Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Fund

La Trobe is committed to ensuring high quality learning experiences for our students and a culture that recognises and rewards great teaching. We value evidence-based pedagogical practices that enhance the student learning experience. To support these practices La Trobe Learning and Teaching seeks applications for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fund for 2018 projects. For 2018, a total pool of around $240,000 has been made available. Individual project budgets should not exceed $25,000.

The SOTL Fund consists of a pool of funds supporting:

  • Project - grants of up to $25,000
  • Funding will be provided for teams to undertake projects in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Applicants can apply for up to $25,000 with funds expended by mid-December 2018. Applicants should discuss potential in-kind support with their organisational unit before submitting an application. Note that applications from individuals not listing team members will not be considered in this round.

  • Professional development - grants of up to $25,000
  • Funding will be provided for teams to support School- or Discipline-based Professional Development opportunities. Teams can apply for up to $25,000 with funds expended by mid-December 2018. Applicants should discuss potential in-kind support with their organisational unit before submitting an application. Note that applications from individuals not listing team members will not be considered in this round.

Applications open 3 August 2017.

Guidelines and FAQs

If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact SOTL@latrobe.edu.au.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to all La Trobe staff - academic staff (including sessional), and professional staff from Colleges and Central Divisions (such as ICT, LTLT and the Library).

The initial application is intended only to be brief and high level. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to expand on their application as part of the selection process.

What category of grants are available?

Projects

Funding will be provided for teams to undertake projects in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Applicants can apply for up to $25,000 with funds expended by mid-December 2018. Applicants should discuss potential in-kind support with their organisational unit before submitting an application. Note that applications from individuals not listing team members will not be considered in this round.

Professional Development

Funding will be provided for teams to support School- or Discipline-based Professional Development opportunities. Teams can apply for up to $25,000 with funds expended by mid-December 2018. Applicants should discuss potential in-kind support with their organisational unit before submitting an application. Note that applications from individuals not listing team members will not be considered in this round.

What can the funding be used for?

Projects

Funding may be used to support:

  • Personnel (including time buyout and consultants)
  • Travel
  • Resources
  • Evaluation
  • Dissemination

Professional Development

Funding may be used to support:

  • Personnel (including time buyout and consultants)
  • Travel (for members of the team, or to bring experts to La Trobe)
  • Training courses
  • Resources
  • Evaluation
  • Dissemination

The funding application must provide a breakdown of how the funds will be spent. Where travel is included in the funding request, justification must be provided as to why this travel is essential to the project or development activity and what alternatives to this travel may exist.

What is the selection criteria?

Project grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • the capacity to contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning at La Trobe, including one or more of the priority areas, shown in a measurable and testable way.
  • clearly articulated methodology and outcomes;
  • the feasibility of the proposal, including a realistic timeline, detailed budget (value for money), dissemination plan within La Trobe and an educationally sound rationale;
  • the capability of the team members and the team as a whole to achieve the proposed outcomes within the timeframe;
  • the potential for sharing and scaling findings and approaches across other Disciplines, Schools, Teaching and Learning Support Services or La Trobe-wide; and
  • the level of in-kind support provided.

Professional development grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • the capacity to contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning at La Trobe, including one or more of the priority areas, shown in a measurable and testable way.
  • clearly articulated activities and outcomes;
  • the feasibility of the proposal, including a realistic timeline, detailed budget (value for money), dissemination plan within La Trobe and an educationally sound rationale,
  • the capability of the team members and the team as a whole to gain the proposed capabilities;
  • the potential for sharing and scaling the outcomes from the professional development across other Disciplines, Schools, Teaching and Learning Support Services or La Trobe-wide; and
  • the level of in-kind support provided.

The capacity for the project to deliver publications is not essential but will be seen favorably in assessment of an application.

What are the Teaching and Learning Priorities I need to address in my application?

The priority for 2018 is the student experience. Projects should address:

  • student satisfaction;
  • the quality of teaching and learning; and/or
  • graduate employability.

Project applications should outline how the proposed activity will improve or enhance the student experience across these areas. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the questions used in the national Student Experience Survey as a guide when developing their application.

Priority will be given to projects that produce solutions that can be applied broadly across a range of disciplines or teaching and learning service and support areas at La Trobe. Projects that focus on dissemination of previous completed work across disciplines or teaching and learning service areas are also welcome.

What are the conditions?

1. Applications are to contain a budget for amounts up to $25,000 indicating how the funding will be used, e.g. technical and expert support, research and evaluation activities; or travel associated with the project’s conduct and/or dissemination. There is no minimum amount for the budget.

2. Funding must not duplicate funding provided from elsewhere.

3. Funded projects must be completed, and funding expended, within 2018. Any unspent funds will be returned to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fund.

4. The lead applicant is responsible for ensuring the expenditure of the funds is in accord with the budget presented in the application. Any variation requires approval from the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning.

5. A short final report is to be submitted by the middle of February 2019. The report is to summarise the approach taken, outcomes achieved, lessons learnt and include a budget expenditure statement. The final report will also outline how the project team has engaged with the reference group (for project grants).

What is a Reference Group and why do I need one?

Reference group members play an important advisory role in a project.

Project grant applications need to specify members of a reference group who must have already agreed to serve on this group. The reference group should include members who have appropriate expertise, complementing the project team’s capabilities to ensure there is constructive advice on the design, development and evaluation of the project and to ensure the project has maximum impact.

What is the application process?

  1. Download the Professional Development Grant Application [DOC49KB] or Project Grant Application [DOC49KB]
  2. Complete your application form as per the instructions included on the form. Please stay within the given page limits.
  3. Submit and attach your application by clicking the button below.
  4. Applications will be shortlisted by a selection panel. You might be required to provide the panel with further information in the form of a short elevator pitch. You will be advised if this is the case.