Connect Learning Grant and Course Development Program

UNT Career Connect is pleased to offer a summer Connect Learning Grant and Course Development Program for faculty members who are interested in designing or redesigning a course to integrate experiential and/or service-learning components while cultivating marketable skills (communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and social or personal responsibility) in our students. A teaching grant ($500-$2500) will be offered in recognition of the significant time investments of this program.*

About

Open to UNT faculty from all academic disciplines for undergraduate coursework, this program is designed to be completed almost completely online in an interactive format with bi-weekly remote meetings. Additionally, an orientation will take place to start the program and a closing presentation to celebrate experiences. Two development tracks are available:

  1. Experiential Learning: This expedited development program will help transform existing or planned coursework to encourage “learning by doing” in which the individual’s active learning process is at the center of course planning.
  2. Service-Learning: A more rigorous experience, this program will focus on developing existing or planned coursework beyond experiential opportunities to a broader community-based learning experience in which both the individual student’s learning experience as well as the experience of the recipient are weighed equally in the course design process.

Experiential Learning

Service-Learning & Community Engaged Learning

Joint Orientation: Friday, May 21, 2021

4-Week Online Program

May 24-June 18

6-Week Online Program

May 24-July 2

Program includes:

- Course development resources and opportunities related to experiential learning pedagogy, reflection, instructional approaches for skills development, and UNT ePortfolio best practices.
- Opportunities for collaboration via online discussion board prompts and assignments.
- Individual consultations as needed with one mandatory meeting in August to prepare for new semester.

Program includes:

- Resources to engage community-based organizations into curricular plans.
- Course development resources and opportunities related to service-learning pedagogy, the role of reflection, methods to develop and measure skill growth in students, and UNT ePortfolio best practices.
- Opportunities for collaboration via online discussion board prompts and assignments
- Individual consultations as needed with one mandatory meeting in August to prepare for new semester.

Program Showcase & Reunion: Fall Semester, TBD

Expected Time Commitment

3-5 hours/week

Expected Time Commitment

4-6 hours/week

Academic Year Expectations

- Deliver the redesigned course for a minimum of 2 semesters between the 21/22 and 22/23 academic years.
- Complete Career Connect requirements (assessment of skills in addition to course grades).

 

Application Procedure

Applications can be submitted online and are due by May 10th.

Faculty may apply individually or as teams. We seek applicants who are committed to engaging with best practices in experiential and/or service-learning frameworks by transforming their courses to focus on both curricular and employable skill development. We are especially interested in courses that have broad impacts for undergraduate students (for example, large section first year courses).

Applications include a request for:

  • A brief proposal
  • Course Syllabus or Curriculum Committee Course proposal
  • Acknowledgement from department chair
     

*Contingent on Chair and Provost pre-approval