Background

Applications are invited from academic staff for Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grants for 2020.

The 2020 Round 1 call for LTI applications welcomes applications in the following categories:

  1. Intensive, summer and winter subjects
  2. Online subjects
  3. Assessment reform
Key dates

Round 1, 2020

  • Applications are now closed
  • Outcomes were announced 20 Dec 2019

Round 2, 2020

A second round of LTI Grants for 2020 will be held in Q2, 2020. This will include a General Learning and Teaching Grants Category.

Guidelines
and application forms
Round 1 2020 Guidelines.
Categories for funding

Applications for LTI grants must address one of the following activity streams. Please read the full guidelines for further information.

Category 1: Intensive, summer and winter subjects

This category responds to the following FlexAP recommendations:

  • Develop and offer students more intensive subjects at both undergraduate and graduate levels.”
  • “Significantly increase the number and range of subject offerings in the summer study period, in both undergraduate and graduate programs.”

Category 2: Online subjects

This category responds to the following FlexAP recommendation:

  • “Develop a suite of signature wholly online subjects that students in campus-based undergraduate and graduate programs can undertake as part of their degree.”

Category 3: Assessment reform

This category responds to the following FlexAP priority areas:

  1. “Moving away from high stakes, summative assessment and towards more developmental and continuous approaches to assessment in subjects, clusters of subjects and/or programs.”
  2. “Adopting more peer-based and student-centred assessment, including peer- and group-based assessments in subjects, clusters of subjects and/or programs.”
Application and selection procedure

Prior to consideration by the selection committee, Deans of Faculties and Graduate Schools will be asked to rank applications in light of the selection criteria and their own strategic priorities in learning and teaching.

The Chancellery LTI team will submit the applications to the Deans for approval and ranking following the submission deadline. 

Applicants are welcome to seek advice from Chancellery (Academic and International), the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education and/or Learning Environments.

In making its decision, the selection committee will consider the following selection criteria:

  • the alignment between the objectives of each application and the recommendations and priorities of the activity streams;
  • the clarity of objectives in each application, including the articulation on the impact of proposed reform on students’ activities, learning experiences, and outcomes;
  • the likelihood that the objectives of the application will be achieved, and the degree to which they can be successfully evaluated;
  • the quality of the proposed approach and methodology proposed; and
  • the rankings received from Faculties and Graduate Schools.

Funds will be awarded on merit using the criteria set out above.

Previous recipients
Key contacts

Category 2: online subjects

Other categories and enquiries

  • Vivien Lee, FlexAP Program Manager
  • Holly Davis, Policy and Strategy Adviser (Learning and Teaching)
  • Laurence Deam, Project Officer (FlexAP)

    landt-grants@unimelb.edu.au
Resources
FAQs

What is the LTI Round scheduling?

Round 1 LTIs are scheduled for application in September-November to be awarded by December for a project period beginning 1 January in the following year.

Round 2 LTIs are scheduled for application in February-April to be awarded by May, for a project period beginning from the date of award.

When is there a General Teaching and Learning Category available?

A General Learning and Teaching category is expected to be included in Round 2 of each year.

I've heard that the LTI Grants have changed recently. What's changed?

In 2019, the LTI Grants began to facilitate the University's key teaching and learning strategy program: FlexAP.

Categories 1, 2, and 3 (Intensive, Summer and Winter Subjects; Online Subjects; and Assessment Reform) are part of FlexAP and these LTI projects are subject to new funding guidelines and processes. This includes:

  • an academic division co-contribution to projects in Categories 1 and 2
  • expenses for projects in Categories 1, 2 and 3 are charged to a single account in Chancellery

How are my project funds managed?

Projects in Categories 1, 2 and 3 (Intensive, Summer and Winter Subjects; Online Subjects; and Assessment Reform) are part of the FlexAP Program and subject to FlexAP Funding Guidelines. Project expenses are charged to a single account in Chancellery to enable centralised reporting on this strategic project. See the guidelines for more information.

Projects in Category 4: General Learning and Teaching, are not part of FlexAP and funds will be transferred to the project lead's nominated account for local management.

I've heard that LTIs funds won't be able to be carried forward beyond the project period. Is this true?

Yes. As Categories 1, 2 and 3 are funded through FlexAP strategic funds, there is less leeway to carry funding forward over calendar years and beyond the project period. Project leads should ensure their funds are spent within the grant period.

What Categories of LTIs are part of FlexAP?

Categories 1, 2 and 3 (Intensive, Summer and Winter Subjects; Online Subjects; and Assessment Reform) are part of FlexAP. Category 4: General Learning and Teaching is not.


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