Teaching & Learning Innovation Grants

Teaching & Learning Innovation Grants support initiatives that make a positive contribution to the learning and teaching environment at Brock University.

These grants provide support for the development and redesign of innovative pedagogical practices and courses that contribute to program improvement, Brock’s Strategic Mandate Agreement and Strategic Plan.

Eligibility

All full-time, tenured and probationary faculty are eligible to apply.

Sessional or part-time instructors are also eligible to apply to the Experiential Education stream (see below), provided that their grant application is accompanied by a letter of support from their Department/Centre Chair outlining the department’s commitment to sustaining the curricular innovation that results from the grant funding.

Applicants can apply to more than one stream if applicable.

Priority will be given to those who have not received or are not currently receiving Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant funding.

Streams

This stream supports the development or redesign of experiential education at the course and program level that fall within Brock’s Senate-approved categories of Experiential Education. Funding through this stream is exclusively for curricular-based experiential education that is embedded within academic courses. The grant does not support experiential education that occurs as part of the co-curriculum or outside of the curriculum.

Proposed projects must include a positive and reciprocal relationship between Brock faculty, students, and either an internal or external community partner (if applicable), and include reflection-based assessments that contribute to a portion of a student’s final grade. For example, a grant could be requested for funding for student assistants related to course development, expenses related to accessing the experiential education opportunity (e.g. transportation, supplies), or a small token of thanks/recognition for the contribution of community partners.

Additional resources to support faculty in the development/redesign of experiential education components are available in the Faculty Guidebook on Experiential Education.

Applicants who intend to request funding to hire a current graduate or undergraduate students for course development/redesign activities are strongly encouraged to consider funding available through the Match of Minds Program offered by the Office of Research Services.

Applications for experiential learning that includes students traveling to an off-campus location should be accompanied by the appropriate insurance and travel risk management forms. Please review the Insurance and Travel Risk Management policies and forms provided by Human Resources.

Available funds

  • Up to $3000 for an on campus course component or one occurring within Canada.
  • Up to $5000 for a course component that requires international travel by students.

Contact a member of the Experiential Education team to discuss your ideas and application.

This stream supports the development or redesign of innovative approaches to teaching and learning at the course and program level. For example, a grant can be requested to support the development/redesign of courses to include high impact pedagogical practices (such as capstone courses or learning communities), cross-disciplinary teaching and learning experiences, online/blended learning, or the inclusion of open educational resources.

Available funds

Up to $1000

Contact a member of the CPI team to discuss your ideas and application.

This stream supports the following initiatives:

  • special projects that aim to investigate and improve student learning
  • professional development related to teaching and learning (e.g. participation in a teaching and learning conference related to innovations in pedagogy or experiential education)

Funding through this stream is available on a partnership basis and should be matched by decanal, departmental or professional allowance funds.

AVAILABLE FUNDING

Up to $500

Contact a member of the CPI team to discuss your proposed project or professional development.

Conditions

The Teaching & Learning Innovation Grants are designed to support the development and advancement of high quality teaching practices at Brock University. To that end, grant funding will be awarded with the expectation that grant recipients will:

  • Share the progress and/or results of their project with the broader Brock community at teaching and learning events (e.g. workshop, conference, showcase, institutional development activity) organized by CPI and/or Experiential Education;
  • Openly share and release the results of the project (including but not limited to course outlines, assignment guides, rubrics, learning resources, instructional plans) through an open license (such as a Creative Commons license) with the Brock community and beyond which allows others to freely adapt, modify, copy, and/or redistribute the material for teaching and learning related purposes;
  • Acknowledge funding support from CPI and/or Experiential Education on all published material related to the grant;
  • Agree to have their name, along with the title and a brief description of their grant project shared on the CPI website and/or other publications;
  • Adhere to Brock’s Financial Policies when spending grant funding;
  • Submit receipts through Workday within 2 weeks of the project completion (as per the agreed upon timelines) and no later than April 1 of the academic year in which the funds have been awarded. Receipts cannot exceed the amount awarded. Only expenses itemized in the grant budget submission will be reimbursed.

Teaching & Learning Innovation Grants will not support the following:

  • teaching tools or course material that would normally (or should be) departmentally or faculty funded
  • building of physical spaces
  • research*

*If you are interested in conducting research on teaching and learning, please review the Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence program

Application Process & Timelines

Grant applications are reviewed monthly on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year until funds have been exhausted.

Complete the online form below to apply to one or more of the grant streams. If you are unsure of which stream your project would fit within please contact a member of the CPI who would be happy to assist you.

Questions?

For more information about the Teaching & Learning Innovation Grants and to discuss your ideas for a grant-funded project contact CPI via email at cpi@brocku.ca, phone at x3933, or stop by the Centre in TH 136.