The University offers several sources of funding to support teaching development. The Centre for Academic Practice is responsible for the Teaching Enhancement Awards and the Warwick E-Learning Award programme (WELA). Both support staff in designing, planning, undertaking and evaluating a small educational development project and these increasingly involve some element of information and/or communications technology (ICT) or e-learning. The Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) is a HEFCE-based institutional fund, which in 2005-06 the University is dedicating to departmental e-learning projects.
Teaching development supported through these schemes expect staff to demonstrate that they have consulted with other departments and/or central support services to determine the feasibility of their proposed project. The use of e-learning technologies requires collaboration among both academics and technical staff to ensure that the embedding is effective and sustainable. LDC can advise on the issues you need to consider and the people you may need to consult with, including IT Services and the Library.
Our involvement in the strategic development of learning and teaching and e-learning gives us a good insight into existing good practice and available e-learning tools at Warwick. We have links across the University and within departments and a history of successfully working with a range of projects both locally and nationally. This means we are in a unique position to offer you support and assistance both in putting your application together and in bringing your project to successful completion.
The criteria for funding requires that all applications will need to be aligned to the objectives and targets of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and (if relevant) E-Learning Strategy if they are to be successful.
We can offer support whether you are submitting an application for a Teaching Enhancement Award or putting together an application for TQEF or you wish to undertake the E-Learning in Academic and Professional Practice programme which will involve the use of technology in teaching and learning.
- those looking to evaluate, disseminate or extend an existing project
- subject areas approaching quality assessment who would like advice or ideas for e-learning or integrating new technologies into their curricula and teaching methods.
You should consider our support as on-going, both in putting together your application and in carrying forward your project afterwards.
Support in putting your application together
We can offer support in all areas of putting your application together, including:
- advising you with scoping the needs and objectives of your project;
- selecting appropriate electronic resources or e-learning tools/technologies;
- developing a project plan and evaluation strategy ;
- ensuring you have realistically costed the work involved.
If you are looking for specific ideas of technologies which you could use for learning and teaching a first step should be to visit the LDC e-learning website, the Library electronic resources pages and the E-lab website. Together, these provide information on Web Tools, Computer Assisted Assessment, Computer Meditated Communication, Videoconferencing and examples of e-learning, which may be more specific to your subject discipline.
If you are looking for specific development work to be undertaken we can advise you on some of the specialist services available through the E-lab.
The Learning and Development Centre provide a number of e-learning related events in the Academic Development Programme. Full details of the programme and event details are available on the LDC website.
Once your project has started we will be happy to continue to play a consultative role in the development of all aspects of your project, for example:
- guidance with any project management issues;
- helping you to overcome any barriers you may encounter during you project implementation.
- assisting with evaluation and data collection for example through questionnaires, observations or focus groups;
- helping you to disseminate your outcomes through a workshop or seminar organised by LDC.
Through our national involvements, we have links with many technology-based learning and teaching programmes. These present opportunities for funding, which could be exploited in the future even if your application is not successful on this occasion. It is our experience that most good ideas and determined individuals can find the right funding opportunity in the longer term: what is important is to develop the idea.
Here are some ideas of projects, which you might find useful in defining your own application and a checklist of questions to consider when you are writing your application. It would be useful if you have thought about these before you come to consult with LDC. However we will be happy to explore ideas with you no matter how vague they are initially.
Ideas for E-Learning Development Projects
See the Warwick Teaching Innovations website, which provides a database of teaching and learning developments at Warwick over the last eight years. These include some previously funded TDF projects and links to examples of using e-learning published in the Warwick E-Learning web journal, Interactions. These offer possible collaborative partners (in other departments) or ideas for your own project.
Checklist of key criteria
- Have you complied with all the criteria set out in the guidelines
- Does your project fit with the institutional Learning and Teaching Strategy?
- Does your project fit with the E-Learning strategy of your department (if you have one) or the institution?
- Have you considered how the use of educational technologies will be embedded into the student learning experience?
- Do you have a clear strategy for how the project will be resourced? (e.g. staff buy-out, employing a project assistant, etc.
- Do you have an evaluation strategy, which will show how your implementation of learning technology has benefited student learning?
- Have you considered how you will disseminate your project locally and across the institution?
- Do you have a clear idea of how the project will be managed, day-to-day and within your department?
Examples of projects
- integrating a computer based learning package into a module to replace or supplement lectures;
- introducing open learning activities supported by formative computer-based tests;
- using video conferencing to facilitate seminars between campuses;
- providing online learning activities supported by resources and discussion groups;
- introducing online seminars and activities using computer conferencing
- using the world wide web to publish an archive of student work;
- using email to encourage collaboration and peer support among students at different sites.
Produced by the Learning and Development Centre, in collaboration with the Learning and Teaching Support Service, University of Bristol.