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Learning Community Group Grants

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development’s Learning Community Groups grant line.

What is a Learning Community Group?

The primary goal of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is to create opportunities for CCSU faculty to share ideas about teaching techniques, pedagogy and professional development focused on student success. By sponsoring several Learning Community Groups (LCGs), each with about 5 to 10 faculty and each centered on a relatively narrow theme or teaching strategy, the Center links faculty from across departments to work together on a single project.

Studies show that teachers make the most headway with new strategies when they work together with other faculty in small groups then implement and assess new techniques over one or two terms. The CTFD Learning Community Groups meet throughout the academic year on a schedule they determine and then report about their work at Faculty Day. 

Funding your Project

The CTFD offers funding to faculty who facilitate LCGs. Generally, we give $250.00 stipends that groups can use for anything from coffee for meetings to books to speakers! In return, we work closely with the LCGs and highlight their process and progress through workshops and panels, and ultimately presentations at the annual Faculty Day and Excellence in Teaching Award Ceremony held each year in April. When available, we also offer additional funding to help meet the LCGs goals.

Apply!

Have you been thinking about a project that promotes teaching and learning and student success, or are you already working with colleagues on one? Then you should apply for LCG funding. The application process is easy. Simply answer the following questions on the online form and submit. We will make our decisions at the September 27 advisory board meeting and contact all applicants by October 1. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2017.

You can see our 2016-17 learning groups on the CTFD LCG webpage.

Please fill out the following information on the Learning Community Group Grant Application 2018.

  1. Name
  2. Date
  3. Academic Department
  4. E-mail address
  5. Project description: Give a brief, yet thorough description of your project. You should include an overview of the project/problem, how your group will address it, and its purpose. Also, please address its efficacy to teaching and learning, and student success. Please cite from literature on the topic where necessary. 
  6. Assessment tools: Please list how you will assess your project. These can be attendance numbers, survey feedbacks, comparing previous methods with new methods, etc.
  7. Expenses: List total budget for your project, including a breakdown of what each component will cost the group.
  8. Previous application/acceptance: Please answer the following questions on the application form. 
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