Active Learning Grants

Active Learning Grants

Do you have an idea for a teaching strategy to enhance student learning? The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education is pleased to offer instructional development grants of $1,500 for courses taught in the coming academic year. Offered in conjunction with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL), each grant will be awarded for the implementation of a teaching strategy that engages students more actively in learning. Bloomington campus full-time faculty are eligible for these awards. Team-taught courses are eligible to receive one grant for a total of $1,500.

Active Learning Grants will be awarded for course development plans that encourage greater student engagement and offer the opportunity for transformative learning experiences. Examples of active learning methods include, but are not limited to; using a student response system (clickers), using team-based or problem-based learning, introducing group work or small-group exercises, analyzing case studies, and employing peer review in class.

Application Guidelines

Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019, 9:00 am

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a completed application form
  • a current course syllabus (unless you will be designing a new course)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of support from your department chair or dean

Email the complete set of documents to by the deadline.

Strong active learning project proposals will:

  • Address an identified instructional need or opportunity via creative active learning strategies.
  • Explain how students will be more engaged in disciplinary content.
  • Assess the impact of the project on undergraduate student learning. 
  • Incorporate reflection on the effectiveness of the innovation after implementation.
  • Involve a plan for sharing results of the project in the department or school.
  • Include a letter from the department chair or dean that endorses the project and certifies that the applicant will teach the course twice in the following three academic years.

As a part of the process of developing course innovations, grant recipients will be expected to:

  • Devote two weeks or more of full-time effort to their projects in the summer for a course to be taught twice in the next three years.
  • Participate in one or two group planning/working sessions in late spring.
  • Deliver a short written report for web publication and an oral presentation—for interested faculty and staff—outlining the implementation and evaluation of the project within a calendar year of the fellowship period.
  • Participate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community Poster Session, or other presentation.

Please note: funds will be distributed into a research account.