Funding and Awards for Teaching and Learning
The Teaching and Learning Centre and SFU’s teaching and learning community regularly sponsor and promote opportunities for awards and scholarship in teaching and learning through grants and conferences.
Teaching and Learning Development Grants
The Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG) program recognizes teaching as a scholarly activity that is informed by research. TLDG projects are faculty-led and designed based on questions faculty have about teaching and learning. TLDG research designs may focus on learning at the course, program or curriculum levels and may employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods. TLDG grants are typically for $6,000, although two-phase grant projects with additional funding are also possible.
Facilitation of the TLDG program is a central activity of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD).
Open Education Resources (OER) Grants
The Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants provide funding and staff support to SFU faculty members who wish to integrate open educational resources into their courses.
The grants were established with funding from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and Provost and are administered jointly by the SFU Library and the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC). Faculty members may receive up to $5,000 to help them redesign a course to use OER as their primary course material, and to help them adopt and/or adapt open textbooks and other OER for that purpose.
In addition to the funding provided by these grants, staff from the SFU Library and the TLC are available to assist recipients in locating, evaluating and adapting high-quality open resources as an alternative to commercial course materials.
Visit the OER Grants website.
Faculty Inquiry Grants: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curricula
The Faculty Inquiry Grants: Decolonizing and Indigenizing (DI) Curricula program supports the university-wide initiative of decolonizing and Indigenizing teaching and learning, while challenging the traditional structure of grant programming. The TLC supports DI grant recipients in areas that include, but are not limited to, decolonizing teaching practices; integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into existing curriculum; and developing inclusive and integrative classroom techniques. DI grants are valued at $6,000, and in-kind support can be arranged according to the specific needs of each project.
Faculty Inquiry Grants: Student Learning Experience
The Faculty Inquiry Grants: Student Learning Experience program offers one-time funding of up to $6000 to instructors for discipline-specific projects that inquire into, explore and investigate students’ experiences in the classroom and beyond. This grant program is designed to give instructors an opportunity to develop curricular or co-curricular projects aimed at exploring the student learning experience in their classroom, department and/or Faculty.
Integrated Learning Technology Development Program
The Integrated Learning Technology Development Program (ILTDP) was established in Fall 2014 through the University Priorities Fund to promote enhanced student learning via the Canvas learning management system. The program has completed its life cycle, and no new funding is available.
Visit the ILTDP website.