Funded by the Provost's Office, the University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants are designed to enhance students' learning experiences at the University of Calgary.
Specifically, they support the development, implementation, critical examination, and dissemination of innovative, evidence-based approaches to student learning (see image right) in order to achieve the following goals:
- integrate research evidence into teaching practice,
- generate new knowledge about teaching and learning at the University of Calgary, and
- disseminate the results of that work to benefit others.
These grants support different types of projects through three structural streams:
- Development and Innovation Grants (new!)
- Lesson Study Grants, and
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Grants.
We invite applications on any issues relevant to teaching and learning. However, if you're looking for a topic that's supported by an institutional strategy, plan, or framework, the University of Calgary has a variety of strategic initiatives. For instance, within each of the three structural streams above, there is a special topic track for projects that integrate experiential learning into the design of a course or program. We also encourage (but don't require) projects that support other strategic initiatives (e.g., mental health, indigenous education, sustainability, internationalization, learning technologies). Learn more about these special topics.
Adjudication process and criteria
Applications will be adjudicated by one of five committees according to specific criteria. Learn more about the committee structure, the adjudication process, and the criteria by which applications are evaluated.
For details about who can be a Principal Grant Holder and who can be otherwise involved in a Teaching and Learning Grant application, view full eligibility information.
Development and Innovation Grants and Lesson Study Grants are eligible for up to $7,500. SoTL Grants are eligible up to $10,000 per year (individual projects) to $20,000 per year (collaborative projects). Learn more about budget guidelines and details.
How to Apply
Applications for the Teaching and Learning Grants are invited once per year and consist of three files:
- one of the following Word forms for the appropriate stream: Development & Innovation Grant form, Lesson Study Grant form, or SoTL Grant form,
- an Excel template for the budget, and
- a Signatures form.
Application submissions are accepted through the Teaching and Learning Grants Program's D2L course.
To submit an application, begin by self-registering in the TI Teaching & Learning Grants Program D2L course. To self-register in the D2L course, log into D2L and look for the self-registration link under "My Tools." Select "TI Teaching & Learning Grants Program 2019" (course offering code: TI_TL_GRANTS_2019) and click the "Register" button in the bottom right hand corner. All forms (e.g., application form templates, budget spreadsheet, signature page) are available from the D2L course content page. Upon full completion of the application package, applicants upload their submissions to the designated Dropbox folder as a single PDF . Submissions will not be accepted past the application deadline.
(Self-registration opens June 15, 2018)
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Timeline for 2019-20 grants
Application Support from the Taylor Institute
Grants Drop-In Consultation Sessions are scheduled in Learning Studio F as follows:
- August 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
- September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
- October 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ethics in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Most Teaching and Learning Grants projects will need ethics certification. In particular, grant applicants whose research plans involve studying students and/or students’ work are strongly encouraged to consult the Taylor Institute’s Ethics in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Guide and to attend the Ethics in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning workshop, offered in Learning Studio F, on:
- October 3, 2018 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Grant applicants are also advised to initiate the ethics certification process (which involves creating an account with IRISS and completing the CORE tutorial, before an ethics application can be submitted). Projects that require ethics certification will not have funds released until the CFREB has approved the project. From application to submission, this process can take 4 to 6 weeks or longer, so applicants are advised to initiate this process early on.
Participants who are unsure about whether or not to apply for ethics certification can consult this visual flow chart.
Other Resources and Workshops
Applicants might review the following documents:
Applicants might also consider attending the following workshops about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:
- Introduction to SoTL (on September 10)
- Learning Lab: Current Events, Controversy, and SoTL in the Classroom (on September 17)
- Aligning Research Questions and Design in SoTL (on October 15)
- Potential RAs and student partners can benefit from attending workshops offered in the SoTL Foundations Program for Graduate Students. Postdocs can take the SoTL Foundations Program for Postdocs.
For more information, please see the Events & Workshops listings.
- October 29, 2018.
Announcement of 2019-20 Grant Recipients
- January 21, 2019.
If you are awarded a Teaching and Learning Grant, please see "Starting Your Grants Project."
Expectation of Recipients
Recipients of Teaching and Learning Grants will
- follow the process outlined in “Starting Your Grants Project"
- as soon as possible upon receiving notice of award, apply for ethics certification (required for release of funds) and follow an ethics protocol for research involving human subjects (this process can be initiated earlier, see "Ethics in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" above);
- follow University of Calgary procedures to have their project reviewed by Research Services and set up in the Research Accounting system;
- implement the proposal as approved (adhering to budget, evaluating impact on learning, following the timeline, disseminating, etc.), unless changes requested in writing are approved by the Grants administrators;
- attend, as possible, gatherings of grant recipients at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning;
- submit a Progress Report halfway through the project (required for release of second-year funding for two-year projects), as well as a mandatory Final Report; and
- share the results of the completed project with relevant audiences as outlined in the proposal, and through a Taylor Institute online showcase.
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