Curriculum Innovation Funding
The call for 2022-2023 Curriculum Innovation Grant Proposals is now open.
The purpose of this internal funding opportunity is to support faculty in advancing teaching and learning practices at Missouri State University.
Curriculum Innovation awards provide funding of up to $4,000 per grant. An itemized budget of expenses is part of the application process. Proposals smaller than $4,000 are encouraged to apply.
Proposals are due October 31, 2022. Application packets should be sent to email@example.com by midnight October 31, 2022 to be considered for funding. Faculty will be notified in November if their proposal has been awarded.
The FCTL Advisory Council is soliciting proposals in the following categories:
Integrating Digital Tools and Strategies into Face-to-Face Classrooms
Over the past two years, faculty and students learned how instructional technology and remote teaching strategies have the potential to create a richer learning experience. These include new ways to facilitate discussion, poll students, facilitate group work, and learn by doing. These digital tools also provide for increased student access and a more flexible learning environment. With the return to face-to-face instruction, the FCTL would like to fund proposals that focus on integrating online teaching practices and digital tools that promote student engagement into the traditional classroom. Recipients will be expected to meet with the FCTL during the planning stage of their project to identify areas of support and submit a report to the FCTL Advisory Council on the final outcomes of funded activities and the curriculum innovation design of their project. Recipients are also encouraged to share the results and any benefits of the curriculum change or practice researched through this funding at the annual Showcase on Teaching and Learning.
Resource to explore:
- Long-Range Plan: Evolving Academic Directions for Future Careers – Traditional and high-tech modalities to coexist
- Improved Student Engagement in Higher Education’s Next Normal. Educause Review https://er.educause.edu/articles/2021/3/improved-student-engagement-in-higher-educations-next-normal
Fostering Academic Motivation and Self-Regulated Learning
The COVID pandemic corresponded with marked declines in student engagement and motivation, creating a need for faculty to incorporate strategies for fostering self-regulation and self-directed learning and empowering students to take ownership of their academic goals and outcomes. The FCTL is soliciting proposals that focus on practices that promote academic success by increasing academic motivation and self-regulated learning. Such practices may include writing course goals, knowledge surveys, connecting to prior learning, reflective writing, student-developed exam questions, or other practices that put students in charge of their learning. Recipients will be expected to meet with the FCTL during the planning stage of their project to identify areas of support and submit a report to the FCTL Advisory Council on the final outcomes of funded activities and the curriculum innovation design of their project. Recipients are also encouraged to share the results and any benefits of the curriculum change or practice researched through this funding at the annual Showcase on Teaching and Learning.
Resources to explore:
- Ambrose et al. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. Wiley.
- McGuire, S. Y. (2015). Teach students how to learn: Strategies you can incorporate into any course to improve student metacognition, study skills, and motivation. Stylus Publishing.
- Nilson, L. B. (2013). Creating self-regulated learners: Strategies to strengthen students’ self-awareness and learning skills. Stylus Publishing.
- Sinring et al. (2022). Examining the effects of self-regulation and psychological capital on the students’ academic coping strategies during the Covid-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Instruction, 15(2), 487-500.
- Zimmerman B. J. (1990). Self-regulated learning and academic achievement: An overview. Educational Psychologist, 25(1), 3-17.
Allowable Curriculum Innovations Expenses
|Type of Expense||Specifications|
|Instructional Materials||Direct costs associated with the purchase or production of curriculum modules, supplemental instruction, workbooks, or other instructional materials. Compensation of development time for faculty and/or graduate assistance is not allowed.|
|Equipment and/or Software||
Equipment and software needed to support the instructional change are allowed.
|Professional Development||Professional development including workshops, online courses or training, external trainers, conference registration fees, and associated travel expenses are allowable. The exception would be specific workshops and training that is already provided through LinkedIn or other university venues.|
|Supplies/Other||Direct costs associated with supplies or other items needed to support the instructional change are allowed. Incentives for students to participate in a faculty members research project will be considered; however, stipends, hourly rates, or covering student tuition is not allowable.|
Not Allowable Expenses
|Type of Expense||Specifications|
|Faculty salaries or other compensation||Not covered by these funds.|
Computer upgrades, classroom upgrades, or other software/platforms that are already being provided or are within the scope of the college or university will not be covered by these funds.
Any faculty member is eligible to apply. Faculty may apply individually or as a team of faculty. Per course instructors and adjuncts can submit a proposal as long as they collaborate with at least one full-time faculty member. Faculty members will not be funded for more than one project per funding cycle.
Application Process and Deadlines
Interested faculty should download and complete the 2022-2023 Curriculum Innovation Proposal template and the CI Budget page.
Note: The cover page of the application must include signatures of the Department Head and College Dean.
Curriculum Innovation proposals should be submitted electronically to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please include in the subject line of the email: CI Proposal ”your last name” and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposal submissions are due October 31, 2022.
Sharing Results and Outcomes
Successful recipients are expected to submit a final report to the FCTL Advisory Council on the outcomes of their funded activities and the curriculum innovation design of their project. They will also be asked to share the results of their project with the academic community at Missouri State through an interactive poster session or a faculty presentation at Showcase on Teaching and Learning. This event is held annually in August, the week prior to the start of fall semester. Curriculum Innovation recipients are expected to submit their report and present at Showcase within three years of receiving the award.
Application Review Process and Evaluation Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council. Faculty will be notified in November if their proposal has been awarded.
The attached Evaluation Rubric details the criteria that will be used to award Curriculum Innovation projects.