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APIL Faculty Innovation Grants

Have you been looking for a way to try something new in the classroom, either in a new or existing course? Would you like to incorporate active learning, problem-based learning, or inquiry-based learning (APIL) teaching methodologies, but aren't sure where to start? Do you have a wonderful idea to increase student engagement but lack the funds to buy necessary materials? If so, an APIL Teaching Innovation Grant from the QEP may be just the thing for you!

MUW's QEP Team is encouraging faculty to think about engaging with APIL teaching strategies in the classroom. APIL strategies involve active learning, problem-based learning, and inquiry-based learning, all of which lead to increased student engagement and the development of intellectual curiosity. While the APIL Specialist positions will give a small number of faculty the time and support to create large-scale changes in one or more classes, the purpose of these grants is to fund smaller-scale pedagogical projects for faculty across the university. Theses grants should generate more immediate impacts on student learning and include a wider variety of faculty and disciplinary engagement.

The application period for the 2017-2018 academic year is now open. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester (for use in fall or spring 2017-18): Application deadline is August 28, 2017
  • Spring Semester (for use by June 30 2018): Application deadline is December 8, 2017

NOTE: For the 2017-2018 academic year the QEP team is especially interested in projects which promote two areas that our early assessment data has shown could use some special attention. Proposals which show clear engagement with one or both of the following topics will be given priority in the award process, though as always applications for any APIL strategy are welcome and will receive full consideration:

  • Proposals that involve connecting student learning to societal problems or issues or promote students to change the way that they understand a societal problem or issue;
  • Proposals that involve numerical literacy, requiring students to evaluate and draw conclusions based on analysis of numerical information such as numbers, graphs, statistics, etc.

Click here if you would like to see a list of grant winners since Spring 2015.  Click here if you would like to review the application process.