The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grants provide phased levels of funding for new and ongoing studies about teaching and learning and, as such, help further the Communities of Inquiry, which have become integral to Indiana University’s SOTL Program. Similar to national funding agencies (i.e., NEA, NIH, and NSF), SOTL funding provides ongoing and sustained funding for projects of merit, while also providing funds for new individual and team projects. All funding levels are intended to support faculty-led efforts to better understand and improve teaching and learning through in-depth, contextualized, and evidence-based studies.
With the exception of proposals for projects of an entirely theoretical nature, all research proposals should discuss how outcomes from the work will contribute to the assessment of student learning at Indiana University, whether that be within a course, a curriculum, a program, or institutionally. Applicants are encouraged to include evidenced-based reflective teaching practices in their study. Please refer to Indiana University's Communities of Inquiry to view descriptions of SOTL proposals that have received funding in the past. Without exception, all Communities of Inquiry have received support through IUB's SOTL Program. Research grants are available in amounts of $2,000, $5,000, and $12,000, dependent upon the purpose, scope, and nature of the study, and the criteria met for each phase of the funding levels. Funding periods are for 1–3 years. Teams receiving grants will share the grant amount. All recipients are expected to attend two meetings with other grant recipients and educational consultants (to be scheduled after awards are announced) and to formally disseminate the results of their projects to other IU faculty.
Funding is typically, though not exclusively, used for these types of expenses:
- Data collection and analysis
- Project assistant(s)
- Project or graduate assistant(s)
- Research related travel
- Conference presentations
- Collaborations with other institutions, external specialists, and consultants
Projects may involve acquisition of new knowledge about teaching and learning, or they may involve the scholarly application of existing knowledge based upon past or ongoing SOTL research. Projects may use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. All grants require systematic investigation of effects, interpretation of results, and dissemination to peers both within Indiana University and beyond in an appropriate scholarly publication or presentation.