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Learning and Teaching Grants

2017 Vice-Chancellor's grants

Individuals and teams are invited to apply for amounts of between $2,000 and $10,000, which must be expended in 2017.  Two types of grant are available:

1. video/screencast making grants

This is a new category of grants for 2017.  These grants will support the development of higher quality video, screencast and similar materials to support student learning, consistent with learning.futures and the balanced teaching periods.  Grants are available for amounts of $2,000-$4,000 or equivalent professional assistance to staff who have participated in the Power of Screen Presenting workshops.  Further workshops will be offered in early 2017 for interested staff.

Applications must be submitted by or before Friday February 24 2017, 10am.
 

2. learning.futures grants

The grants support staff to re-engineer their approaches to teaching and learning in line with the learning.futures strategy, incorporating learning.futures practices in courses and subject, the UTS Model of Learning and the Graduate Attributes Project, along with the requirements of the Academic Calendar.  Grants encourage engagement with the following developments:

  • ‘Flipped learning’ where students access digital resources and undertake pre-work before coming to classes where they engage in active and collaborative learning, followed by post-work that involves review and reflection on learning.
  • The increasing development of open, digital libraries that enable students to engage with extensive educational resources and tutorials, and have their understandings of key ideas automatically assessed.
  • Initiatives relating to innovative uses of learning spaces such as large collaborative theatres and collaborative pod classrooms.
  • Collaboration technologies (including social media) to support formal and informal peer learning.
  • Initiatives involving creative, transdisciplinary, project-based and inquiry-based learning.
  • Authenticity in learning experiences and assessment.
  • Learning analytics, specifically using data to personalise students' learning experiences or to provide feedback to students on their learning.
  • Student employability and transition to the workplace, including embedding employability initiatives in the curriculum and developing internship-like experiences.
  • Academic calendar 2017. Academics may apply for funding to be spent on developing resources or activities for use by students in the orientation weeks or week 1, replacement of mid-semester exams with authentic assessments or similar activities that support improvements to subjects for the balanced teaching period calendar.

Applications must be submitted by or before Friday February 24 2017, 10am.

Overview

Projects funded for 2017 will enable academic and professional staff (as individuals or teams) to engage in innovation, test and modify existing innovations, or reconfigure subjects and learning activities (including assessment) for learning.futures. Projects must go beyond the routine updating of curriculum, resources or support services.  Subjects that are the focus of grants must be or have the intention of becoming learning.futures compliant in 2017. Projects may include research or investigative components, but must have a development component that directly benefits students. Project leaders are encouraged to include one or more student members in development teams for relevant projects.

Applications may be made for projects that build on previous projects funded under this scheme, provided the applicants have submitted project reports that show appropriate evidence of that earlier project’s success. Projects should demonstrate they are consistent with the UTS Strategic Plan 2009-2018. There are also opportunities to partner with the Connected Intelligence Centre on academic writing and dispositional learning analytics.

Successful grant applicants should expect to contribute to the learning.futures website and present outcomes of their work to colleagues. Social media and other online strategies may be an integral aspect of how successful grant holders engage academics, professional staff and students as well as enable networks and collaboration across UTS. A final project report (due February 2018) should outline project activities, developments, outcomes and also a statement of expenditure against the project budget.
 

Guidelines

Guidelines for both types of grants are here.
 

learning.futures grants application form

Application form is here.
 

Video/screencast grants application form

Application form is here
 

For more information

For questions relating to applying for a grant, please contact Katrina Waite at katrina.waite@uts.edu.au or  Jo McKenzie, Director of IML, at jo.mckenzie@uts.edu.au, or call IML on ext. 1669. 

 

 

 

 

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