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Teaching for Impact Grants

2017-18 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Center are pleased to announce the second year of this new teaching and learning grant opportunity.

The Teaching for Impact program supports teaching faculty* to create best-practices to enhance undergraduate education, with a focus on supporting improved student learning. Teaching for Impact Grants of $500 each enrolls faculty in a program that will assist them–through a focused one-time training–in incorporating a few simple active learning and student learning strategies into their courses. Teachers of undergraduate general education courses and large enrollment courses are especially encouraged to apply. Funds can be used by the faculty in the purchase of materials, supplies, and equipment or for research/conference funds. See the full description and enrollment information below.

*Teaching Faculty refers here to all who teach—tenure and tenure-track, clinical and practitioners, lecturers, adjuncts, and graduate teaching assistants. Preference will be given for teaching faculty who are likely to teach the course multiple times.

PROGRAM ENROLLMENT now open.

Grant Description:

“Teaching for impact” participants will explicitly incorporate small changes in active and engaged learning strategies, including accessibility strategies and embedded formative assessments, to promote student retention and enhance student progression towards a degree, consistent with Vol Vision 2020 Strategic Priorities. This grant has a focus on small, specific changes for undergraduate teaching that can be made for high levels of impact, in terms of student engagement and success and is proactive in facilitating faculty course design work as a foundation for experiential learning. It is modeled on the teaching for “Transparency in Learning and Teaching” project sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU).  The TLC is partnering with a consortium of universities in this project, particularly UNLV as primary PI.  

Recipients will be awarded grants (for courses taught either fall, spring, or  summer school in 2017 through spring semester 2018) based on their complete participation and submission of materials, not on results of the assessment or of student surveys.

Grant responsibilities

For the grant, teaching faculty will focus on an existing course and a particular unit within a course (defined as a coherent portion of the course–such as a few weeks).   Faculty will add structured class activity(s) and learning strategies for students as needed that lead to an assessment currently given, such as a test or assignment for the concept / content being taught; faculty add support for students in the form of focused, brief metacognitive strategies will ‘wrap’ the unit.  Online courses are included in this call (with either synchronous class sessions and/or asynchronous elements).

Recipients receive the grant upon having provided the following:

  1. Grant recipients are required to review the consent form (with the option to withdraw) and complete a short survey upon the start of the program.
  2. Faculty attend a 3 hour workshop at the start of the semester, at which time they will receive grant planning support (and are welcome to seek further help as needed during the semester).
  3. Faculty communicate to students a short survey at the start of the course and then an end-of-course 10-15 minute student survey. Information will be provided by the TennTLC on how to administer the survey (and we can do the administration if desired).

At the start of the program, faculty will receive information about both the research and the reporting to be done for the program overall. Faculty will choose to participate in the national research project or chose to have survey and other project information used for internal UT reports only. Faculty will receive a personalized, private report of the student survey for their own class.  Note: If difficult circumstances arise, and faculty have started the grant work but cannot complete it, the faculty member would be pro-rated for half of the grant.

Instructions for application

Please email your interest and include the following:

  1. Your intention in participating and meeting the goals: to explicitly incorporate small changes in active and engaged learning strategies, including accessibility strategies and embedded formative assessments, to promote student retention and enhance progression towards a degree, consistent with Vol Vision 2020 Strategic Priorities.
  2. In particular, describe how this program of small changes might meet  existing or possible barriers to learning and provide further support for student retention and/or progression in learning and success.
  3. Include in the email:
    1. your full name, your department, your department’s IRIS account # and a departmental budget contact.
    2. The course title and course number, session/semester course is taught, course designation (Gen Ed or Major course), learning outcomes, and projected enrollment.
  4. Send to tenntlc@utk.edu with the heading “teaching for impact.” Enrollment open (based on best match of program goals, as well as order of enrollment) Enrollment through end of March with notification April 3.

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