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Types of Grants
These grants provide seed funds for faculty to investigate an innovative mode or model of teaching and learning in terms of its potential to positively impact student outcomes and the student experience at RIT. These funds are for "proof of concept" investigations into the development, adaptation, or application of a new, different, or untried teaching approach, practice, or procedure.
Special consideration will be given for Exploration Grant applications that:
- Have potential for application in more than one discipline
- Demonstrate a new use/application of a model, system, or technology already in use at RIT
These grants provide funds for faculty to develop, apply, and/or research an innovative mode or model of teaching and learning that directly supports an RIT priority. These funds are for the development, adaptation, application, and/or research into a new or different teaching approach, practice, or procedure in a specific area of focus.
The area of focus for PLIG 2019 is Active Learning Across All Course Modes. Active learning is not activity for the sake of activity, but rather is having students engage in some activity that requires them to assess their own degree of understanding and skill at handling ideas or problems in a particular discipline. It is frequently associated with working in groups, in which knowledge is attained by participating or contributing. While these activities vary, common elements are metacognition—students’ thinking about their own learning—and higher order thinking (2016, Vanderbilt University). This PLIG focus area invites proposals for exploring and applying an active learning model to (re)design and deliver all or part of a course (or set of courses). Strong proposals will incorporate a plan to measure the effectiveness of the active learning component of the (re)designed course(s). Effective models that can be adopted by faculty for online and blended (part online, part face-to-face) course modes are especially welcome.
The links below provide resources and examples around this focus area:
- Active Learning (Vanderbilt University)
- Active Learning Increases Student Performance in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America)
- Reacting to the Past (Barnard College)
- Ablconnect (Harvard University)
- Learning Online is not a Spectator Sport: How to Make it Active (Online Learning Insights)