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APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.

In the academic year 2015/2016, the TLU sent out its first invitation to staff and/or students to apply for funding to develop mew learning, teaching and/or assessment activities that will support and enhance teaching and learning practices in CIT.

What are the objectives of the fund?

The objectives of theTeaching and Learning Development Fund are:

  • To provide funding for projects led by staff and/or students that seek to enhance learning and teaching
  • To provide funding for projects led by staff and/or students that seek to explore innovative developments in teaching and learning
  • To create opportunities for staff and students to exchange practice and ideas through Departmental/Faculty/School and CIT-wide dissemination in order to achieve maximum impact.

How much funding is provided?

The fund provides amounts of up to €2,000 for a small number of teaching and learning projects, to be completed before the commencement of the next academic year, which develop new activities that enhance learning, teaching and assessment for CIT students and staff.

 

Projects must be completed and reported on before the commencement of the next academic year…so should be small and doable.

What types of project are suitable?

Projects can address themes local to a department or school and focus on a specific aspect which leads to concrete and practical outcomes.

 

Some examples of types of project:

  • School/Department led discipline specific pedagogy seminar on new teaching and learning techniques facilitated by an external expert
  • Develop, pilot and review a new teaching/learning technique
  • Develop, pilot and review new assessment types/techniques/rubrics (perhaps in partnership with students?)
  • Small scale research and evaluation projects/study visits relating to curriculum/ learning/teaching development
  • Establishing and developing active communities of practice/networks with a defined action for this year
  • Combinations and variations of above…

 

How are applications for funding evaluated?

The following are the criteria used to assessing applications for funding to the TLU Teaching and Learning Development Fund:4

Criteria

Description

Innovation in Teaching and Learning

The rationale for how the project is going to enhance teaching and learning activities needs to be clearly stated. Preference will be given to those projects that are innovative or adopt good practice from the teaching and learning literature or elsewhere in the institute.

Innovative use of Technology

If the project is focused on technology (it need not have to) then preference will be given to those projects that are innovative or adopt good practice from the teaching and learning literature or elsewhere in the institute.

Potential impact on student learning

Projects that are likely to have a greater impact on student learning (e.g. the likely number of students that will be impacted, targeting ‘difficult’ subject areas) would be preferred to those where the impact is difficult to discern.

Potential impact on teaching

Projects that are likely to have a greater impact on teaching practices (e.g. the likely number of staff that will be impacted by a seminar/workshop on teaching/ assessment techniques, etc.) would be preferred to those where the impact is difficult to discern.

Sustainability

How sustainable is the project after the life-time of the funding. Projects that can demonstrate sustainability are preferable.

Transferability

How likely is it that project outcomes can be transferred to other areas across the institute? Projects that can demonstrate potential relevance more widely across the institute are preferable.

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