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Have you an idea for a Teaching and Learning Project to improve the student and/or staff learning experience?
Would you like the opportunity to trial an initiative to build or enhance Student Engagement?
Is there an opportunity to develop your practice that would benefit from some seed funding?

 

The Teaching & Learning Unit (TLU) and AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, Office of Registrar and VP for Academic Affairs, are now inviting applications from faculty/schools/departments/central services for funding, of between €200 and €5000, to develop projects that positively impact on teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement - last year we funded more than 27 Teaching and Learning Development projects, 13 Learning Communities and 41 Transitions to CIT projects.

 

We are particularly interested in receiving applications for funding around the following themes/approaches:

  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Learning Spaces
  • Student-staff collaboration
  • Inter/Cross-Disciplinary Colloboration

 

Please note the following key dates:

  • Closing date for applications is Friday, 29th May 2020 has been extended to Monday, 8th June 2020
  • Submissions will be reviewed by Friday, 12th June 2020
  • Applicants will be notified by Friday, 19th June 2020

What funding streams are available?

There are four funding options available, 3 from TLU and 1 from AnSEO, as follows :

  1. TLU Teaching and Learning Development Fund - for projects that seek to enhance any aspect of Teaching and Learning experience.
  2. TLU Learning Community Fund - for groups of like-minded individuals to meet and learn together, sharing ideas through workshops, conferences or resource development.
  3. TLU Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund - linked to CIT’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Fund allocation, these projects are more thematic and would allow applicants showcase their work nationally.
  4. AnSEO Transitions to CIT Fund - for projects that impact any aspect of transitions that students experience (adjusting socially/academically into first year; settling into second, third or final year of their studies; moving from undergraduate to postgraduate study; returning from periods of work placement to full time study; adjusting from employment into full-time or part-time study).

How much funding is available?

Between €200 and €5000, although larger sums may be applied for if matched funding can be secured from the home department/unit.

What period is funding available for?

Funding can be made available for one or more of the following periods:

  • Before 31st August 2020
  • Semester 1, 2020-21
  • Semester 2, 2020-21

Depending on when funding is applied for, all associated spending must be completed as follows:

  • Before 31st August 2020 applications – 31st August 2020
  • Semester 1, 2020/21 applications – 31st January 2021
  • Semester 2, 2020/21 applications – 31st August 2021
Please note:

For Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund applications all funds must be spent/committed before 31st May 2021.

What does the funding cover?

Meeting costs, materials, equipment, software, travel, conference fees, printing, visiting speakers/facilitators fee, etc. Other reasonable requests may also be considered (please note: funding cannot normally be used to buy out lecturing time of staff, except in the case of applications for the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund).

What do we expect from you?

Should a project receive approval for funding, we expect the following from the project team:

  • A record of the project spend and assurance it is in line with CIT Finance Office policy.
  • Provision of a short activity report following completion the project funded, a template of which can be found here, to include photographs, testimonials, copies of promotional materials etc.
  • A commitment to disseminate ideas, good practice/outcomes and capture feedback/impact of the project, e.g. via departmental/school/faculty/institution websites, poster/paper submissions for conferences, seminars, workshops, publications, award applications, etc.

What can you expect from us?

All applicants can expect to receive useful and relevant feedback on their application. In addition, successful applicants can expect our support to:

  • Develop useful connections to individuals, or groups, where related ideas, practices and experiences can be shared or built.
  • Explore how their work might, if appropriate, be mainstreamed so as to have maximum impact on the CIT community

How will applications be evaluated?

Broadly speaking, applications will be assessed in terms of how well their work is planned, how innovative the application is, what impact the outputs might have on teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement, how sustainable and transferable the outputs may be across the institute. An outline of the assessment criteria that will be used to reviewing applications is available here.

How do I apply?

Only applications submitted via our online application form, available here will be considered - however, a proposal template has been developed for the convenience of project leads to help in the preparation of applications which is available here.

Is there anyone I can talk to informally before applying?

We, the AnSEO and TLU teams, would be more than happy to talk to you informally beforehand, particularly if this is your first time in applying.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss your application prior to submitting, then you can contact:

  • TLU strands: Prof Jim O'Mahony, TLU - jim.omahony@cit.ie and William Carey - william.carey@cit.ie
  • AnSEO strand: Róisín O’Grady - roisin.ogrady@cit.ie

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