Faculty and staff have one last opportunity to apply for Quick Wins/Discovery grants of up to $50,000 under the Transforming Learning for a Third Century program, part of the Third Century Initiative.
The first of two deadlines also is approaching for a third round of the much larger Transformation grants, ranging from $100,000 to $3 million.
To date, the Quick Wins/Discovery program has provided funding for nearly 100 small projects that were determined to have transformative potential for curriculum, pedagogy and student learning, or were projects that embraced risk, discovery, and experimentation.
TLTC leaders are looking for projects with this same potential in this last round of proposals, due June 5.
Successful Transformation projects should offer large-scale changes to instruction, infrastructure or both, and enable faculty and staff to implement new learning approaches that are sustainable or replicable.
Projects should be evidence-based, showing that the proposed changes will favorably affect learning experiences. Letters of intent are required for the Transformation program and are due May 29. Full proposals are due Aug. 31.
In November 2014, TLTC leaders announced the first three recipients of Transformation grants totaling $4.7 million. The inaugural projects were:
• Interprofessional Health Education and Collaborative Care.
• Personalizing at Scale: Engaging Every Student as an Individual.
• Master Class.
The team is in the process of reviewing a second round of these projects, with an announcement expected next month.
To date, the university has funded $7.7 million under the three grant programs — Quick Wins, Discovery and Transformation — out of the $25 million dedicated to teaching initiatives under the Third Century Initiative.