These internal grants support innovation in undergraduate and graduate education and are administered by the Educational Development Council, Academic Technology Center, and Morgan Teaching and Learning Center. Funds totaling $75,000 will be distributed among two programs:
1. Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Grants: A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of faculty (and staff, as appropriate) from multiple disciplines engaging in inquiry and action around a central theme. Based on statements of interest submitted in December, the theme for 2019 will be Open Educational Resources (OER). Use of OER is an important tool for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education-- reducing financial barriers and giving traditionally underserved students equal access to high quality learning materials. OER also benefit authors and their institutions by increasing visibility and impact of their educational expertise. In a FLC, each member pursues their own project, while meeting monthly with the multidisciplinary community for peer feedback and support. Anyone who wishes to join the OER FLC, or serve as a facilitator for this FLC, should submit an application by February 1.
2. Independent Project Grants: These grants support bold new initiatives that enrich learning in classrooms, laboratories, and projects, in undergraduate or graduate education. This grant mechanism is intended for applicants whose project does not fit with a FLC theme and for those who cannot or do not wish to commit to the regular interaction of a FLC. The application deadline is also February 1.
The Call for Proposals and Program Guidelines provides details and application procedures for both types of grants. Application forms are found on the same webpage. Prospective applicants may address questions to, and discuss their ideas with, Chrys Demetry and Kimberly LeChasseur in the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center and Kate Beverage and Mary Beth Harrity in the ATC.