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Open Learning Research Awards

The Open Learning Research Awards are meant to promote scholarship in effective teaching and learning in the areas of open, online, and/or distance education, as well as promising practices in the use of educational technology. This is done by assisting faculty members, and Open Learning Faculty Members delivering OL graduate level work, in their efforts to:

  • establish ongoing scholarly, creative and/or project-based activities;
  • help faculty members reach their career goals with respect to sabbatical leaves, tenure and promotion;
  • provide seed funding for TRU faculty members and Open Learning Faculty Members;
  • develop external grant applications; and/or
  • support scholarly conferences or workshops at TRU.

Eligibility criteria and deadline

  • Full-time tripartite and bipartite faculty members with on-going or tenure-track appointments.
  • Full-time continuing and term certain faculty members holding appointments of more than one year.
  • Open Learning Faculty Members holding TAP in TRU-OL graduate courses.
  • Submission deadline: Dec. 9, 2016
  • Funding announcements: Jan. 20, 2017
  • Total funding available: $20,000
  • Amount per proposal: $10,000

Guidelines

  • Funds are awarded on the basis of merit.
  • Applications can be for research, creative or professional projects, and/or conferences or workshops that focus on effective teaching and learning in the area of open, online, and/or distance education, or in best practices in the use of educational technologies.
  • Applications can be made to develop an external grant application that will support new research, creative or professional projects; or development of teaching-related materials.
  • If it is anticipated that the objectives of the research, creative or professional project will not be completed before the Award is exhausted, applications should address where future funding sources will be sought to complete the project (e.g., SSHRC, NSERC or Canada Council grants, or provincial or federal funding agencies).
  • Applications should outline how the results of the research, creative or professional project will be shared with colleagues through demonstrations, workshops, presentation, publications, online platforms, Open Access publishing, or other such means.
  • Applications should outline how the results of the research, creative or professional project will be disseminated outside of the TRU community. Possibilities may include submission to a journal or to a book publisher, university press or may lead to a paper or presentation at a conference.
  • All Open Learning Research Award applications will be reviewed by an adjudication committee made up of five members selected by the Associate Vice President, Open Learning and composed of:
    • four tripartite tenured faculty members, at least one of whom has some affiliation with TRU-OL (e.g. also an OLFM, a program coordinator for a TRU-OL program, a member of the Planning Council for Open Learning, has been a subject matter expert for OL within the last three years etc.) and
    • the Director of Innovation who will act as a facilitator and non-voting committee member
  • • The committee will forward its recommendations to the Associate Vice President, Open Learning.

Components of the application

All applications should be submitted through Romeo: (After login in, click Apply New followed by Open Learning Research Award). Attach following documents to your application in Romeo:

  1. Project description: Should begin with a short description of the research or project and the product/outcome. Ensure you have addressed the following: expected funding sources for your future grant application; how the results of the research or project meet the objectives of expanding knowledge of effective teaching and learning in the areas of open, online, and/or distance education, as well as best practices in the use of educational technology; and how the results of the research, creative or professional project will be shared with colleagues; and expected length of the project. (Maximum two pages)
  2. Description of how the proposal meets your professional development/ research goals. (Maximum one page)
  3. Description of how the proposal meets the Open Learning research goals, as defined by the mission statement: to meet the open and distance education needs of British Columbians and learners worldwide. (Maximum one page)
  4. Project budget: Please include budget details in your proposal.
  5. Upload a current curriculum vitae.

For more information, contact Brian Lamb.