Not sure where to start looking for such a conference? Here are two good options:
We also have a limited amount of funds to support faculty attendance at pedagogical workshops that occur in connection with disciplinary conferences. In most instances, funding is limited to the cost of the workshop and additional lodging.
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please send a short statement to Sarah Lashley indicating your interest in a specific conference and an anticipated budget. Requests will be considered on a rolling basis.
If you know of a pedagogical workshop or conference that you would like to attend, but it does not fit either of these models, please contact Sarah Lashley. CTL may still be able to help!
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