Learning & Teaching Grant Program (LTG)
The 2021-2022 Learning and Teaching Grant Program will focus on pedagogical practices that create engaging student-centred learning opportunities. Projects should focus on one of the following:
The Student Experience
- Fostering teaching approaches that encourage active learning methods.
- Addressing student engagement through the effective use of digital tools.
- Exploring blended learning through the integration between traditional face-to-face and online learning to create a cohesive learning experience.
Expanding the implementation of experiential learning opportunities, meaningful partnership development, equity driven approaches and/or a focus on competency focused outcomesCreating or adapting assessment practices that engage students in reflective and integrative learning or involve community partners as co-creators.
Mental Health and Well-being
Developing pedagogical strategies and assessment methods to support student mental health and well-being.
- Incorporating an anti-racist pedagogy into course content.
- Integrating strategies that address anti-racism and allyship in the classroom.
- Expanding the implementation of projects that support the integration of open educational resources or practices into the curriculum.
- Adapting course design and teaching techniques using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and flexible learning strategies to create more inclusive learning experiences.
Advancing Indigenous Initiatives and Decolonization
Building relationships with Indigenous communities and students to create an educational environment that embraces and supports Indigenous knowledges, perspectives, and experiences, and builds community with Indigenous peoples.
The funding range is $5,000 to $12,000 CAD, and the grant duration is 12 months.
Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) faculty with active contracts for the entirety of the grant cycle are eligible to apply as a Principal Investigator.
Faculty, contract lecturers, staff, and students are eligible to be listed as co-investigators on grants.
Funding requests must conform to the rates and regulations of Ryerson University, and must be fully justified in terms of the needs of the project. PIs must provide a detailed explanation in the budget justification form as to how the funds will be used to achieve the project objectives.
The adjudication committee may deem your application less competitive if they find that you are requesting non-essential funding or ineligible activities, and may require budget revisions. Committee members will take into account the quality of your overall financial planning and the justification of requested expenditures. Additional funding and in-kind contributions should be clearly stated and will be taken into account.
Applications requesting to develop new technologies, software, or databases are subject to the adjudication committee requesting a consultation with Ryerson legal in addition to the standard application requirements.
Each application must be accompanied by a clear timeline for monthly goals and activities to demonstrate proposal feasibility within the one-year timeframe.
Please review the list of eligible expenses:
|Student and non-student salaries and benefits|
|Travel and dissemination costs||
|Materials and Supplies cost||
|Funds from other sources||
Additional Notes and Ineligible Expenses:
- All non-consumable items purchased with the awarded funds will remain the property of Ryerson University.
- Faculty course release cannot be funded by an Learning and Teaching Grant.
- Wages for faculty, regularly assigned teaching assistants, or staff members who would normally be employed by the university, are considered ineligible expenses.
- Principal Investigators or co-applicants may not pay themselves with funds.
- Funds may not be used for capital expenditures (e.g., renovations).
Proposals will be vetted and ranked by a committee led by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Members of the committee will include previous grant holders, faculty from across disciplines, and colleagues from partner units on campus (e.g., the Library). The committee will use the published rubric for scoring. The results of this process will be communicated to Principal Investigators.
Thank you to our 2021/2022 LTG Adjudication Committee:
John Paul Foxe
Sally Goldberg Powell
|Awarded funds||Funds will be made available in May 2021, after the recipients attend an introductory grant kick-off session. Funds must be expended no later than mid-April, 2022.|
|Administration of funds||The administration of funds and initiation of HR contracts will take place through the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, on behalf of the Principal Investigator.|
|Intellectual property||Intellectual property will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement between Ryerson University and the Ryerson Faculty Association.|
|Authorization||Proposals require authorization of the department or school chair.|
|Ethics||All research involving humans, conducted by or with faculty, staff or students affiliated with Ryerson University must be reviewed and approved by the Ryerson Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to commencement of the study.|
|Monthly Meetings||Attend monthly community practice meetings with fellow grant holders.|
|Mid-term report||Submit a mid-term report: due on or before November 1st, 2021 and attend the mid-term check in meeting.|
|Summary report or video interview||Submit a brief summary report or video interview to be published and archived on the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching website: due on or before May 31st, 2022.|
|Ryerson Learning and Teaching Conference||Present findings at the Learning and Teaching Conference to be held in May 2022.|
|Credit Guidelines||Credit the LTG in any publications, conference proceedings, or media appearances resulting from the funded project.|
At Ryerson, we believe in the importance of Open Educational Resources (OER) — teaching, learning, and research materials that are published under an open license to permit their sharing and reuse by others. We require you to publish your grant output under an open license. Learn more about open licenses, external link
If you have questions about OER and open licenses, please contact Michelle Schwartz- firstname.lastname@example.org
Guides & Resources
Accessibility simply means providing all people the opportunity to participate fully, regardless of ability. Ryerson has guides and resources available to all students, staff and faculty with the intent of equipping the community to help make Ryerson a barrier-free environment. Please ensure all materials meet Ryerson's accessibility guidelines.
Please ensure all videos have closed captioning, or any audio has a transcript. This is a mandatory requirement for any public facing content as stipulated by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Accurate captioning of at least 99% accuracy is the only way to ensure that people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing can understand audio content. Automatic captions should never be used as a substitute for captions. It is recommended to budget around $1.75 CAD per minute for professional third-party captions.
To submit an application, please complete the following steps:
Step 1: Complete the 2021-2022 Application Form
|Budget & Timeline Forms||
Step 2: Complete the Budget Justification Form and Timeline Form
Step 3: Complete the 2021-2022 Signatures Form
2019-2020 Reporting Guidelines
- The final report must link the awarded funds to achieved LTG goals
- Grant holders must present their outcome(s) at the Annual Faculty Conference in May.
- Grant reciepients are required to credit the LTG in any publications, conference proceedings or media appearances that resulted from the funded project.