About the grant
The Experiential Learning Grant is an expansion of the Community-Engaged Learning Grant, which was established in 2014. It aims to: 1) increase opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning; and 2) build capacity for experiential learning at UVic. Opportunities can include experiential learning embedded within an on-campus course or through a course that is delivered entirely off-campus (such as a field school).
This grant is administered by Community-Engaged Learning, as part of Co-op and Career Services.
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Materials and submission form available by December 1, 2023.
Each grant will be due at 11:59pm, January 31, 2024.
Grant committees will meet in the following 30-60 days.
Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2024.
While there are many forms of EL, the ELF Grant will support three specific areas for experiential learning: Community-Engaged Learning (CEL), Field-Based Learning (FBL) and Research-Enriched Teaching (RET) initiatives.
The ELF Grant also supports small contingency costs associated with fostering reciprocal relationships through the CEL Emergent Activities Fund. To apply for the CEL Emergent Activities Fund, a separate application form is available.
Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) is a form of experiential learning and community-engaged scholarship whereby students actively engage with course content through a combination of collaborations with community and facilitated critical reflection (service-learning, project-based, knowledge exchange, research-based, etc.). A broad definition of community is intended, including geographic, government, Indigenous communities and groups, non-profit organizations, industry or other communities of interest. Go to the CEL website to learn about previous recipients and more about CEL.
Field-Based Learning (FBL) is a form of experiential learning whereby students actively engage with course content through a combination of land, sociocultural and/or water-based experiences and facilitated critical reflection. It is often also a form of community-engaged learning. Go to the UVic Field Schools website to learn about some of UVic’s current UVic Field School offerings. Before you apply, consult the CEL Coordinator and the UVic Field Activities information for updates on field-based learning with regards to health and safety.
Research-Enriched Teaching (RET) is a form of experiential and inquiry-based learning that includes hands-on research experiences whereby students actively engage in the research process within their discipline/field. This includes opportunities for students to gain experience in planning and undertaking research or creative activity, from question identification and proposal development, through engagement in the research process or creative activity, to knowledge translation activities.
The experiential learning fund grant is open to:
- Single or co-applicants who directly support student learning and the student experience at UVic (includes research and teaching stream faculty, sessional lecturers, laboratory instructors and relevant academic and professional staff)
- Early-career academic professionals or those new to UVic are especially encouraged to apply
- Previous grant recipients for any LTSI grant (if your grant is still active, you must submit obligations prior to be considered for another grant)
Preference will be given to those with continued appointments. If you are a sessional instructor and you are designing/re-designing a course, we may also ask you and your Chair/Director to indicate that you are likely to teach the course again in the future.
Successful proposals will include a:
- clear specific statement of what the applicant would like to achieve;
- well-articulated plan for how to proceed and principles that will guide the process;
- description of the proposed significance of the project in terms of contributions to teaching and student learning and experiential learning;
- brief, targeted review of the literature that supports the plan;
- plan for sharing the project goals and outcomes to appropriate audiences;
- sustainable budget with justification for each item; and,
- any additional supports from LTSI or other campus partners that might be helpful for your project.
Please note: Preference will be given to applicants who have not yet received an ELF Grant. You can not apply to more than one LTSI grant in the same year for the same project.
Questions to Consider
While formulating your proposal, consider the goals of your proposed project, how you plan to complete the work on it, what will be its impact on student learning, what learning experiences will be involved and how these are linked to intended learning outcomes (ILOs), how current literature informs your project, as well as the following:
What do you hope to achieve?
While describing the proposed project, state the guiding learning principles, project activities and goals. Pay particular attention to how your project plan aligns with the stated project goals. Your goals should be specific rather than general. ELF projects require a timeline to be included with the project description, as well as the detailing of who will be involved at the different stages of the project.
Which are the learning outcomes that will be delivered and supported by the proposed project?
Consider the ILOs and how the community-engaged, field-based and/or research-enriched experiences are related to these outcomes. Think of the expected benefits to the student learning experience.
Who are the partners that you are working with on the proposed project, and what kind of work is involved?
Think especially of the reciprocal relationships with project partners and the ways in which the community will benefit.
How will you share your findings with colleagues or others both within and outside the university?
We use ‘findings’ here to include any aspect of the process, knowledge gained, goals, outcomes or conceptual framing of your project. This communication can occur at any stage of the development of the project or after its completion.
We ask that successful applicants share the results of their projects at the annual Let’s Talk About Teaching event, which is coordinated by LTSI. Feel free to include this activity if you would like to share your findings in that way. Nevertheless, we also ask that you include additional ways of making your work known for the benefit of the academic and wider community.
Here are some examples of how you could share your project work. You will: share the results of the study with departmental colleagues at your annual teaching retreat; submit significant findings for presentation at discipline-specific professional conferences; share your findings with departmental colleagues at your monthly research seminar series; request that we assist you in offering a workshop through LTSI.
Is there any other information that you would like to share with members of the adjudication committee that would help them to fully appreciate your proposal?
You will need to contextualize your proposal in relation to the relevant pedagogical literature and other activities with your community partner, as well as similar experiential learning initiatives at UVic or elsewhere. You will need to include a brief literature review of relevant scholarly and, if applicable, other works (e.g., creative research) that are relevant to the project you are In reviewing the literature, connect your work to current work in your discipline and relevant educational trends, and mention how these will inform your own project.
- The overall goal and purpose of the project and EL opportunity;
- The types of reflection and assessment that will be used to enhance student learning through the proposed EL opportunity;
- The amount of class time dedicated, the significance of the activity, and/or the availability of similar EL opportunities or EL supports;
- How the EL opportunity is tied to module, course and/or program ILOs;
- How many students will benefit from the EL opportunity or support;
- How impacts to learners and community (where applicable) will be measured; and,
- How the project will be shared for the capacity building of others.
- How the project and the associated EL experience relates to pedagogical literature, other EL experiences, and/or existing endeavours with community.
The following criteria will be assessed in ELF Grant Applications wherein there is community engagement:
- The relationship with community as pertaining to the proposed endeavour; and,
- How respect and reciprocity will be fostered throughout the project, including a clear and realistic description of intended community benefit.
- Kolb, D. A. (1984). Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development (Vol. 1). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Apply for the experiential learning fund grant
Application for this grant will open in December, 2023.
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