Teaching Development Fund
The TEACHING CENTRE invites all faculty members to apply for financial support of up to $5000 for projects to enhance teaching effectiveness. Projects can be on any aspect of teaching, learning, and evaluation. Examples of past projects are:
- Fair Assessment Practice in Higher Education: A Practical Guide (Faculty of Education)
- Video and Image Package for a Canadian Economics Course (Economics Department)
- Motion Analysis and Representation Techniques in New Media: Development of Teaching Strategies and Support Materials (New Media Department)
- Standardized Patient Program (School of Health Sciences)
- Web-Based Resources Designed to Introduce Students to the Scientific Method and Science Writing (Biological Sciences Department)
- Understanding, Diagnosing, and Improving Team Climate in Student Teams (Dhillon School of Business).
- Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills for Undergraduate Students (Library)
- Student Research on Team-Based Learning (Anthropology)
DEADLINE: October 15
Guidelines for Application
The TEACHING CENTRE will use the following criteria for judging the proposals:
- Is the proposal eligible for funding through the TDF? The project enhances teaching effectiveness (you are strongly encouraged to talk to the Teaching Centre before applying) .
- Budget: Is the budget clear, and are the items identified are eligible for funding through the TDF?
- Feasibility/Clarity: is the project description in alignment with the objectives regarding the enhancement of teaching and learning?
- Evidence the project is innovative and provides a creative approach to the problem it addresses.
- Evidence of the potential for enduring benefits to the improvement of an individual’s teaching.
- Evidence of the potential for enduring benefits to the improvement of teaching and learning for the broader university teaching community. The proposal contains a clear measure of performance to determine if the project has achieved its objectives.
- The proposal contains clear measures of performance to determine if the project has achieved its objectives.
The TEACHING CENTRE will not consider applications that do not meet these criteria.
The recipient of a Teaching Development Fund allocation has a mandatory requirement to submit an article component for inclusion in Firefly: News from the Teaching Centre, or to deliver a workshop in conjunction with the Teaching Centre within six (6) months of the completion of their Teaching Development Fund project.
Applicants who qualify for this award will be tenured, have a tenure-track position, a 3-year term or a continuing appointment.
It is expected that a recipient will be employed by the university for an extended period to ensure the completion of the project, to guarantee a presentation of findings and the submission of a final report.
To complete an application, use the application template that is linked below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the application process, please call Jill Payant of the TEACHING CENTRE at email@example.com or phone 403.380.1856.
Applications must be received in the office of the Teaching Centre(firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 15th, no later than 4:30 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. The competition results will be announced by December.
- This is a competitive process with limited funds, and not all applications will receive funding, even if they meet the criteria above.
- The Teaching Centre is available to assist you with the application submission process up to 3 working days prior to the submission deadline.
- Applications must be submitted using the application template provided. Applications that do not meet the criteria specified in the application template will not be considered. Only complete applications will be considered for funding. Late applications will not be accepted
If you have questions, please call 403.380.1856 or email email@example.com
We have archived past Teaching Development Fund Winners here. Learn more about their teaching development projects, read reports on completed projects and get some ideas for your next application.
Rolf Boon: Music in Film: a DVD Anthology
“The purpose of this research was to digitally capture selected film cues and excerpts that demonstrate the use of a large variety of music in film including baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, experimental, jazz, popular, ethnic and other demonstrative music. “…The Anthology contains over 200 excerpts from award-winning and world recognized film producers and composers employing electronic orchestral, choral, computer and digital audio mediums…[and] offers a diverse and expansive array of music treatment in a variety of film genres…”
Inge Genee & Nicole Rosen: Integration of transcription and speech analysis technology in language and linguistics teaching
Objectives from application: 1) The integration of phonetic transcription into content, delivery and assessment components of courses involving analysis of speech samples and oral language with the objective to simplify IPA-based transcription work. 2) Integration of acoustic analysis into content, delivery and assessment components of courses involving analysis of speech samples and oral language, with the objective to improve students pronunciation skills.
Bonnie Lee: A Personal Reflective Assignment to Promote Health Behaviour Changes Among a Group of University Students
From Abstract: “…shows potential as both a learning process supporting future professional practice and as a tool for promoting health among the undergraduate students.”
Bruce MacKay: Teaching for a Liberal Education: Examining How Graduates Value a Liberal Education.
Nicole Rosen: Creation and Integration of Online Computerized Grammar Exercises into French Language Courses
“The goal of this project was to create a database of online French exercises which could be assigned to students in all French language courses at the University of Lethbridge.” “…We have created a database in Moodle…with: six grammatical topics, a question bank of 2105 questions [which] included 212 questions dedicated to the French Placement test.”
Diana Young: Does Forming Learning Objectives Help Co-op Students Learn?
Sharleen Hoar: Mental Training Tools Library for Stude3nt Training in Sport Psychology Service-Delivery
“The objective is to enhance student training in Applied Sport Psychology (KNES 4850A)…through the creation of a mental tool resource library…which will consist of approximately 70 products that include: electronic forms, electronic logs and tracking systems, electronic surveys and audio and video podcasts.”
Pamela Winsor: Reading Assessment Video Models:
“The primary purpose of [this] project is to develop some illustrative video/DVD footage concerning reading assessment of young students.”
Bruce MacKay: Teaching the Skills of a Liberal Education: Compiling and Evaluating Resources.
“[This] project will compile, evaluate and disseminate specific teaching resources for developing…24 skills for employability success which were identified in the 2008 project…[and together] will gather teaching resources for the development of these skills.”
Glenda Bonifacio: Evaluating Class-Based Outreach Activities in Women’s Studies, 2001 – 10
From the application Abstract: “[This] project aims to evaluate two class-based outreach activities in Women’s Studies [and] seeks to accomplish the following:
- assess the learning outcomes of students involved in class-based outreach activity;
- identify the learning processes involved in the organization and implementation of a class-based outreach activity;
- determine the effectiveness of a class-based outreach activity as a feminist teaching practice, and
- analyze the feminist pedagogical implications of collective experiential learning based on participation in a class-based outreach activity.
Shelly Wismath: Teaching and Learning Problem-Solving Skills
From the Objectives: “…What are problem-solving skills? How are they learned? How can they be taught? “How can they be measured? In this project, we will study the teaching and learning of problem-solving skills as they occur in a specific Liberal Education course offering.”
Leah Fowler: Canadian Literature Web Resource for Schools
“…The project will research, explore, design, develop, implement, and evaluate a dedicated e-space for Canadian literature resources. These resources will focus on effective practices and resources for Canadian Young Adult (YA) literature, great Canadian writers and the best Canadian novels for engaging students and meeting learning outcomes in secondary schools.”
Brad Hagen: Assessing Teaching Effectiveness in Statistics
Fear and Loathing: Teaching Statistics “…A qualitative evaluation research study on the effectiveness of teaching methods used to teach statistics to undergraduate nursing students.”
Michelle Hogue: Aboriginal Science: A Theatrical Approach
This project is intended to explore teaching in a different way by bridging Indigenous and Western science in a theatrical, visual approach using dance, story, video, and music, as teaching tools. The inter-relationships of the elements of the periodic table from an Indigenous perspective will be the foundation for the performance script.”
- Hogue, M. & Day Chief, V. (2014). Aboriginal Science Through Theatre.
Abigail McMeekin: Japanese Online Resources Through Moodle.
“The goal of this project was to enhance student learning in a Japanese 1100 class by creating and incorporating online exercises and assessments in Moodle.”
Luz Ospina: Spanish Lab Learning Resources Through Moodle
The main goal of this project is “to create online resources in Moodle for the Spanish language lab to increase students’ pragmatic competence.”
Monique Sedgwick; An Evaluation of BNAD Students’ Learning Needs
“In this project, we will examine Bachelor of Nursing After-Degree (BNAD) students’ unique learning needs associated with clinical competence.”
Leanne Elias: Pocket Design: A Mobile App for Design Exercises
“The results of this project are that we have built a mobile app shell (that will be available for others to use) that would be more appropriate for text-based content, and a responsive site (using hosted video elsewhere) that suits our purposes more.”
Adam Mason: Polynesian drumming Applications and Performances
“Students learned traditional Polynesian music on authentic instruments in the newly formed U of L Global Drums Polynesian Ensemble.”
Abigail McMeekin: Japanese Reading Activity Database
“The goal of this project was to create a database of reading activities based on authentic materials using online sources such as newspapers, magazines, e-books, e-manga, blogs and other internet resources…[and] was thus meant to provide students with more opportunities for reading practice to improve reading proficiency.”
Jan Newberry: First Year Experience in LBED 2850, Mapping Community, Career, Campus
“We propose to design and implement a First Year Experience course…aimed at improving retention rates at the University of Lethbridge.”
Adriana Predoi-Cross: Attracting Young Girls to Science
“The proposed activities are designed to ensure that girls and young women are adequately prepared when choosing science as a topic of study and that their interest in science and engineering is nurtured and encouraged.”
Shelly Wismath: Students Perceptions of Problem-Solving
“The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a university course on problem-solving (Liberal Education 2850: Problems and Puzzles) from the students’ perspective…[with] the focus of this study on the role of meta-cognition in problem-solving [having] raised additional and more clearly-focused research questions in this area [and] which may be addressed by further research of this nature in the context of future iterations of this course.”
Glenda Bonifacio: Gender Vista Workbook: Assessing Effective Use for Local-Global Connections
“The overarching aim of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the WGST 1000 Workbook, Gender Vista in its first year of use…as complementary material to the standard course text…”
Anne Dymond: Gaming Art History: Aiding student memory knowledge retention through discipline-based computer gaming
“This project seeks to…develop and study the effectiveness of a computer game that will supplement AHMS 2225: Western Art from Prehistory to the French Revolution.”
Dan O’Donnell: The unessay: A constructivist approach to developing student writing (formalization and dissemination)
“The unessay is based on the premise that students do not understand formal essays the way their teachers do…and instead see them…primarily to test their ability to meet arbitrary rules.” “The unessay addresses this problem by asking students to …ignore form and concentrate on developing their own voice and ideas…to produce powerful, intellectually exciting work that remains true to their own interests and voice.”
Javid Sadr: Evaluating Evaluation: Exploring Assessment Dynamics, Diagnostics, and Consistency
This project will study] “the assessments used in [the Psychology] department’s introductory course by using analysis techniques applied to a large set of assessment results.” “The purpose of this investigation is…to gain insight into the structure of and relations within…past assessment procedures/outcomes…and to apply these insights to the development and modification of specific practices in our teaching and assessment.”
Monique Sedgwick: Mobile decision making support and undergraduate nursing students’ clinical decision making at the point of care
“This study will examine the influence [and effect] of mobile technologies on undergraduate nursing students decision making at the point of care…by investigating [their] thinking processes and clinical reasoning for problem-solving.”
Shelly Wismath: Facilitating Problem Solving Skills
“…A follow up from a previous study [this] study focused on how students perceived their problem-solving skills and whether their perceptions, particularly their confidence, changed over the semester.” “We were also interested in any gender differences in confidence and perceived ability in small-group and collaborative interaction in class, and in stages which occurred in learning to solve problems.”
Glenda Bonifacio – Gender Vista Workbook: Assessing Effective Use for Local-Global Connections
“The overarching aim of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the WGST 1000 Workbook, Gender Vista in its first year of use.”
Anne Dymond – Gaming Art History: Aiding student memory knowledge retention through discipline-based computer gaming
“…to develop and study the effectiveness of a computer game that will supplement AHMS 2225: Western Art from Prehistory to the French Revolution.”
The Dan O’Donnell – unessay: A constructivist approach to developing student writing (formalization and dissemination)
“The goal of this project is to formalize and further develop work…on an innovative approach to teaching and undergraduate writing: the Unessay.”
Javid Sadr – Evaluating Evaluation: Exploring Assessment Dynamics, Diagnostics and Consistency
“The purpose of this investigation is first, to gain insight into the structure of and relations within our past assessment procedures/outcomes and second, to apply these insights to the development and modification of specific practices in our teaching and assessment.”
Monique Sedgwick – Mobile decision making support and undergraduate nursing students’ clinical decision making at the point of care
“…we want to explore the effectiveness of using mobile technologies and their associated programs/application on learning while in the practice setting.”
Shelly Wismath – Facilitating Problem Solving Skills
“…ongoing research project on the teaching and learning of problem-solving skills with a liberal education context.”
Shamsul Alam – Development of real-world financial trading practice cases
“…is an in-house application used to create live trading practices that utilize real-world historical market data combined with assigned funds.”
Howard Cheng – Towards Automated Grading for Programming Courses
“[provides] timely feedback to students [and] can also improve student performances…as well [as] understanding the concepts.”
Amy von Heyking – Hands on History of Education: Using Inquiry-based Teaching to Foster Historical Thinking
“…involves the creation of hard copy and digital ‘kits’ of primary source materials students will use in historical investigations in ED 4361.”
Lisa Doolittle – Inclusive education: strategies from the arts for improving inclusion of people with disabilities in post-secondary education.”
“This research looks at a mixed ability university course followed by a large-scale theatrical production that advocates inclusion in the university and promotion of equity for the developmentally disabled in society.”
Doolittle, L., Dr., Chase, C., Carlton, J., & Makoloski, C. (2015, September). Arts in Action: Liberal education gets creative and inclusive. A Light on Teaching, (2015-16), 21-25. Retrieved January 26, 2018, from https://issuu.com/reamsbottom/docs/lightonteaching_2015-16-sept9-web
Nicole Eva – Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills for U of L Undergraduate Students
“…main objective is to measure students’ IL skills before and after library instruction sessions using a reliable and valid standardized testing instrument.”
Eva, N., Cowan, S., & Graham, R. (2017, September). How Information Literate are They? A SAILS study of (mostly) First Year Students. A Light on Teaching, (2016-17), 17-20. Retrieved January 26, 2018, from http://www.uleth.ca/sites/default/files/2017/09/lot-2016-17.pdf
Bernadine Wojtowicz – Supporting Students in Academic Integrity and Professionalism
“…create a systematic approach to helping students learn and practice the principles of academic integrity through an engaging and interactive platform.”
Robin Bright – Video to Support P.S.I Integration: Using a Virtual Classroom
“…to meet the goal of providing our students with a real-life context for teaching and learning, we would like…to video students and a teacher in classrooms and use those videos in teaching in P.S.1.”
Nicole Eva – Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills for LIS Undergraduate Students
“…main objective is to measure students’ IL skills before and after library instruction sessions using a reliable and valid standardized testing instrument.”
Kara Granzow – Unsettling Settler Colonialism: Resources for the Classroom
“This TDF will enable us to productively deepen our teaching skills and develop learning resources in ways that are accountable to reconciliation and Indigenous decolonization.”
Abigail McMeekin – Flipped Japanese Classroom
“…incorporate an inverted classroom model into the Japanese 1000 level language classroom by creating level and culturally appropriate, engaging online videos along with interactive exercises to complement in-class, interactive face-to-face verbal practice and collaboration.”
Jan Newberry – Retention Squared: Student Research on Team-Based Learning
“This project is designed to facilitate research on the effectiveness of Team-Based Learning (TBL) in a large introductory, lecture class.”
Mary Runte – Dis/abled: The barriers and opportunities of teaching with a disability
“This project aims to examine the barriers as well as the positive implications of disability for teaching at the post-secondary level from the perspective of the instructor.”
Devan McNeill – Visual Loss Simulation: a demonstration for deeper understanding
“…to obtain specialized equipment that focuses on vision loss to assist students in the Faculty of Health Sciences to better understand this common disabling condition.”
Adriana Predoi-Cross – Learning physics using multimedia resources
“This…project [is] intended to address an upcoming shortage of University of Lethbridge multimedia teaching and learning physics resources…”
Nicole Wilson – Effective WeBWork Programming and Template Package
“…using software to provide appropriate and reliable questions with randomized components and immediate automated nuanced feedback.”