The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Fund for Innovative Teaching (FIT) will support short-term (up to one-year) proposals for faculty to create, develop, or deliver innovative teaching and learning opportunities for students.
This year, the following eight topics will be prioritized for fundable projects:
FIT funds will support short term, one-year proposals in innovative pedagogy or curriculum design. Fundable projects may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the development of team, multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, cross-faculty, technologically enhanced, experiential or place-based, and other high impact teaching and learning experiences. Funding will support: innovative projects focused on curricular development, modification or elaboration; enhancements for student learning; extraordinary online or technology-intensive course development; partnerships with external collaborators or agencies; and data gathering, analysis or synthesis, and program evaluation.
Applications for FIT funding must clearly show how the proposed project is expected to support, enhance or improve student success, whether in terms of course or program completion, more flexible learning opportunities, mastery of institutional or course or program learning outcomes, or increased retention and/or faster graduation rates. Proposals should refer where necessary to the scholarship of teaching and learning or research on learning and pedagogy to show how the project activities are, or can be, high impact.
The fund is not intended to provide continuing support for projects. However, pilot proposals that result in successfully evaluated projects, or illustrate the potential of a long-term impact, may be renewed in subsequent years. Funding will not be approved for projects which can be developed or delivered with existing resources or completed as part of the applicant’s regular workload.
FIT funding for any one project may be for a maximum of $10,000.
Applicants holding full or part time tenure-track or tenured teaching (Article 18) or academic support (Article 19) B faculty positions at UFV are eligible for FIT funding. Non-regular faculty, such as adjunct or sessional instructors, may be included as part of a collaborative proposal.
Applicants must address the combination of criteria appropriate to the creation, development, delivery, and evaluation of the teaching and learning project being proposed. View the list of criteria for FIT applications.
FIT applications and all supporting material must be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic by October 31, 2018 in order to be considered for funding for the 2019-2020 budget year (April 2019-March 2020). View additional information on the application process.
Within the semester following completion of the approved teaching and learning activity, faculty awarded funding shall submit a report to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. The report will include a summary of the learning activities planned and undertaken, individuals involved in the delivery of the planned project activities and outcomes, and a description of the degree to which the significant goals and/or objectives of the proposal were achieved. Faculty are also asked to comment on the FIT process, from application to conclusion, providing feedback that can help inform future revisions to the application, adjudication, website, and/or administration of the fund.