Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Course Transformation Grants

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers Course Transformation Grants of up to $3000 to faculty to support the implementation of student-centered, evidence-based, and inclusive teaching practices that improve the learning experiences of KU students. Examples include shifting the basic delivery of information to out-of-class time, organizing substantial amounts of in-class time around active or collaborative learning, implementing team-based learning, and creating authentic or realistic learning experiences for students (e.g., problem-solving, discussion, case-study analysis, problem- or project-based learning).

Now accepting proposals for Fall 2022: Priority Deadline Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022

We anticipate notifying applicants of funding decisions by Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, and funds will be available to successful applicants shortly thereafter. Submit your application through this application portal.

Eligibility and Expectations. Faculty (including teaching professors, teaching specialists, and lecturers with ongoing teaching roles in their department) from any department or program on the KU Lawrence or Edwards Campus are eligible. Postdoctoral fellows and students are welcome to be part of faculty-led teams. The budget limit for each course transformation grant is $3,000; grants above $1,500 are typically awarded to projects that focus on more than one course (usually involving teams of faculty)

Course Transformation Grant awardees are expected to share the results of their work, including a summary of student learning and other outcomes, at CTE's annual Celebration of Teaching in May 2023 (for courses taught in Fall 2022). A CTE Graduate Student Fellow will assist you in developing your poster. A brief report on your project (1-2 pages) will be due at the end of the semester you first teach the transformed course (Fall 2022 - Jan. 13; Spring 2023 - June, 10). 

Proposal Development and Guidelines. We are eager to work with you to help you shape your project; we encourage you to schedule a consultation before submitting your proposal by contacting Kaila Colyott, CTE's Teaching Innovation Program Manager. Submissions should be limited to 2 pages (3 if you have prior results from course transformation grants to report), including a timeline and budget. Submit your application through this application portal. Your proposal should include:

  1. Course Information. A brief description of the course(s) you are working on and when the transformed course(s) will be taught.
  2. Project Proposal. A clear statement of the proposed work on your course, addressing the following questions:
  • What do you want to change about your course or your students’ learning?
  • Why do you want to make those modifications? How will your changes promote or sustain student learning? 
  • How will you know if your enhancements are effective? We encourage you to use direct measures of student learning (e.g., analysis of performance on key assessments or assignments) in addition to any indirect measures you may wish to include (e.g., student feedback, attitude surveys).  
  • If your project involves more than one person, what are your roles in the project? 
  1. Prior Funding. A short summary of results from prior course transformation grants: If a member of your team, or the proposed course(s), received a prior course transformation grant, please include a short summary of the project and results, and whether/how the proposed work builds on the prior project(s).
  2. Budget and Justification. An estimated budget (for hourly student support, fringe must be included in the budget), and a short explanation. Scroll down for more information about the use of funds. 

Use of Funds. They can be used for resources or events that will enhance a course or set of courses, such as:

  • Costs associated with initiating engaged learning experiences for your students.
  • Support for a graduate student or undergraduate student to assist with the design of activities or implementation or assessment of course transformation efforts.
  • Books or other publications on teaching innovations
  • Hourly support for an undergraduate peer mentor or teaching assistant.
  • A site visit to another campus to learn about innovative course design elsewhere. Please make a clear connection between the visit and the goals you have for transforming your course.
  • Supplies and software for implementing new learning activities or assignments (note that if the supply/software requires renewal each year, you will need to address how you will sustain the innovations in future years without grant funding)

Selection Criteria. The highest funding priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Involve teams of faculty working on the design of one or more courses.
  • Involve two or more courses.
  • Include an assessment of the impact of course enhancements on student learning outcomes.
  • Support sustainable course revisions that have the potential to last beyond the funding period, or have other long-lasting outcomes.
  • Include a commitment to sharing their work with the KU community through participation in teaching venues (e.g., CTE workshops or Teaching Summit, CODL Lunch and Learn).

In addition to the criteria above, proposals will be judged on clarity of goals, impact on undergraduate or graduate education, the degree to which multiple faculty are engaged, and planned budget expenditures. Previous Course Transformation Grant awardees and project synopses are listed here.

Questions? Contact CTE's Teaching Innovation Program Manager, Kaila Colyott.

Join us at the Teaching Summit

KU's annual Teaching Summit will be held on Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year's theme is What Next? Envisioning Teaching and Learning for the Next 25 Years. The Center for Teaching Excellence will celebrate its 25th birthday this fall, and the Summit theme reflects that special milestone.

Dr. Michael Dennin of the University of California, Irvine, will present the keynote, which will focus on how higher education can open new paths to success for students by building on strengths and breaking down barriers.