Phase 3 of the Oregon State University Strategic Plan inspires us to bring our most effective and creative instructional practices to bear in the service of Goal One: Provide a transformative educational experience for all learners. In particular, it calls for targeted investments that enable faculty and staff to develop methods for directly enhancing student learning and experience:
By moving beyond a one-size-fits-all learning model to offering varied opportunities for different learners, we will better accommodate and serve all students and enhance learning outcomes. We will continue to invest in and recognize the pivotal role faculty and staff play in motivation and learner success. (OSU Strategic Plan 3.0, p. 5)
In the interest of upholding this investment in faculty and staff contributions to learner success, we are pleased to announce the request for proposals for the 2017-2018 Learning Innovation Grants.
The Learning Innovation Grants funding model evolved from the previous Technology Resource Fund (TRF). The purpose of the grants is to propagate successful practices, raise the visibility of great teaching and improve pedagogy through identified learning strategies. Grants will be awarded to actionable projects implemented on the OSU Corvallis campus that deploy technology in ways that align to specific learning outcomes and directly enhance learners’ experiences. Proposers must provide a rationale for how the project improves student learning.
Awards will be offered in two categories.
These awards help faculty at the OSU Corvallis campus bring innovation to the learning experience by providing seed funding for pilot projects or other educational technology efforts.
These are one-time grants, not an ongoing service fund.
Scaled Grants will be awarded to multi-departmental teams at the OSU Corvallis campus who are launching new initiatives or expanding existing ones. Co-contributed resources of staff time and/or funds are expected, and a sustainability plan for maintaining the initiative should be included with the proposal. Deans need to review and actively support the project. Projects should directly contribute to student learning and experience: although research may be conducted on a funded project, the grant funds are not intended to support research itself.
Applications for Scaled Grants will be accepted in Winter 2018.