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Learning & Teaching Grant Program (LTG)

The Learning & Teaching Grant Program is no longer accepting applications. View the list of 2021-2022 grant recipients

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The Learning and Teaching Grant Program (LTG), funded by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, reflects Ryerson’s continuing commitment to teaching excellence and pedagogical leadership, along with our community’s ongoing dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the classroom.

We encourage proposals that explore new methods for modifying the Ryerson curriculum to improve the student learning experience, and to address EDI inside and outside the lecture hall, classroom, lab, studio, and online. The goal of this internal grant program is to support the integration of research and evaluation into teaching practice and to disseminate the results of successful projects to the Ryerson teaching community.

The LTG program focuses on fostering projects that are implementing evidence-informed pedagogical methods that will have a long-term impact on the undergraduate and graduate student experience. We expect the projects will raise Ryerson’s reputation as an educational leader nationally and internationally.

These projects should enhance student learning through the development of new strategies or course materials. As well, they should demonstrate potential for long-term impact on student learning and show potential for integration into complementary programs and courses. Within each grant, there must be a clear demonstration of the prospect of sustainability beyond the grant.

About the 2021-2022 Program

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.

Experiential Learning

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.

Anti-Racist Teaching 

  • Incorporating an anti-racist pedagogy into course content.
  • Integrating strategies that address anti-racism and allyship in the classroom.

Inclusive Teaching 

  • 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

Principal Investigator

Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) faculty with active contracts for the entirety of the grant cycle are eligible to apply as a Principal Investigator. 

Grant Participants

Faculty, contract lecturers, staff, and students are eligible to be listed as co-investigators on grants.

2021-2022:

  • Idil Abdillahi | Memory and Place-making
  • Tetyana Antimirova | Building Small-Group Student Collaboration in Partially Flipped Large-Enrollment Introductory Physics Classes in a Remote Delivery Environment and Beyond
  • Imogen Coe | Privilege, Identity, and Belonging in STEM Classrooms
  • Dave Colangelo | Creativity-Focussed Pedagogical Strategies and Assessment Methods to Support Student Mental Health and Well-being
  • Linying Dong | An Exploratory Study on AI Chatbot-enabled Learning beyond the Classroom
  • Sandra Juutilainen | First Nations, Inuit and Métis Food sovereignty in Canada
  • Bryan Koivisto | The Freestyle Social: Testing an inclusive online engagement tool for tackling scientific and technical concepts
  • Magdalena Ugarte | Black urbanism in Canada: Expanding planning and anti-racism competencies through community-engaged research and digital storytelling
  • Lahoma Thomas | Developing best pedagogical praxis in Black Studies

Guidelines & Adjudication

Budget Justification 

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.

Timeline

Each application must be accompanied by a clear timeline for monthly goals and activities to demonstrate proposal feasibility within the one-year timeframe.

Eligible Expenses

Please review the list of eligible expenses:

Eligible Expenses Description
Student and non-student salaries and benefits 
Professional/consulting services
  • Consulting fees and professional services (e.g., guest speakers, Indigenous elders, transcriptionists, etc.) are eligible expenditures.
  • Please review Ryerson's purchasing thresholds and demonstrate in the Budget Justification that expert advice is needed. 
  • If you have planned to contract consultants, please include a quote in your application (along with HST if applicable).  
  • Please review Ryerson's policies for Paying Vendors, Independent Contractors, and making Honoraria payments.
Travel and dissemination costs
  • A maximum of 20% of requested funds can be allocated towards travel costs directly related to the funded project, including reasonable conference travel costs (e.g., registration fees, food, hotel, etc.) to present a project's findings. 
  • Please include a detailed description of the conference and strong rationales for the relevance to the project. 
  • The adjudication committee will prioritize requests for student travel.
  • Please review Ryerson's Faculty & Staff Reimbursement Policy and Reimbursement of Business Meals, Travel and Expenses Policy.
Materials and Supplies cost
  •  A maximum 30% of total budget can be allocated to equipment and software. 
  • Purchase or rental of computers and associated hardware, software, or equipment (e.g., audio or video equipment) is allowable only if it is not accessible through other Ryerson University sources. 
  • Requests for equipment expenditures should include supporting documents and approval is subject to the discretion of the committee.
  • If the budget requests funds for equipment and software, the proposal must clearly demonstrate sustainability in the absence of those funds in future years.
Funds from other sources
  • Include all other contributors (e.g., AEC Curriculum Development Funds) that are providing in-kind or financial contributions for the proposal. 
  • Indicate whether or not these funds have been confirmed.

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).

Please note: The 2021-2022 application process is now complete. For reference, the applicants completed the following process:

Form Instructions 
Application Form

Step 1: Complete the 2021-2022 Application Form

  • Fill out all 6 sections, including the 7 questions in Section 3. 
  • The completed form should be saved as PDF files and attached to your application when prompted. 
Budget & Timeline Forms

Step 2: Complete the Budget Justification Form and Timeline Form

  • Review the Budget & Eligible Expenses Guidelines 
  • The completed forms should be saved as PDF files and attached to your application when prompted. 
Signatures Form

Step 3: Complete the 2021-2022 Signatures Form

  • The completed form should be saved as PDF files and attached to your application when prompted. 

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.

Information Session 

The information session, held on January 20, 2021, provided a short overview of the LTG focus areas, application process, and adjudication process, followed by an opportunity for questions. 

Thank you to our 2021/2022 LTG Adjudication Committee:

Mariam Ahmed
Fenella Amarasinghe
David Arromba
Kelly Dermody
Amy Desjarlais
Lorena Escandon
John Paul Foxe
Jacqui Gingras
Sally Goldberg Powell
Trina Grover
Esther Ignagni
Don Kinder
Andrew Laursen
Ann Ludbrook
Hossein Noyan
Terri Peters
Nada Savicevic
Michelle Schwartz
Yukari Seko
Nancy Walton
Tina West
Sally Wilson
Kristie Wright
Leonora Zefi
Gosha Zywno

The applications will be evaluated using the google doc2021-2022 Evaluation Rubric, external link

Requirements Details
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.
Reporting Requirement Details
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- michelle.schwartz@ryerson.ca

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. 

Captioning

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.

Learn how to caption videos or contact accessibility@ryerson.ca for a list of recommended vendors.

2019-2020 Reporting Guidelines

A reminder:

  1. The final report must link the awarded funds to achieved LTG goals
  2. Grant holders must present their outcome(s) at the Annual Faculty Conference in May.
  3. Grant reciepients are required to credit the LTG in any publications, conference proceedings or media appearances that resulted from the funded project.

word file2019-2020 Final Report Template Document, opens in new window

Contact

For technical assistance, email teachingcentre@ryerson.ca

For help with your research idea, email Sara Mazrouei, Educational Developer: smazrouei@ryerson.ca