Curriculum Grants Program

The Curriculum Grant Program (CGP) provides support for the incorporation of undergraduate research and inquiry (URI) projects and assignments into courses.  Faculty are encouraged to take a holistic, programmatic approach to implementing research and inquiry into their curricula.  The CGP supports revisions to both upper and lower division courses.  The Distinction through Discovery (DTD) Steering Committee articulated a working definition of “research” (adapted from the Council of Undergraduate Research, CUR):  An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or practice. Research and Inquiry learning activities can be incorporated into the curriculum through a series of targeted DTD Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

Curriculum Grants Program - Awardee Expectations

Grant recipients receiving funding through this program will agree to the following:

  1. CGP Professional Development
    • Participate in one group meeting at the beginning of Spring term to discuss the CGP guidelines
    • Meet with OURI staff on at least two occasions during the spring semester to revise your course plan worksheet. See timeline below.
    • Participate in the annual Summer Retreat each year prior to course implementation.
  2. Assignment Offerings and Assessments (two cycles)
    • Implement and score RI enriched course assignment(s) for at least 2 semesters during the funding period.
    • Meet with the OURI staff briefly during the semester of implementation to be trained on LiveText and scoring of student learning in the system.
    • Enter student-learning data from RI enriched course assignment(s) in LiveText for each semester the course is taught.
  3. Annual Report
    • Complete a short (2-3 page) annual report (due each summer) for at least two consecutive years, including the initial year of funding. The annual report asks faculty to:
      • Describe assessment activities for measuring the SLOs
      • Examine results from SLO reports Summarize the goals of the original proposal and progress made in reaching them
      • Explain course improvement efforts in response to the results
  4. In all future presentations and/or publications, that result from this work, should reference the Curriculum Grants Program, evaluation rubrics, QEP document, and previous publications.

Note: No additional funds can be released to an academic unit until the milestones i.e. professional development, assignments and assessment and annual reporting requirements are fulfilled.

The intention of the CGP is to encourage faculty to permanently incorporate research and inquiry components into the curricula as informed by assessment results.

Timeline for Curriculum Grants Program 

Proposal Deadline:  last Monday of October annually
Full proposals selection: late July 

Please see the CGP application guidelines for additional information on workshops, timeline of expectations and annual deadlines.

Distinction through Discovery Research Definition and Student Learning Outcomes 

Research Definition:   The DTD Steering Committee articulated a working definition of “research” (adapted from the Council of Undergraduate Research, CUR):  An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or practice. 

Student Learning Outcomes:  Research and inquiry learning activities can be incorporated into the curriculum through a series of targeted Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).  These include:  

SLO 1: Knowledge.  Students will demonstrate content knowledge, core principles, and skills.
SLO 2: Formulate Questions.  Students will formulate research questions, scholarly or creative problems with integration of fundamental principles and knowledge in a manner appropriate to the discipline (this learning outcome is a requirement of ALL research and inquiry curriculum grants).
SLO 3: Plan of Action.   Students will develop and implement a plan of action to address research and inquiry questions or scholarly problems.
SLO 4: Critical Thinking.   Students will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate information, their own work, and the work of others.
SLO 5: Ethical Conduct.   Students will identify significant ethical issues in research and inquiry and/or address them in practice.
SLO 6: Communication.   Students will convey all aspects of their research and inquiry (processes and/or products) in appropriate formats, venues, and delivery modes.   
 
For further SLO information and a comprehensive definition of research and inquiry please click here

Funding Levels

Below you will find the two levels of funding. 

Level

Description

Funding

Milestones

Assignment

 

 

  • For faculty who wish to develop or redesign a portion of their course (including the assessment) to incorporate a research and inquiry learning activity.  This is an excellent opportunity for faculty who wish to start small and build up to course level changes at a later time.
  • Assignment-level proposals must outline at least one assignment/touchpoint to be assessed by the faculty at the Exposure or Skill-Building level, which includes a minimum of 3 student learning outcomes

Up to $1,500

1. Completion of CGP professional development resulting in an approved course plan worksheet $500

2. First assignment offering and assessment $500 (Year 1)

3. Second assignment offering and assessment $500 (Year 2)

Course

  • For faculty who wish to develop or revise the entire course to incorporate multiple research and inquiry assignments throughout. This is ideal for faculty who wish to create a course that bridges student skills and knowledge between courses in a program or those who want to challenge students to more research intensive activities at the end of their programs. 
  • Course-level proposals must outline at least 3 assignments/touchpoints to be assessed by the faculty at the Skill-Building  or Intensive level, which includes between 4-6 student learning outcomes.

Up to $5,000

1. Completion of CGP professional development resulting in an approved course plan worksheet  $1,000

2. First course offering and assessment $2,000 (Year 1)

3. Second course offering and assessment $2,000 (Year 2)

Budget Considerations   

Lead authors should request funding for up to two years.  Total funding should not exceed the funding limits related to funding levels.  Budget should align with curricular initiatives and should coincide with project and assignment implementation proposed in the application.  Proposals primarily seeking to add assessment methods and tools to courses without revising extant teaching strategies and learning experiences will not be funded.

Allowable Expenses: (Can be recurring for 2 years)

  • Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Assistants. (e.g., assist/mentor undergraduates on course-based projects)
  • Grant-specific materials and supplies, equipment etc. to support research and inquiry assignments and projects.
  • Marketing materials for your program, if appropriate
  • Assessment of DTD SLOs (e.g., surveys, instruments)
  • Faculty stipends/ course release support for:
    • Curricular design/redesign
    • Summer funding (if appropriate and justified)
    • Salaries (including fringe rate)

Non-Allowable Expenses:

  • Summer salary, if not aligned with the timeline
  • Additional faculty to lower course enrollment
  • Student or faculty travel to present the results of their scholarly work (funding for student travel is available through Student Government)
  • Food and meals

Note: To be eligible for the grant, all projects must include the student learning outcome # 2 “Formulate Question.”

Funding will be allocated based on limits presented above.  Budget exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.  Please email OURI to discuss alternatives prior to submitting the application.  Proposals primarily seeking to add assessment methods and tools to courses without revising extant teaching strategies and learning experiences will not be considered. 

Curriculum Grant Proposal Guidelines and Application 

All CGP applications go through the online application system, FluidReview (see instructions below). Completed grant applications must be submitted to OURI by 11:59 p.m., last Monday of October annually. Questions about the Curriculum Grant Program can be directed to Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik at 561-297-1019 or dchamely@fau.edu.   

Application Requirements:  

Curriculum Grant Full Proposal Guidelines and Application.  Proposals must be single spaced, with a font size no smaller than 11-point; minimum 1-inch margins; tables and figure legends can be in 10-point font size.

1.  Online Cover Page.  If any aspect of your proposal requires review for research compliance per university policies.

2.   Proposal Narrative:   Maximum 1000 words.  Include the following sections with section headers:

    • Purpose:  Please describe why you want to bring URI into this course?
    • Research and Inquiry Learning Activities:  Describe how you will implement URI into the course and curriculum to promote the DTD student learning outcomes.  Unless this is a new course, indicate how these activities differ from those in past course offerings, and why you chose to make these changes.  Please use the DTD Student Learning Outcomes. To be eligible for the grant, all projects must include the student learning outcome #2 “Formulate Question” and at least two other DTD student learning outcomes
    • Timeline:  Describe or illustrate the timeline to implement the URI activities, which two semesters you intend to implement and assess the URI enriched course.

3.  Course Plan Worksheet:  Please include the Course Plan Worksheet(s). The Course Plan worksheet allows you to…

    • Describe the URI assignments, student products, and identify which targeted Student Learning Outcomes will be assessed within those assignments.
    • Describe the alignment between the URI assignments and the assessments used to measure what students have learned.  Make sure to demonstrate a clear alignment between the teaching/URI learning activities and the assessments. 

4.  Letter of Support from the Department/Program Chair/Director (to be uploaded into FluidReview or emailed directly to ouri@fau.edu).

Note: If you would like copies of previously funded proposals from your college, please contact your college OURI Liaison.  

Selection and Review Criteria:

Proposal Selection and Award:  

All curriculum grant proposals will be peer reviewed and scored.  Funding decisions are based on the outcomes of the peer review and pending available resources.  

Selection and Review Criteria: The proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Research and Inquiry Learning Activity(ies):  The clarity of the research and inquiry learning activity(ies), and the degree that they promote the targeted  student learning outcomes (SLOs).  Be sure to specify how each assignment incorporates targeted SLOs. 
  2. Learning Activity(ies) and Assessment(s):  The degree that the assessment(s) measure the stated SLOs and are related to the URI learning activity(ies).  Be sure to specify how each SLO will be assessed (see Student Achievement Rubric Handout).
  3. Intensity and Impact:  The degree to which the number and level of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) implemented is appropriate for the assignment/course and scope of impact.  Please see the SLOs.

Note: To be eligible for the grant, all projects must include the student learning outcome # 2 “Formulate Question.”

Additional Resources

The following resources will assist you in completing the course plan worksheet.  

Course Plan Worksheet and Resources

Assessment Resources 

Curriculum Grants Program Previous Awardees and Courses Impacted

To view previous Curriculum Grant Awardees and Courses Implemented click here.

 

 Last Modified 9/20/18