UQ Strategic Teaching and Learning Grants
2011 Strategic Teaching and Learning Grants
***Guidelines and Applications now available for 2011 Grants***
The 2011 Scheme will provide funding to address two priorities:
- to assist with the development of innovative projects that aim to enhance student engagement through the implementation of high impact learning practices.
- to fund initiatives to improve access to undergraduate programs, as well as retention and completion rates, of students from equity groups.
Examples of high impact learning practices include (Kuh, 2009):
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects
Examples of equity initiatives include (Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program guidelines, 2010):
- transition programs to support cultural and geographical issues of inclusion;
- academic preparation, teaching delivery and learning methods to better meet low SES background needs;
- mentoring, peer support, tutoring and continued academic support;
- education programs for parents of low SES students, particularly those with children who are first in their families to access higher education;
- monitoring of student progress;
- undertaking research and monitoring the impact and effectiveness of activities.
The ALTC funded a project in late 2009 to determine to what extent the promoted dissemination strategies had led to the effective dissemination and consolidation of outcomes of completed ALTC Grants Scheme projects. A key outcome of the project was the development of a range of resources to support dissemination activities for future applicants. A guide has been developed to assist staff to plan and undertake effective dissemination and is a highly recommended for prospective and successful applicants:
Other useful resources from Professor George Kuh on high imact learning practices may be useful for applicants to refer to:
- Developing submissions for the UQ Strategic Teaching and Learning Grants Scheme Workshop March 2010 - Dr Clair Hughes, Professor Merrilyn Goos and Kelly Matthews - TEDI
- High-Impact Educational Practices - What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter - George D Kuh 2008
- George Kuh UQ workshop presentation from 2009
- ALTC Dissemination Framework
By encouraging staff to develop projects that promote higher levels of student engagement, the scheme aims to improve the student experience as measured by student grades, persistence/ retention, student satisfaction, and essential learning outcomes. The equity priority will encourage innovative approaches to assist the University in meeting improved low SES and Indigenous participation, retention and success rates.
Funding: The maximum funding available for projects is $20,000 from the DVC (Academic) funds.
- These funds must be complemented by cash funding from another source eg external grants, School, Faculty or Institute funding, external body such as industry/professional organisation
- The combined other funding must be at least 25% of the total requested funding from the DVC (Academic).
Applications Due from Faculties to the ODVCA: Monday, 20 June 2011
A teaching and learning grant workshop was held in May and is recommended for staff members considering developing teaching and learning grant proposals in 2011. The guidelines and requirements for T&L Strategic Grant, New Staff Start-up (SoTL), and Early Career (SoTL) schemes will be discussed, as well as approaches to developing T&L focussed applications.
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