About the fund

PCIP created a Curriculum Innovation Fund to provide academic units support for innovative curriculum projects at the program and course level. The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL) administers this fund of approximately $250,000 per year for 2012 to 2016.

Projects it supports

Projects supported by the fund should have a curricular focus - changing or developing the content or methods of a collection of credit-bearing courses (major, theme, minor, specialization, certificate, etc.).

New or revised curricula should also focus on improving the student experience, with preference given to proposals that address identified institutional priorities:

This initiative is aimed primarily at programmatic innovation, but in some cases innovations at the level of individual courses within an existing program will be considered. 

How the fund can be used

It is anticipated that academic units will use the resources made available through the Curriculum Innovation Fund to support such things as:

  • release time for faculty leading a curriculum project,
  • support for student assistants involved in curriculum projects,
  • costs associated with online or technology-intensive course development,
  • support for consultants (such as travel costs for visiting scholars) required to inform/contribute to the project,
  • costs associated with data gathering, analysis, and program evaluation.
Please Note: The Curriculum Innovation Fund is not intended to fund research projects. While it is anticipated that units may include requests to support program evaluation work related to their curriculum, those requests will be supported from this fund only as related to the development or ongoing renewal of curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Funding Allocation Process

Every proposed project that generally meets the requirements above will be supported to some extent, at minimum through advice and consultation with GMCTL staff. Projects requiring funds to pay direct costs to the academic unit or funds required to pay for services from another unit (eg ITS, eMAP) will be considered for funding allocation.

Funding allocations from the Curriculum Innovation Fund to offset these types of direct costs incurred will be determined as follows:

  • Funding allocations up to the value of one 3-cu sessional stipend (approximately $6500) may be authorized by the Director of the Gwenna Moss Centre on the basis of a pre-proposal alone
  • Proposals for larger amounts of funding must be reviewed/approved by the Curriculum Innovation Committee, chaired by the Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning.
  • Membership on this Curriculum Innovation Committee will be established by the VPTL in consultation with the Associate Deans Academic.
  • The Curriculum Innovation Committee will meet regularly to consider project proposals and will make timely decisions.
  • The Curriculum Innovation Committee will determine a schedule for releasing funds to the unit, appropriate to the budget and project milestones.
  • All successful projects will be matched with a GMCTE staff curriculum specialist or instructional designer to support the ongoing work of the academic unit identified in the proposal.

Terms of Reference

Proposals must meet the following requirements:

  • Projects supported by the fund should have a curricular focus - changing or developing the content or methods of a collection of credit bearing courses (major, theme, minor, specialization, certificate, etc.)
  • Strong commitment by the department/college to the initiative (or colleges/departments if an interdisciplinary initiative).
  • A plan for implementation of some innovative practice in the curriculum, preferably connected to identified institutional priorities (experiential learning, Aboriginal education, internationalization, and innovative uses of learning technologies including online programs or courses).
  • A commitment of a lead person or team of people (whether disciplinary or interdisciplinary) to see the project through to implementation.
  • An expected positive impact on student learning or the student learning experience.

How to apply

There will be a two-step process for project approvals. First, academic units wishing to pursue projects will submit an initial proposal of 1-2 pages outlining the project idea. Initial proposals may be submitted to the GMCTL at any time.

Initial Proposals

The initial proposal should include:

  • A brief description of the proposed activity, practice or innovation
  • An explanation of the level of faculty / staff involvement and a primary contact person
  • A rough estimate of the costs (both developmental and ongoing) anticipated with the project
  • A summary of the expected impact on students or the student experience
  • A preliminary plan for measuring success

Comprehensive proposals

Depending on the scope and funding requirements (amounts of more than $6500) of your project, additional documentation may be required, as a comprehensive proposal.

A more comprehensive proposal is prepared in partnership with staff from the Gwenna Moss Centre. These more detailed, comprehensive proposals are judged by the Curriculum Innovation Committee. Successful proposals receive funding to offset direct costs associated with curriculum or program development.

The comprehensive project proposal should be no more than 5 pages long and should include:

  • A detailed description of the proposed activity, practice or innovation
  • An explanation of the level of faculty / staff involvement (ie. who will lead the project?, who will be involved?)
  • A description of the expected impact on students or the student experience
  • A timeline for the project
  • A proposed budget – details about what direct costs would be required from the Curriculum Innovation Fund and what costs would be contributed by the unit.
  • A rationale for how the innovation will ultimately sustain itself
  • A preliminary program evaluation plan to evaluate the impact of the curriculum change

It is expected that some projects will need no funding and will be able to proceed largely on their own with some GMCTE staff support and consultation. It is anticipated that funded projects will be eligible to receive between $5000 and $40,000 to offset direct costs in the unit.

Past Recipients

Project NameCollege and Faculty MemberGMCTE Contact
2012-2013
One Health Undergraduate Certificate
IN THE NEWS
Law - Patricia Farnese Sheryl Mills
Curriculum Innovation Steering Committee Arts & Science - Scott Bell and Lesley Biggs Sheryl Mills
Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP)
IN THE NEWS
Arts & Science - Louise Alexitch and Kristina Bidwell Leslie Martin
MSEM Program restructuring School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) - Maureen Reed and Sharla Daviduik Sheryl Mills
NS 107 - experiential learning pilot course
IN THE NEWS
Native Studies - Winona Wheeler and Bobby Henry Sheryl Mills
Distributed Learning Using ICT in the College of Nursing Project Nursing - Lorna Butler Carolyn Hoessler
TEL Commitments Various NA
Learning Technologies in Math 223/224 Engineering and Arts & Science, Math - George Patrick Ryan Banow and Frank Bulk
Growing SENS as a Learning Organization  SENS - Maureen Reed and Sharla Daviduik Sheryl Mills
Renew the BSc in Nutrition Year 4 Practicum, Stage 1  Pharmacy & Nutrition, Nutrition Program - David Hill and Gord Zello Susan Bens
WCVM NeuroVet Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Small Animal Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Biomedical Sciences (joint) - Sue Taylor and Gillian Muir Frank Bulk
2013-2014
One Health Graduate Certificate SENS - MJ Barrett, Maureen Reed and Hugh Townsend Sheryl Mills
Global Studies Certificate
IN THE NEWS
Arts & Science, International Studies - Alexis Dahl, Vice-Dean Harley Dickinson and Joe Garcea Sheryl Mills  
Extending course 'ENVS 898 Water Resources Management in Cold Regions' to distant-learning students in the north SENS - Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt Ryan Banow
One Health Undergraduate Certificate - Course development, student assistance, speaker series, recruitment and evaluation Law - Patricia Farnese Sheryl Mills 
One Health Undergraduate Certificate - Web Tool Developement Law - Patricia Farnese Sheryl Mills
Growing SENS as a Learning Organization SENS - Maureen Reed and Sharla Daviduik Sheryl Mills
WCVM NeuroVet  Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Small Animal Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Biomedical Sciences (joint) - Sue Taylor and Gillian Muir  Frank Bulk 
2014-2015
Saskatchewan River Basin: A Large-Scale Observatory Global Institute for Water Security – Howard Wheater & Jeffrey McDonnell  
Re-Imagining Undergraduate Environmental Programming at the U of S SENS – Toddi Steelman Sheryl Mills
BIO 312/315 – Life in the North Arts & Science, Biology – Jill Johnstone Sheryl Mills
Computer Game Stream Using Industry Standard Tools Arts & Science, Computer Science – Kevin Stanley Heather Ross
Moving Grad Courses to Online & Open Formats (NORD 898) International Centre for Northern Governance and Development – Ken Coates Heather Ross
Mapping Community Engaged Teaching & Learning in Edwards School of Business Edwards School of Business – Chelsea Willness & Vince Bruni-Bossio Susan Bens
Improving Student Success in Introductory Biology Arts & Science, Biology – Ken Wilson Susan Bens
Indigenous Science: Native Studies 200-Level Course Development Arts & Science, Native Studies – Jeff Baker Sheryl Mills
Inspiring Inter-Professional Excellence Nursing – Sandra Bassendowski Susan Bens
Curriculum Renewal for Non-Major Intro Computer Science Course Arts & Science, Computer Science – Michael Horsch Carolyn Hoessler
Major Curricular Changes to Civil Procedure Course: Assignment-Based to Activity-Based Law – Doug Surtees & Tracey Wray Sheryl Mills

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