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Learning and Teaching Grant (LTG)

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

We encourage proposals that create and explore pedagogical approaches to ensure student success and engagement in Ryerson’s learning ecosystem, and to address ECI inside and outside the classroom, lab, or studio. The goal of this internal grant program is to support the integration of evidence-informed practice and evaluation into teaching and to disseminate the results of successful projects to the Ryerson community.

The LTG focuses on fostering projects with strong pedagogical methodology that will have a long- term impact on undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 LTG PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED.

 

Funding Range

The LTG funding range is $5,000-$12,000. From the total pool of funds, no less than 33% will be awarded to Inclusive Teaching initiatives.

Priority Focus Areas

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

  • Raise faculty’s ability to apply innovative learning strategies in the classroom, lab, studio and online.
  • Support evidence-informed teaching practice through the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 

It additionally 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:

  • Cultivating 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.
  • Developing 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.

 

This year’s grant program will focus on pedagogical practices that enhance student engagement and build equity and community inclusion. 

Guided by the NSSE Engagement Indicators, the adjudication committee will be looking for projects that propose to develop new or existing effective teaching practices, assessment methods that promote student learning, and strategies for creating a supportive and accessible learning environment.

 

Example topic areas related to NSSE indicators include:

  • Improving feedback to promote learning
  • Developing cases, examples, and illustrations for challenging concepts
  • Structuring syllabi for student understanding
  • Strategies for increasing meaningful student-faculty engagement in course topics
  • Assessment practices that engage students in reflective and integrative learning
  • Improving group work through assessment design
  • Discussions with diverse others
  • Creating supportive learning environments

Eligibility

All faculty members may apply as Principal Investigator if their contract has at least 2 years remaining at the time of application. Applications from Limited Term RFA, CUPE 1 and 2 faculty must indicate contract start and end dates.

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.

Awarded Funds

Funds will be made available in April 2019, after recipients attend an introductory 1-hour grant kick-off session. 
Funds must be expended no later than April 30th, 2020.

 

  • All expense reporting and HR contract initiation will be completed through the LTO.
  • All non-consumable items purchased with the 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 also be used in conjunction with those received from the AEC Curriculum Development Funds. 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.

  • Where possible, studies should take advantage of existing Ryerson resources, such as software licenses.

  • Equipment expenditures will be considered if the substance of the project requires equipment that is unavailable on campus and is instrumental to the project. Budget requests for equipment expenditures should include supporting documents and approval is subject to the discretion of the committee. Funds may not be used for capital expenditures (renovations or additions to the physical plant).

  • Faculty teaching release is not funded by the LTG.

 

Intellectual property will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement between Ryerson University and the Ryerson Faculty Association.

Successful proposals require authorization of the department or school chair (front page of application).

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.

 

Evaluation Criteria

When evaluating submissions, the committee favors proposals which:

  • Expand student awareness and understanding through the development of new strategies and course materials.

  • Strengthen undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and learning.

  • Include references to relevant literature from within the field of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in higher education.

  • Demonstrate potential for long-term impact on student learning.

  • Show potential for integration into complementary programs/courses.

  • Demonstrate the prospect of sustainability beyond the grant.

  • Utilize an "outcomes-based" approach to measure success.

     

Budget

Applications must include a budget that is:

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

 

Reporting & Requirements

LTG grant projects are monitored and must comply with the following requirements:

Mid-term Report Due on or before November 1st, 2019
Final Report

Due on or before May 31st, 2020 and must link awarded funds to achieved LTG goals. 

Final Report Document 

Presentation Of the study at the Learning and Teaching Conference to be held in May 2020.


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

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the LTG Program.

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to those who applied. 

 

Please note:

  • A Ryerson ID is required to login.

  • Proposals not submitted through the link will not be considered.

  • Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

     

Tip: Download the LTG 2019 Proposal PDF to your desktop prior to answering the questions. We recommend preparing your answers in a separate word document. Copy and paste your answers from your word document into the editable PDF. Be sure to save your answers.

 

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

 

Final Report

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 Faculty Conference on May 16, 2019.
  3. Grant reciepients are required to credit the LTG in any publications, conference proceedings or media appearances that resulted from the funded project.

The Final Report Document can be found here. 

 

Contact

Please direct application questions to lto@ryerson.ca