Background

Applications are invited from academic staff for Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grants Round 2 for 2020.

The 2020 Round 2 call for LTI applications welcomes applications in the following categories:

  1. Wholly online subjects
  2. Improving online learning quality
  3. General learning and teaching
Key dates

Round 2, 2020

  • Applications open 2 June 2020
  • Applications close 5pm 26 June 2020
  • Category 1 and 2 outcomes will be announced by 24 July 2020
  • Category 3 outcomes will be announced by 7 August 2020
Guidelines
and application forms

Round 2 2020 Guidelines

Information on learning Environments digital assessment techniques can be found: https://le.unimelb.edu.au/digital-assessment

Application form 1: Wholly online subjects

Application form 2: Improving online learning quality

Application form 3: General learning and teaching

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: Wholly 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 2: Improving online learning quality

The University rapidly transitioned to online teaching, learning and assessment for Semester 1, 2020 as a result of COVID-19. The need for online delivery will continue into Semester 2, 2020.

This category funds projects to support the enhancement of online subject delivery through the incorporation of standard activities and tools (e.g. Canvas LMS, Zoom) in subject design.

Category 3: General learning and teaching

Proposals in this category should fundamentally seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of student learning and students’ learning experiences at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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. 

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

  • the clarity of the application
  • the alignment between the objectives of the application and the priorities of the activity streams;
  • the impact of the project, including student reach, effect on local and broader curriculum offerings and impact 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;
  • the rankings received from Faculties and Graduate Schools.

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

Key contacts

Category 1: Wholly online subjects and Category 2: Improving online learning quality

Other categories and general enquiries

  • Vivien Lee, FlexAP Program Manager, Chancellery (Academic)
  • Laurence Deam, Project Officer (FlexAP), Chancellery (Academic)

    Contact: landt-grants@unimelb.edu.au
Reporting on Funded Projects

Progress reports

A brief progress report must be provided by the date specified in the outcome letter. (Typically due six months after award for projects of twelve month duration, or twelve months for longer projects.)

The progress report, which should be submitted within the body of an email to landt-grants@unimelb.edu.au, must provide:

  • A brief update on progress of the project;
  • Information about who has been involved in the project;
  • Progress towards or plans for project implementation; and
  • Expected timeline to completion and final report.

Final reports

Final reports are intended to provide information about the development of projects and are typically due before the delivery of projects to students. (Typically a month after the project end date.)

The final report should be submitted on the appropriate template below, to landt-grants@unimelb.edu.au

Previous recipients

FlexAP stream recipients

General LTI recipients

Resources
FAQs

What is the LTI Round scheduling?

WIth the impacts of COVID-19, LTI Grant round scheduling has been disrupted. Round 2, 2020 opens 3 June 2020 and closes 26 June 2020, to be awarded by 24 July 2020.

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.

Intensive, Summer and Winter Subjects; Online Subjects; and Assessment Reform projects 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 some years for some categories
  • expenses for projects in some categories are charged to a single account in Chancellery

Check guidelines for individual rounds for more details.

How are my project funds managed?

Projects in FlexAP categories subject to are 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 the General Learning and Teaching category, 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 FlexAP categories 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?

Intensive, summer and winter subjects; Wholly online subjects; Improving online learning quality; and Assessment reform projects are part of FlexAP. General Learning and Teaching LTIs are not part of FlexAP.


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