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2018 USQ Learning and Teaching Staff Scholarships

(Supported through the Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching)

Overview

Learning and Teaching Staff Scholarships are grants made to support an individual USQ staff member's (or a team of USQ staff members') leadership and approaches to improving students' educational experiences and/or graduate outcomes. Scholarships enable staff to identify, implement and evaluate an innovative response to an important learning and teaching challenge, problem or opportunity. Scholarships enable the embedding of that innovation beyond 2018 and generate publications, presentations and heightened impact.

The 2018 Learning and Teaching Staff Scholarships are intended to resource problem-solving, action and research to be conducted between June 2018 to August 2019. The design of these Scholarships is informed by the practices and outcomes of previous University grant schemes, including the successful Open Educational Practice grant scheme.

Scholarships are offered in six different categories organised into two programs. Assistance in applying for a Staff Scholarship is provided via resources, workshops, and other support. A panel will competitively assess applications using criteria and recommend successful recipients. Successful recipients will be expected to meet the Scholarship requirements.

Staff Scholarship: Programs and Categories

A total of $80,000 of funding is available across six categories of Staff Scholarships. The following outlines the scholarship programs, categories, and available funding. Program and category specific details is provided on separate pages.

Innovation and Development

The Innovation and Development program of staff scholarships are intended to enable the introduction and embedding into USQ, of innovative practices that respond to an identified and important learning and teaching challenge, problem or opportunity.

Categories Number available Value Total
Early Career Academic 1 $10,000 $10,000
Learning and Teaching Leaders/Capacity-builders 1 $10,000 $10,000
All Staff 2 $10,000 $20,000
$40,000

Open Educational Practice

The Open Educational Practice program of staff scholarships are intended to enable engagement with open education approaches.

Categories Number available Value Total
Open Assessment 1 $10,000 $10,000
Open Courses 1 $10,000 $10,000
Open Textbooks 2 $10,000 $20,000
$40,000

Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Actively participate in the relevant Staff Scholarshp Support Community (anticipated to meet monthly).
  • Submit a progress report by 30 November 2018 and a final report by 31 August 2019 on their activities (report templates will be provided).
  • Develop, as outlined in the application, the deliverables of the grant.
  • Comply with budget guidelines.
  • Share their work with the larger USQ community by giving a presentation on their work at an internal USQ event.
  • Promote open access to resources generated by Scholarship activity through the use of an open licence (initially a CC-BY 4.0 International Licence or other appropriate licence) and appropriate storage. (Required for Open Educational Practice Program staff scholarships and where possible for Innovation and Development Program staff scholarships.)

Key dates

Action Date
Announcement and Call for Applications 24 January 2018

Staff Scholarship Information sessions

Toowoomba: Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11.00 am – 12.00 pm, Z469

Ipswich: Thursday, 22 February 2018, 9.30–10.30 am, H321

Springfield: Thursday, 22 February 2018, 1.00–2.00 pm, B154

Program-specific workshops

7 & 8 March 2018
(Innovation and Development Program)

5 & 6 March 2018
(Open Educational Practice Program)

Application coaching

March to 19 April 2018

Application deadline 9.00 am, 19 April 2018 (Thursday) 
Successful applicants announced Thursday, 17 May 2018
Participate in Staff Scholarships Support Communities End of June 2018 to end of June 2019
Progress report due 30 November 2018
Deadline for expenditure of funds

30 June 2019

Final Report due 31 August 2019

Evaluation process and criteria

A minimum of three peer-reviewers will score applications based on the following (Maximum total 30 points)

5 pts Compelling educational rationale/student (or other) need
5 pts

Clearly aligned with the category appropriate [1] USQ and external strategic focus and priorities [2]

5 pts Realistic plan and appropriate budget to achieve outcomes in a one-year time-frame
5 pts Evidence that the initiative will continue beyond the funded year
5 pts Plans for collection of data/evidence of outcomes and impact
5 pts Explains how outcomes/learning will be shared with others (e.g. publications) [3]

Notes on evaluation criteria:

  1. Category appropriate USQ and external strategic focus

    All scholarship applications must explicitly demonstrate how they align with an appropriate institutional or national plan or framework.

    • All scholarship applications must demonstrate alignment with the USQ Strategic and USQ Educational Experience Plans.
    • Applications for the Learning and teaching Leaders/Capacity-builders category must also demonstrate alignment with the Higher Education Standards Framework Domains.
    • Applications for the Open Educational Practice Program categories must also demonstrate alignment with the USQ Social Justice Strategic Plan.
  2. Aligned with category appropriate priorities

    Applications for all categories of scholarship should demonstrate alignment with category specific priorities.

  3. Plans for open sharing

    Applications for all categories of Scholarship should include a commitment to open licensing (initially a CC-BY 4.0 International Licence or other appropriate open licence), and articulation of where the assets from the scholarship activities will be stored to promote open access. (Required for Open Educational Practice Program staff scholarships and where possible for Innovation and Development Program staff scholarships.)