Scholarship for the Advancement of Collaborative Teaching

 

Selection Results for Advancement of Collaborative Teaching Scholarship

 

The first call for applications for Advancement of Collaborative Teaching Scholarship has attracted seven grant requests. Six proposals were selected and accepted for funding. These projects are considered as a useful contribution to the development of teaching skills in liberal arts and sciences.

 

The list of selected applicants:

Yorick Birkhölzer, ATLAS University College Twente, The Netherlands

Emma Cohen de Lara, Amsterdam University College, The Netherlands

Tim Hoff, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

Ladislav Koreň, University Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens, Erasmus University College, The Netherlands

Femi Odebiyi, LCC International University, Klaipėda, Lithuania

 

The Selection Committee consisted of ECOLAS Executive Board members Hans Adriaansens, Laurent Boetsch and Samuel Abraham. Watch our website for more news about future opportunities and programmes of ECOLAS.

 

 

About Scholarship for the Advancement of Collaborative Teaching

 

The purpose of this scholarship scheme is to support teachers at Liberal Arts and Sciences institutions in advancing their teaching and student learning. The goal is to support course innovation projects centred on improved student learning through both innovative and more traditional teaching methods. The projects shall pair a junior teacher and a senior teacher who will act as a mentor guiding the junior colleague throughout the process of course innovation. Similarly the projects can pair two teachers who teach the same course at different institutions and who tailor the course in innovative ways based on the learning environment and student needs at their respective institutions. In either case the collaboration should take 2-3 months throughout the summer semester 2015/2016.

 

As a result of the innovation project, the scholarship recipients are asked to prepare a written report (2,000 words) in which they summarise the design of the project and evaluate its outcomes on student learning. A necessary condition for awarding the scholarship is that the teacher collects and evaluates the evidence on how student learning has changed after introducing an innovation. As sources of this evidence, teachers can use examples of student work (assignments, essays, projects, written exams, etc.), student feedback questionnaires, interviews with student focus groups, peer observation summaries from colleague teachers, student grades, teacher’s reflections as noted in his/her teaching diary, etc. Ideally, several examples from these sources shall be collected and evaluated in the report. Comparison of the outcomes of the innovation with findings from existing literature on university student learning as published in academic journals and books is strongly encouraged.

 

Application requirements

 

The applicants are required to submit a design of their innovation project (600-800 words) describing the problem they wish to address, and the specific nature of the innovation together with expected impact on student learning. In addition, they should describe what kind of partnership they will form (junior-senior colleague or teachers from different institutions) and how their collaboration shall take place (regular face-to-face meetings, phone talks, online “meetings”).

 

In order to apply, fill in this application form and send it to info@ecolas.eu.

 

Applications should be endorsed by dean or department head to ensure that the proposed activity is consistent with the candidate’s ongoing professional development. A brief support can be sent either by e-mail or as a letter. Deadline for submission of applications is extended to March 6, 2016. The selection results will be published here no later than March 10, 2016. There will be up to 7 scholarships of EUR 1500 / project awarded in the programme’s first year, 2016. The awarded applicants will be contacted through ECOLAS office in Bratislava.