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Digital Experimenter and Open Education Resource Grants for CECLs

In support of Toronto Metropolitan University's academic goals to provide access to education and to strengthen our commitment to offering interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities that bring students and faculty/instructors together to address real-world problems, The Chang School will host an annual grant competition in the amount of $10,000 for Continuing Education Contract Lecturers (CECLs). 

The grants will support creation and/or adaptation of Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OERs) resulting from collaboration with students and colleagues across disciplines.  

In this context, “open” refers to learning materials that are created or adapted and published under an open license with the goal of being freely available for adaptation, use and sharing. OERs may include courses, modules, textbooks, supplementary materials (such as handouts and guides), multimedia assets and assessments.

Funding available:

  • One grant for creation of supplementary materials for future course offerings or adaptation of existing OERs 
    ($3,500 maximum). 

    This grant will support one project with a focus on the creation - in direct collaboration with one or more students - of an open educational resource (OER) to support student success in a Chang School course (possible resource formats include digital textbook, media resources, etc.).

  • One Interdisciplinary Digital Experimenter Grant (up to $6,500) undertaken by two or more instructors from different disciplines to collaborate in conducting research and/or creating digital resources or experiences that promote effective interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Objectives of the funding:

The grants will support The Chang School’s CECL engagement goals to:
  • Investigate strategies that enhance the quality of digital learning experiences and spaces with a view to interdisciplinarity, sustainability, and transformation.
  • Support the University's academic goals to provide access to education and to strengthen our commitment to offering interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities that bring students and faculty together to address real-world problems. 
  • Integrate the voice of continuous learners into creation of learning materials and bring agency to their studies.

Eligibility:

CECLs with two years of teaching experience may apply.

Application guidelines and project timelines:

All applications must be submitted through the application form by May 16, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. Funded projects must be successfully completed by November 16, 2023.

All applicants agree that to be considered for the grant, they are required to:

  • Credit The Chang School and Toronto Metropolitan University in any publications, conference proceedings or media appearances resulting from the funded project.
  • License all materials under a Creative Commons CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license and indicate that they were funded by The Chang School’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants.

To guide your overall submission, feel free to use the following two templates as guides:

Selection criteria:

An internal Chang School internal committee will review, evaluate and select grant recipients. Priority will be given to submissions that promote inclusion of Chang School continuous learners in roles associated with the project. 
OERs created or adapted must abide by the following:

  • Contribute to maximizing open access to materials, open and innovative pedagogy, and cost savings to continuous learners.
  • Creativity/originality of approach
  • Plans to directly involve students in project work
  • Openness to collaboration with The Chang School's Learning Experience Design Lab team members
  • Innovative pedagogical approach
  • Plan to evaluate impact 
  • Interdisciplinarity/transferability of project approach/results 

Funding availability and financial reporting:

Grant funds will be made available once the budget has been approved by the review committee. Brief interim and final reports are required at the midpoint and upon project completion and/or close of the granting period, including an outline of fund expenditures. Any unspent funds will be returned to The Chang School.

All funded projects must be concluded by November 16, 2023. 

Please note that no equipment or travel costs will be covered by this grant.

Support for grant recipients

  • Learning Experience Design support from The Chang School's Learning Experience Design Lab.
  • Consultation on strategies for productive collaboration with students and/or colleagues on project deliverables (e.g. project sprints)
  • Project planning support
  • Facilitation of check-ins, discussions, and sharing with fellow grant recipients

Project evaluation:

Grant recipients are required to meet with the selection committee at different stages of the project to discuss how the objectives of the grant are being met. Additionally, the team will meet with the committee to debrief on the experience and share lessons learned at the end of the project.

Helpful resource:

The Learning Portal's OER Toolkit offers helpful information on licensing.

Contact information for questions:

Please contact Teaching Support Services at changteach@ryerson.ca for any questions related to the application process.