Teaching Development Grants
Teaching Development Grants are available on a contestable basis to support staff in projects and other activities which will support the enhancement of teaching, learning and assessment at the University.
Latest news: Applications for funding for grants for 2017 are now open.
Purpose of Funding
Funding of around $60,000 is made available annually through the University Learning and Teaching Committee to support staff in projects and other activities which will enhance the teaching, learning and assessment practices at the University. These enhancement activities should be guided by the objectives of the University, College and Department Learning and Teaching Plans and should lead to the creation of better reflective practitioners within the staff.
The Learning and Teaching Committee has agreed that priority will be given in 2017 to projects which support the University's graduate transformation programme to ensure students will be:
- employable, innovative and enterprising
- biculturally competent and confident
- engaged with the community
- globally aware
The focus should be on developing the competencies and capabilities of staff in teaching, learning and assessment. Teaching Development Grants are available on a contestable basis according to criteria outlined below and in the light of the theme for 2017. Applications across multiple programmes and those that clearly address the strategic focus for 2017 will be given priority but other applications will be considered. The fund is available, for example to:
- Redesign and/or implement innovative teaching/assessment techniques in a programme, a particular course or range of courses;
- Enable a major reconfiguration of the portfolio of subject offerings in a programme or subject area;
- Improve the internal coherence of a course;
- Explore and evaluate the use of flexible models of delivery and assessment to support student learning and engagement;
- Redesign assessment for a programme, a particular course or range of courses;
- Contribute to payments to attend at a conference with a learning and teaching focus (limited to $2,000)*;
- Pay fees for short training courses with a learning and teaching focus.
For a brief summary of how constructive alignment in curricula might look, see: Aligning Teaching for constructing learning – John Biggs
* The Committee will not normally fund more than 50% of the total budget of the costs towards attendance at a conference. Responsibility for this extra cost needs to be met by the department concerned.
This fund is not designated for the purchase of capital items, but capital intimately associated with a teaching development grant might be acceptable, at the discretion of the committee. Nor is it available for what might be termed ‘minor' or ‘business as usual' modifications to, or updating of, existing offerings. The fund is awarded by the Learning and Teaching Committee and is administered through the Academic Services Group.
Categories of Award
There are two categories of award:
For use in 2017 only
For use in 2017
Any time, however early applications are encouraged as funding is awarded on a first come first served basis.
Applications for grants can be made any time, from individuals or groups.
For applications for grants up to $10,000, it is expected that the grant will at least be matched by the applicant's department/college or some other source of funding such as an Ako Aotearoa grant.
Decisions on grant funding will normally be made within a month of receipt of the application.
Criteria for awards
Funding is available on a contestable basis to support staff in projects and other activities which will support the enhancement of teaching, learning and assessment at the University. In particular the applicant(s) must articulate how the activities funded by the teaching development grant will:
- Impact on the individual's (or group's) teaching
- Positively affect students' engagement and learning
- Be sustained within the department/school/university beyond the funding period
- Link to the identified UC Learning and Teaching focus for the year the grant is awarded (2017 theme is supporting the new graduate attributes)
- Link to the wider UC Learning and Teaching Plan (Word, 69KB) or College Learning and Teaching Plan (or equivalent)
- Be shared with the wider Department/College/University
- Be actively and tangibly supported by the Department /School/College
As part of the decision making process, relevant Heads of School/PVCs may be asked for further information. Where more than one application is received from a Department/School/College the HoS/HoD/PVC should assist the committee by indicating the relative priority of projects. The University Learning and Teaching Committee will be advised by a sub-committee in the selection process.
Outcomes/Outputs and Dissemination
It is expected that grant recipients will disseminate the project outcomes widely and appropriately both within and outside the University. Dissemination within the University covers a wide range of activities, for example:
- Giving a departmental seminar on the learning from the project activities and outcomes
- Contributing to a "Show and Tell" event relevant to the project completed
- Providing consultancy to other staff trying to do a similar activity
- Publishing journal articles
Grant recipients will be expected to present the outcome of their project at a showcase in the University's annual Teaching Week. Teaching Week 2018 is due to be held in June 2018. Each recipient must be prepared to share their experiences for the benefit of future applicants to the fund.
Each recipient will also submit a short report to the University Learning and Teaching Committee recording the project and highlighting in particular the transferable learning gained from the project or activity; see examples below. In the application form each applicant provides a short synopsis of the proposed project which will be reproduced on the teaching development grant website (see below).
Electronic or hard copy applications with supporting documentation should be submitted to Eleri Nugent at Academic Services, by the specified date. Applications without relevant signatures will not be considered.
Application Form for grants under $5,000 (Word, 113KB)
Application Form for grants over $5,000 (Word, 65KB)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
This section aims to answer some FAQs about the application process for TDGs.
Who can apply?
- Applications are welcomed from any staff who engage in activities to enhance teaching and student learning;
- Applications may come from individuals, groups (within or across departments/schools/colleges) or from departments, schools, colleges or support units;
- Applications from staff on study leave will be considered on a case by case basis.
What kinds of applications have been successful in the past?
- See details of past and current teaching development grant applications and reports below.
- In the past, funding has tended to be given for conference attendance; however there is now a move towards more strategic funding which will benefit larger numbers of staff and students.
Can I contact someone about my application?
Where do I find information about the University or College Teaching and Learning Plans for the application?
The University Learning and Teaching plan (Word, 69KB) is available via the UC Learning and Teaching web pages. Information about College initiatives can be accessed via the relevant College links: http://www.teachlearn.canterbury.ac.nz/tlc.shtml
Are applications which involve using the funds for staff "buy out" time acceptable?
This is not usual, however such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What are common problems with applications?
- Incomplete application, eg missing signatures
- Budget unreasonable for work, does it really cost as much as you are asking for?
- Localized impact
- Lack of letter of support from HoD or equivalent
- Business as usual, (ie part of a regular review of teaching) or being done by colleagues elsewhere in UC
- Insufficient context
- Strong project but poor fit - is this truly developing teaching and student engagement?
Recipients in 2017
Professor Tim Davies, Geological Sciences - Development of hands-on earth surface dynamics learning experiences (Synopsis in Word, 12KB), awarded $5,000
Dr Tara Ross, Journalism - Approaching and working in indigenous societies as a journalist (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), awarded $1,710
Dr Roisin Burke, Law - International Law and Economic Crime: Advanced - Hague Academy of International Law (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), awarded $2,806
Dr Trish Lewis, Teacher Education - Enhancing Community Engagement and Preservice Teacher Self Efficacy within a Second Year Teacher Professional Inquiry Course (Synopsis in Word, KB) awarded $2790.40
Recipients in 2016
Dr Eileen Britt, Psychology - Using standard vignettes to assess practicum competencies in psychology and other disciplines (Synopsis in Word 14KB), awarded $480, final report (Word, 40KB)
Lia de Vocht, School of Teacher Education – Supporting student teachers to learn about and apply Pedagogical Documentation in assessment practice (Synopsis in Word 14KB), awarded $4,000, final report (Word, 18KB)
Clinical Education Team, Communication Disorders - Engaging field supervisors in developing Speech-Language Pathology students reflective practice skills (Synopsis in Word, 14KB), awarded $1,800
Dr Geoff Rodgers, Mechanical Engineering - Development of visual learning aids to increase student understanding of engineering mechanics (Synopsis in Word, 14KB), awarded $1,500 - Final Report (Word, 17KB)
Dr Chris Jones, History - Crossing Cultural Boundaries or the Embodiment of Colonialism? Teaching the Middle Ages in New Zealand (Synopsis in Word, 14KB), awarded $2,133 - Final Report (Word, 22KB)
Dr Tyron Love, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship - Incorporating International Indigenous Business Knowledges in Commerce Degrees: Attending the World Indigenous Business Forum 2016 (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), awarded $2,000 - Final Report (Word, 21KB)
Dr Eileen Britt, Psychology - Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Pre-Forum workshop 'how to train/facilitate an "advancing the practice" workshop using creative and dynamic exercises' and annual forum, Montreal September 2016. (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), awarded $2,000 - Final Report (Word, 38KB)
Jackie Cowan and Glenn Fyall, Sport and Physical Education - Developing the peer mentoring component of the Sport Coaching practicum experience - a tool for collaborative learning and reflective practice (Synopsis in Word, 15KB), awarded $2,000 - Final Report (Word, 20KB)
Professor Richard Light, Sport and Physical Education - Work ready? Sport coaching students' interpretation, application and development of coaching innovation in practice (Synopsis in Word, 12KB), awarded $3,000, Final Report (Word, 16KB)
Chris North, Sport and Physical Education - Re-envisioning Outdoor Education, Health and Physical Education courses for the new Graduate Diploma structure (Synopsis in Word, 12KB) awarded $2,365. Final Report (Word, 23KB)
Sarah Masters, Chemistry – Development of video-based presentations to introduce key laboratory skills to 100L Chemistry students (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), $5,000, Final Report (Word, 17KB)
Gaye Tyler Merrick, Health Sciences – Developing a range of online learning and assessment tools for a postgraduate diploma in education (endorsed in positive behaviour support) (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), $2,500 - Final Report (Word, 35KB)
Malcolm Campbell, Geography - A real-time, location based smartphone application as a source of spatial data to support geospatial science education for health geography at UC (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), $2,500, Final report (Word 22KB)
Susan Krumdieck, Mechanical Engineering - Thermo-Tutor: providing individualised feedback to students practising problems on the 1st law of Thermodynamics (Synopsis in Word, 13KB), awarded $5,000
Recipients in 2015
Ruth Ramsay, Communications Disorders – Clinical specialisation in Speech Therapy early childhood intervention (Synopsis in Word,14KB), awarded $4,777.35 - Final Report (Word, 22KB)
Dr Barbara Garrie, Department of Art History and Theory – Connecting Courses and Collections: Interviews with Contemporary Artists (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2,000 - Final Report (Word, 23KB)
Associate Professor Donald Matheson, School of Language, Social and Political Sciences - Implementing and evaluating a community and work-integrated course on social media (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $3,000 - Final Report (Word, 1.57MB)
Professor Tanja Mitrovic, Computer Science and Software Engineering – Online learning environments supporting graduate attributes (Synopsis in Word, 14KB), awarded $10,000 - Final Report (PDF 259KB)
Arindam Basu, School of Health Sciences - Design Thinking and Serious Play for Student Stakeholder Engagement (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $1,269 - Final Report (Word, 25KB)
Recipients in 2014
Maki Tokumoto, School of Languages and Cultures - Redesigning and implementing innovative online revision/assessment exercise for the new 200-level Japanese language course (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) - Final Report (PDF, 446KB)
Arindam Basu, School of Health Sciences - Design Thinking and Serious Play for Student Stakeholder Engagement (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2,500 - Final Report (PDF, 422KB)
Kevin Watson, School of Social and Political Sciences - Pronouncing New Zealand English: a student transcription resource (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $4,795
Sarah Wright, Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship - attending the second Annual Research in Management Learning and Education Unconference (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2,388 - Final Report (Word, 21KB)
Walter Guttmann, Computer Science and Software Engineering - Developing online learning and assessment tools for formal languages and compilers (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $4,000 - Final Report (PDF, 140KB)
Jenny Clarke, School of Sport and Physical Education - Creating video resources to provide step-by-step instruction to scaffold biomechanics learning (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $4,000 - Final Report (Word, 28KB)
Tara Ross, Media and Communications - Designing and implementing a workplace-based assessment model for Journalism internships (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $1,500 - Final Report (Word, 24KB)
Clinical Education Team, Development of Communications Disorders - Assessing and developing written reflective practice skills in speech-language pathology students (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2,280 - Final Report (Word, 26KB)
Lynn Clark, School of Languages, Social and Political Sciences - Developing resources for students and teachers from the QuakeBox Canterbury earthquake stories (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2,495 - Final Report (Word, 26KB)
Judy Bruce, School of Sport and Physical Education – Service Learning as a Pedagogy of Interruption. Being taught by the “other” in community contexts (Synopsis in Word, 15KB) awarded $1,100 - Final Report (Word, 30KB)
Dr Eileen Britt, Psychology – Support trainer for Motivational Network of trainers (MINT) Training for New Trainers (TNT) Atlanta (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2,500
Dr Carl Petersen, Sport and Physical Education – Using integrated video with real-time physiological data to create innovative sport science and performance analysis teaching resources (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $5,000 - Final Report (PDF, 990KB)
Dr Loretta Dunne, Physics and Astronomy - Science Communicators: building depth and breadth (Synopsis in Word, 14KB), awarded $3,500.
Recipients in 2013
Brigid McNeill, School of Literacies and Arts in Education - Supporting first-year students with literacy needs through an online learning environment (Synopsis in Word, 11KB) awarded $9,000 - Final Report (Word, 25KB)
Bob Miller, Department of Accounting and Information Systems/Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering - Cash is King! Developing an intelligent tutoring system to enhance the delivery of cash flow statements in UC's introductory accounting programme (Synopsis in Word, 12KB) awarded $8,000 - Final Report (PDF, 144KB)
Tracy Clelland, Health Education - Collaborative development with outside agencies in the implementation of new courses (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $4,800 - Final Report ( Word, 22KB)
Christine Wyles, Communication Disorders - Technology Enhanced Learning in Speech Language Pathology (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2,037.63 - Final Report (Word, 31KB)
Michael Albrow, Physics and Astronomy - Communicating Science: Providing real-life learning experiences for science undergraduates (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $3,800 - Final Report (Word, 22 KB)
Sarah Masters, Chemistry - "Communicate a phenomenon" - engaging students in communication between science and art (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $5,000 - Final Report (PDF, 123KB)
Vera Leier, German - The Use Of New Teachnologies For Language Teaching: Social network sites applied to German beginners' classes (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $1,550 - Final Report (PDF, 260KB)
Liz Brown, Education - Bicultural audit and report for the College of Education (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $5,000
Cathryn Shine, School of Fine Arts - presenting at Hawaiian International Conference on Arts and Humanities (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $2821 - Final Report (PDF, 452KB)
Chris North, Sport and Physical Education - Modelling reflective practices: improving teaching and learning (Synopsis in Word, 14KB) awarded $950 - Final Report (PDF, 176KB)
Further guidance or information should be sought from:
- Eleri Nugent, email@example.com (Quality Assurance Advisor, Academic Services)