Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grants


Deadline to Apply for this Grant: February 1st, 2019


Focus of Grant

These grants will provide support for Dalhousie educators who are interested in engaging in projects to enhance teaching and learning, through the design and development of new or alternative approaches to enhance student learning at the course, department or Faculty level. The overall aim of these grants is to foster deep and impactful student learning and promote faculty members’ professional development of teaching.

The objectives of this grant program include:

  • Enhancing the learning experience of students at Dalhousie University.
  • Supporting Dalhousie teaching and learning strategic priorities to transform teaching and learning including, but not limited to, first-year undergraduate education, experiential and work-integrated learning, undergraduate research, e-learning, and interdisciplinary, international and indigenous approaches to learning.
  • Supporting projects that could include, but are not limited to, course or program design (all modalities), assessment techniques, teaching strategies, e-learning, or creating new active learning opportunities aimed at increasing student engagement.
  • Providing faculty with opportunities for professional development of teaching.

Eligibility

Each project team must be led by a full-time faculty member to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project, however non-academic staff and limited term and part-time faculty members may be co-applicants. Limited-term faculty who are project leads, must have at least one year remaining in their contract term.

Amount of Award

Up to $3,000 may be awarded to each project.

Requirements

  1. Project Plan (See form and checklist below).
  2. A detailed budget is required with justification for each item (where salaries are submitted, 4% vacation pay should be added). Please include a list of any additional resources (e.g., funding, release time, equipment etc.) that will be provided to the project from other sources.
  3. If you are planning to seek assistance from CLT staff as part of your project (e.g., support of online course design from an instructional designer), please seek confirmation in writing that assistance will be available with key staff member(s) during the time frame required, prior to submitting your proposal.
  4. Statement of support from the head of the relevant teaching unit (department, school, Faculty) that includes: Description of any additional resources (e.g., funding, release time, equipment, etc.) to be provided to the project and a description of the value of the project, in particular the pedagogical impact on students. If a department head is an applicant for the grant, please provide a letter of support from your Associate Dean or Dean of your Faculty.
  5. Participation in a Fall Teaching Forum where grant recipients share their course or program enhancement with other grant recipients and the Dalhousie community. In addition, a brief, written, final report must be submitted to CLT within 18 months of receiving the grant, outlining the outcomes of the project (500-1,000 words).

Funding will NOT be provided for the following items

  • Conferences: registration travel, accommodations, etc.
  • Technology already available elsewhere, or where alternatives are available
  • Office supplies
  • Phone charges
  • Publishing fees
  • Faculty and staff salaries
**NB: Projects that submit budgets that are largely requesting funds to purchase technology will only be considered in special circumstances where research has been conducted to ensure that the tool is the only possible solution, that the tool can be demonstrated to contribute substantially to the project, that there are no institutional plans to consider a Dalhousie-wide site licence for such a tool, and if the department or faculty is able to commit to maintaining the tool to ensure continued use and impact.
 

Submission Check-List

Applicants are encouraged to submit well-defined proposals that will demonstrably enhance teaching and learning. 

To be submitted as part of the grant application, using the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grant Application form

  1. Names of project lead and co-applicant(s), employment status of project lead, Faculty/Department, contact information, and brief bio (as it relates to the nature of the project)
  2. Project Title
  3. Brief Abstract (150 words) to be used for promotion purposes if the applicant is successful
  4. Project Plan (Not to Exceed 2000 words)
    • Brief description of the proposed teaching and learning enhancement
    • Rationale and goals for the project: Within the context of the program/course, outline the pedagogical impact on students and the contribution the project will make to the course or program. Outline how the project will enhance student learning and how it is related to departmental, Faculty or institutional strategic directions.
    • Describe how the teaching and learning literature in this area has guided your project direction
    • Student population impacted
    • Sustainability of project

The following must be appended to your Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grant Application form:

  • List of sources consulted from the literature
  • Detailed project timeline
  • List of additional resources
  • Teaching Unit Support - Letter from Head of Department
  • Detailed Budget

Submission Process

  • Grant application requirements must be submitted as one full package, one of two ways:
    • Electronic submission applications can be emailed to: CLT@dal.ca 
    • Hard copy submission applications can be delivered to: Centre for Learning and Teaching, Killam Library, Suite G90

Selection Criteria

  • The project will significantly contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning in the stated context.
  • The project has clear and achievable aims (i.e., the proposal identifies an important teaching/learning problem or issue that the project will address, clearly states the purpose of the project, and defines realistic and achievable outcomes.)
  • The project will result in impactful and sustainable benefits to students resulting in deep learning.
  • The proposed budget is fully justified and in line with the aims and time line of the project.
  • The project has the support of the applicant's Dean or Department Head.

Any questions or requests for feedback on proposals in development may be directed to:

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Ph.D.
Director
Centre for Learning and Teaching
Tel: (902) 494-1894 | Email: Suzanne.Sheffield@Dal.Ca