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Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund (LTEF)

The Learning and Teaching Office (LTO) offers an internal grant to fund convincing new strategies reflecting Ryerson's continued commitment to teaching excellence, pedagogical leadership and diverse students.

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund (LTEF) supports student engagement inside and outside of the lecture hall/classroom/lab/studio and promotes the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education.

The 2016-2017 call for proposals is now closed.

Funding range: $7,000 - $20,000

Submission deadline: October 26, 2016

 

Ryerson’s Academic Plan “Our Time To Lead” (2014) states that learning and teaching excellence is a critical priority, which must:

  1. support learning and teaching excellence by raising faculty’s ability to apply innovative learning strategies in the lecture hall/classroom/lab/studio, and
  2. support teaching and learning scholarship.

The LTEF focuses on fostering projects with strong pedagogical methodology and long-term impact on undergraduate and graduate curriculum. We expect the projects will raise Ryerson's role as an educational leader.


Priority Focus Areas for 2016-2017 include:

  1. Enhanced experiential learning opportunities
  2. Measurement of enhancement of student learning
  3. Curriculum program scale transformation
  4. Development or integration of open educational resources
  5. e-learning
  6. Alternative assessments
  7. "Chalk and talk" alternatives
  8. Flipped, online and blended classrooms
  9. Adopting innovative technologies
  10. Social media and student engagement
  11. The evolving nature of higher learning
  12. How technology has changed teaching and learning outcomes/objectives

Submission Process

  1. Review guidelines
  2. Download application
  3. Send completed applications by email to lto@ryerson.ca

Eligibility

The Principal Investigator must currently be a full-time RFA member in a department, school or academic support unit reporting to the Provost. Limited-term RFA members may apply if their contract has at least two years remaining at the time of application. The application must indicate the contract start and end dates.

Application Process

  1. Complete the application for submission. Submit a copy by email to Eric Kam, Director of the LTO at lto@ryerson.ca by 4:00 p.m. on October 26, 2016. Proposals submitted after that will not be considered.
  2. Decision process: Proposals will be vetted and ranked by a committee led by the LTO. Members of the committee will include teaching chairs, faculty and the VPA. The results of this process will be communicated to individual applicants.
  3. Ordinarily, funds will be available for development or operating expenses related to the proposal (including equipment in some cases), but not for capital expenditures (renovations or additions to the physical plant) related to the proposal. All non-consumable items purchased with LTEF funds remain the property of the university. Funds may be used to hire research assistants or to match funds such as the Ontario Work Study Program provided such hires are consistent with the objectives and requirements of the proposed investigation. Funds may not be used to hire teaching assistants. In cases where funds are for hiring, the hiring process and employment are subject to Ontario labour laws and the hiring and employment policies of Ryerson University.
  4. Funds will be made available January 2017 and are to be expended no later than January 31, 2018.
  5. This is not an equipment fund, however, if the substance of the project requires equipment, that component may be considered if it is demonstrated that such equipment is unavailable on campus and is instrumental to the project.
  6. Faculty teaching release is not funded by the LTEF.
  7. Where possible, proposed studies should take advantage of existing Ryerson resources, such as software licenses.
  8. Intellectual property, if any, will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement between Ryerson University and the Ryerson Faculty Association.
  9. Successful proposals require authorization of the department or school chair. Proposals involving research or where the outcomes will be submitted for presentation or publication will require Ryerson ethics approval.

Evaluation Criteria

When evaluating submissions, the committee favors proposals -

  • Expand student awareness and understanding via new strategies
  • Strengthen undergraduate teaching and learning
  • Include references to relevant literature(s)
  • Contain descriptions of methods measured by project outcomes
  • Demonstrate sustainability for impact on student success
  • Show potential for integration by complementary programs/courses
  • Present an "outcome-based" approach so success can be quantified
  •  

Applications must include a budget, which is –

  • Complete
  • Viable
  • Consistent with project objectives
  • Includes appropriate administrative approval

 

Reporting

LTEF grant projects are monitored and must comply with reporting requirements:

  1. A mid-term report due on July 14th 2017
  2. A final report due on February 28th 2017
  3. The final report must link the awarded funds to achieved LTEF goals
  4. Grant holders must present their outcome(s) at the Faculty Conference on May 2018

Mid-term Progress Report [doc] (due July 14th of the granting year)

Final Report [doc] (due February 28th, one month after grant completion)

Grant recipients are required to credit the LTEF in any publications, conference proceedings, or media appearances that resulted from the funded project.

 

 

How to Apply

Download the Funding Application for the 2016-2017 LTEF as a PDF

Grant Authorization Form [pdf]

Read the Guidelines

Download the application forms, fill them out, and send a completed set by email to Eric Kam, Director of the LTO at lto@ryerson.ca.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on October 26, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

Based on the experiences of previous applicants to the LTEF and TDF grants, we have developed this set of FAQ, which we hope you will find helpful when completing your application.

How can I write effective project objectives?

The following examples represent objectives that don't include enough detail:

  • new technology to assist in teaching
  • a new classroom technique
  • new resource for students to improve their conceptualization of material
  • new ways of presenting material 

 

In order to provide more detailed objectives, try asking yourself:

  1. What rationale in society or in teaching pedagogy might support my objective?
  2. What is my rationale in making that objective?
  3. How does this objective meet the requirements of the grant?
  4. Does this objective work beyond my individual course, and if so, how?
How will I evaluate my project outcomes?

Four questions you need to consider when thinking about how you will evaluate your project's outcomes:

  1. Given your objective, how might you evaluate that the outcome of the project has been achieved?
  2. How will you assess the impact of your idea on students?
  3. How will you know if your project outcome is assistive to other faculty?
  4. Could your project be considered sustainable, that is, will the information from the project continue to be used past the end date of your grant?

The following examples represent evaluation schema that lack clarity and don't indicate how you will know the reason that students learned: 

  • I am going to put technology in my lectures and if students learn they will have benefited from it
  • I am going to see if the course grades are improved over last year
  • I am going to go to a conference and if my work is accepted my project is a success.

 

Questions you might ask yourself when selecting a method for evaluating your project outcomes:

  1. Does the suggested evaluation method result in a clear assessment of outcomes?
  2. Is it possible that students will learn even without this new technique?
  3. Conference success may indicate project success but not always, can you suggest a further evaluation?
  4. Is there a quantitative assessment that you might give, e.g. the number of individuals accessing your resource or the number of students choosing to use an optional resource?
How can I write a proper budget justification?

The following is an example of a proper budget justification.  This justification is strong because it clearly and simply shows both budget totals and how those totals were determined. When hiring occurs, it indicates the purpose of the hiring. Budget justifications should make clear to reviewers why you need the money.

RA Assistance – Total 283 hours

Rate: $23/hr + 15% benefits = $26.45

a)     Creation of online delivery of 50 concepts – 150 hours RA through (Chang School)

Support for VR software

Support for use of iPad and Stylus

Creation of white/black animation board

Support for microphone and audio recorder

Support for DSLR camera (video)

Support for Final Cut software for video production/post-production work

b)     Creation/revision of Powerpoint Slides and other visuals to support concept delivery through audio scripts – 73 hours

c)     Evaluation – 60 hours

Review of literature

Development of instrument

Online delivery of instrument

Qualitative interviews to support quantitative

Data cleaning and analysis

Support with report writing and development of conference presentation

$7485.35

Permissions for copywritten images (eg. Products, brands)

URL is included in to confirm costs www.xxx....ca

$1014.65

Content development

a)     Modules on Management - $1000 (covered by Dean)

Content development

Script writing

Support visuals – selection and/or development

iPad presentation

Audio delivery

b)     All other modules including metrics - $0 (developed and delivered by PI on the project)

Content development

Script writing

Support visuals – selection and/or development

iPad presentation

Audio delivery

 

TOTAL

$8500.00

 

Contact

Lauren Wilson, Manager
lauren.wilson@ryerson.ca
Phone:416-979-5000 x. 6570