The purpose of the Innovation in Learning
Grant is to encourage full-time faculty activities that
go beyond the normal scope of duties. The basis of all applications
should be a project that stimulates innovative approaches to
teaching and learning. Grant applicants must be full-time faculty
members employed by Waubonsee Community College. Projects include,
but are not limited to, educational research and the development
of new instructional strategies and material. Projects of a
collaborative nature and projects that promote college conversations
on learning are encouraged. Three to eight projects are expected
to be funded through this initiative during the current academic
year. The number and amount of grants awarded is dependent
upon, but not limited to, the substantive nature of the proposed
project, fitness of application to the evaluation criteria,
the number of applicants involved, and the type/amount of resources
required to complete the project.
- Complete the Innovation in Learning
Grant Application cover page and attach your proposal.
The Innovation in Learning Grant Application cover
page with instructions for the proposal is available on the
Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology website. If
you would prefer a copy be sent to you via email or snail
mail, please call the Center for Teaching, Learning, and
Technology at extension 2858. Be sure to obtain the appropriate
- Submit your completed Innovation in
Learning Grant Application to the Asst. VP for Program
Development and Distance Learning. Receipt of your proposal
will be acknowledged within two weeks.
- The application review process typically
takes up to eight weeks. The application will be reviewed by
the Innovation in Learning Grant Review Board, composed of two
members of the Waubonsee Community College's Faculty Development
Learning Excellence Team, the Asst. VP for Program Development
and Distance Learning, and the Dean for Distance Learning and
Instructional Technology. If the Review Board determines
that the proposal merits funding, the proposal will be forwarded
with the Review Board's recommendations to the Exec. Vice President
of Educational Affairs/CLO for final approval. (Note: In special
cases, the Review Board may return the application to
the applicant before final approval with recommendations for
changes and a request for the application to be resubmitted.)
- If your project is approved for funding,
a formal grant letter will be prepared and sent to you for your
approval and signature. This formal grant letter must be returned
to the Asst. VP for Program Development and Distance Learning
before the project and funding can begin.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate
an Innovation in Learning Grant application (100 total
- The application provides clear evidence
of alignment with the Waubonsee Community College's mission
and core values (10 points).
- The application clearly explains how the
implementation of the project will foster innovation in learning (25
- The application clearly demonstrates how
the project will impact the applicant's professional growth (10
- The evaluation design provides information
that can be used to evaluate the project's effectiveness in relation
to its purpose and objectives (15 points).
- The application provides a viable plan for
sharing the results of the project with the Waubonsee learning
community (15 points).
- The implementation plan is consistent with
the scope of the proposed activities (10 points).
- The budget is cost-effective and is consistent
with the scope of the proposed objectives and activities (15
The Innovation in Learning Grant process
is administered through the office of the Asst. VP for Program
Development and Distance Learning, Jane Regnier. If you have questions,
please do not hesitate to call Jane Regnier at ext. 2358.