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We are pleased to announce the availability of Scholarly Inquiry Grants (SIG) to KPU instructors. The grants are intended to enhance students' learning experiences by encouraging faculty-led investigation of new or innovative teaching and learning practices.

Scholarly Inquiry Grants (SIGs) are meant to:

  • Enable KPU faculty members to investigate questions about teaching and learning of interest to them.
  • Provide support for experimenting with and investigating the effectiveness of new or innovative approaches to teaching and student learning.
  • Support the systematic investigation of how the design of teaching supports learning.
  • Prompt faculty to explore the teaching and literature, particularly in their disciplines.
  • Enhance conversations about teaching and learning across KPU.

Recipients will draw on their discipline-based expertise to develop a research or inquiry project anchored by a meaningful question about student learning and the activities intended to facilitate that learning. The SIG project, which can be individual or collaborative, is designed to answer that question by making relevant student learning visible and then systematically analyzing this evidence. These projects aim to improve student learning by strengthening the practice of teaching. Projects occur over 1 to 2 semesters and are expected to be completed within a year. To benefit the practice and understanding of others, SIG grant recipients will share their work with relevant campus audiences and more broadly, if desired.

Eligibility

Regular or limited term full-time instructors are eligible for a Scholarly Inquiry Grant. KPU staff or students are invited to be co-applicants.

Deadlines & Key Events

Application Deadline (noon) Project Start SIG Dialogue
June 1 September (Fall) February
October 1 January (Spring) June
February 15 May (Summer)  October

Note: Ethics applications, should be submitted shortly upon approval to acquire approval before project start.

Application Process

  1. Review available resources and supports (see below), explore the literature, attend a workshop, if desired. Contact tlcommons@kpu.ca with any questions.
  2. Complete the File SIG Proposal Form and email it to tlcommons@kpu.ca by 12 noon of the application deadline.
  3. If your application is funded apply for ethics, if applicable.

Expectations of all SIG Funding Recipients

  1. Submit project proposals to the KPU's Ethics Board for approval, if applicable.
  2. Attend a SIG dialogue to discuss your project with other grant recipients.
  3. Submit a final report upon completion of the project (template will be provided).
  4. Disseminate the findings of the project locally to interested departmental or faculty colleagues (e.g., presentation to colleagues, brown bag discussion session, content on departmental/faculty website, KPU Symposium, KORA, symposium, journal submission, etc.).

Funding

Up to $2,000 may be allocated to each successful proposal.

Eligible Expenses Ineligible Expenses
  • Support for KPU student research assistants
  • Support persons with a particular expertise/skill set
  • Development of data collection instruments
  • Support for data collection and data analysis
  • Teaching materials including software needed to conduct the project
  • Travel for dissemination of findings not to exceed 20% of the total award
  • Reimbursement to faculty members
  • Course release
  • Commercial services
  • Computer hardware
  • Journal subscriptions, professional memberships, etc.
  • Food and meals

Adjudication Criteria

An adjudication panel consisting of KPU faculty and administrators will review the proposals and respond within the month of submission.

Successful SIG proposals will have:

  1. Well-considered, specific inquiry question or questions that focus on the student experience and conditions for enhancing learning
  2. Set of clear goals articulated in terms of desired student learning outcomes
  3. Brief, targeted review of the relevant literature
  4. Plan for gathering data that will shed new light on the inquiry question
  5. Well-articulated plan describing how the project’s impact on student learning will be assessed
  6. Description of the significance of the project in terms of contributions to teaching and student learning
  7. Plan to disseminate the findings to appropriate audiences
  8. A realistic budget with justification for each item.

Resources & Support

  1. See the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Page to get started. 
  2. To help you think through your project, it is strongly recommended to that you review "Questions to consider for SoTL grant proposal" on page 4, and up to p. 8 on UVIC's application guide
  3. It is recommended that you start your proposal well in advance of the proposal deadline. Workshops will be available to help develop your projects. Check the Events section (bottom) on the main Teaching & Learning Commons page, regularly.
  4. Depending on the nature of your project, you may want to consult with other campus partners such as the Library, Student Services and IT.

Credits

Aspects of the SIG program and related information were derived and adapted from through several sources: ISTLD, SFU; Learning & Teaching Centre, UVIC; Taylor Institute, UCalgary; CTLT, UBC.