Deadline for Grant Submissions
September 30, 2022 - 5pm

As we seek to be a university where high-impact innovative learning is at the core of the undergraduate experience, Augusta University directly supports faculty whose efforts reflect this commitment.  As part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Learning by Doing, an Education Innovation Fund (EIF) has been established to support teaching faculty who wish to pursue experiential learning opportunities with their students in an undergraduate course. Experiential learning is broadly defined and includes various methods of active learning pedagogy such as (but not limited to) team based projects, field work, teaching content, research, product development, and service learning. To this end, the Division of Instruction and Innovation invites faculty to submit an EIF Grant proposal that will encourage the development of experiential learning opportunities for AU students.

Funding up to $2000 may support adding an experiential learning component to a class for the first time or extending and further developing experiential learning strategies already in place. This fund is not meant to offset regular departmental or course experiences that should be part of the annual budgeting process or course fee structure. Fall and spring term grants support faculty development or materials that allow for the development or modification of an experiential learning course.  Instructional Design coaches are available for faculty support to carry out course planning and innovation during any grant round by submitting a Project Request to the Center for Instructional Innovation.

NOTE: AU will not support travel that contradicts federal or state restrictions due to COVID-19 or other health concerns, Please check current travel restrictions. 

Eligibility and Allowable Expenses

To be eligible for EIF Grant funding the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • Courses for which the grant is written must be given the attribute of EXL in the course schedule.
  • Courses for which the grant is written must include at least two of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) as shown on the final page of this call for proposals.
  • Applicants must be an Augusta University faculty member assigned to teach the course discussed in the proposal.
  • Applicants may be 9 or 12 month faculty, provided they are scheduled to return to the university the following fall.

Allowable expenses include the purchase of supplies, equipment, software, assessments, payment of fees, reimbursement for transportation, and other costs directly associated with creating, designing, and implementing the learning experience. Some examples of how EIF Grants have been used in the past are:

  • Binoculars for Ornithology course
  • Microphones for podcast in Humanities course
  • Motors and kits for STEM boards for Physics course
  • Facebook posts for Marketing course
  • Lego sets for Occupational Therapy course

Instructions to Apply:

Submit a Grant Proposal including the proposal, budget and statement of support combined into a single PDF file to INSTRUCTION_AND_INNOVATION@augusta.edu with the subject line: EIF Grant Proposal.

Grant Review

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Degree to which Student Learning Outcomes are incorporated in learning methods, and are measurable
  • Creativity and innovation of learning strategies
  • Degree to which learning strategies are rooted in a sustainable approach
  • Intentionality and justification of budget
  • Clarity and organization of proposal

Final Report

Grantees will submit a final online report that speaks to the goals, successes, and challenges of the project. Reminders and a link for the EIF Final Report form will be sent two weeks in advance.

Contact Us

Ms. Aisling Reigle

Summerville Campus

University Hall

1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912

UH-235

706-737-1878

AREIGLE@augusta.edu

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Learning By Doing

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome

Primary Skill Area

Sample skills that may be measured

SLO 1. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively. Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Visual Communication
SLO 2. Students will demonstrate problem solving skills. Problem Solving
  • Decision making
  • Situation analysis
  • Solution generation and vetting
  • Outcome reflection
  • Cognitive Flexibility
SLO 3. Students will apply leadership theory to their own leadership experiences and observations.  Leadership
  • Application of leadership theory and models to self/others
  • Self-reflection of own leadership
  • Reflection of leadership in others
  • Leading activities or groups
SLO 4. Students will exhibit behaviors that distinguish competent professionals Professionalism
  • Planning
  • Punctuality
  • Organization
  • Preparedness
  • Appearance and Presentation
SLO 5. Students will work effectively in teams.  Teamwork
  • Delegation
  • Compromise
  • Consensus building
  • Listening
  • Collaboration