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Learning and Teaching Grant (LTG)

The Learning and Teaching Grants 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, community and inclusion (ECI) in the classroom. 

We encourage proposals that are attempting to create new methods for modifying the Ryerson curriculum to increase student engagement and learning, and to address ECI inside and outside the lecture hall, classroom, lab, or studio. 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 community.

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

Funding Range

The LTG funding range is $1,000-$12,000. From the total pool of funds, no less than 33% will be awarded to Inclusive Teaching initiatives.

Priority Focus Areas

Learning and Teaching Enhancement

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.

Potential topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Enhancement of student learning
  • Alternative assessments
  • Flexible teaching strategies
  • Open educational resources
  • Flipped, online and blended classrooms
  • Innovative technologies
  • Student engagement
  • Learning communities
  • Service learning and community-based learning
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

 

Inclusive Teaching

Ryerson’s academic plan, “Our Time to Lead” (2014) makes a commitment to building equity, community, and inclusion on campus, and infusing a respect for Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) perspectives into every aspect of life at Ryerson. Strategies include:

  1. Cultivate relationships with Aboriginal communities and students to create an educational environment that embraces and supports Aboriginal perspectives and experiences, and builds community with Aboriginal people.
  2. Develop a university-wide community engagement and communications strategy that values equity, diversity and inclusion; leverages current engagement activity; and builds a more visible Ryerson presence in particular communities.

Recognizing our theme is varied, submissions are not restricted to any one approach. Potential areas of inquiry can include but are not limited to:

  • Fostering and building intercultural relationships based on understanding, empathy and respect.
  • Understanding non-Western ideas, contributions and ways of knowing
  • Creating curricular innovations addressing equity and inclusion (including, but not limited to race, religion, gender, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, Aboriginal perspectives)
  • Supporting international students
  • Integrating Aboriginal knowledges and teaching methods into the classroom
  • Building capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect
  • Building on existing knowledge and scholarship of inclusive teaching

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 and grant authorization forms. Submit to the Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/fSXAHoCKog5EtCV13) by 4:00pm on February 1, 2018. Proposals not submitted through the link will not be considered. Proposals submitted after the deadline 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, the Vice Provost Academic, and an Aboriginal representative from the Aboriginal Education Council (AEC). The results of this process will be communicated to individual applicants.
  3. Research funds will be available once a detailed budget is approved by the LTO.
    1. Expenditures can include equipment in some cases, but not for capital expenditures (renovations or additions to the physical plant).
    2. All non-consumable items purchased with the funds remain the property of the university.
    3. 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 also be used in conjunction with those received from the AEC Curriculum Development funds (https://www.ryerson.ca/aec/funding_education/). Funds may not be used to hire teaching assistants/graduate 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. 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.
    5. Faculty teaching release is not funded by the LTG.
    6. Where possible, proposed studies should take advantage of existing Ryerson resources, such as software licenses.
  4. Intellectual property will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement between Ryerson University and the Ryerson Faculty Association. 
  5. Successful proposals require authorization of the department or school chair (Please see application form, page 1).
  6. 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. Please see REB website for more information: https://www.ryerson.ca/research/resources/ethics/human/#1 
  7. Funds will be made available March 2018 after recipients attend an introductory 1-hour grant kick-off lunch, and must be expended no later than March 31, 2019.

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 from within the field of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Contain descriptions of methods measured by project outcomes
  • Demonstrate sustainability for potential for long-term impact on student learning
  • Show potential for integration by complementary programs/courses
  • Present an "outcome-based" approach so success can be quantified
  • Demonstrate the prospect of sustainability beyond the grant
  • Utilize an "outcomes-based" approach to measure success
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Applications must include a budget, which is –

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

 

Reporting

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

  1. A mid-term report on or before September 1st 2018
  2. A final report due on or before April 30, 2019, one month after the end of the project timeline, which must link awarded funds to achieved LTG goals
  3. Grant recipients must present their study at the Learning and Teaching Conference, to be held on May 17, 2019
  4. Grant recipients are required to credit the LTG in any publications, conference proceedings, or media appearances resulting from the funded project.

How to Apply

Download the Funding Application

Read the Guidelines

Submit Application

Download the application form, fill it out, save it, complete the online form using the submit application link.

 

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2018.

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