Changing the Course of Learning – FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

To where should the proposal be submitted?
All proposals should be submitted as a single PDF to Lauren Schlesselman, Associate Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, at In the single document should be included the submission form, the current syllabus for the course, acknowledgement from all faculty involved in the course of their commitment to the redesign, a letter of support from the department head, a detailed budget, and the proposal narrative.

Even though the course involves multiple faculty, can one faculty be in charge of the redesign project?
If preferred, one faculty can assume the lead of the redesign project but should provide updates and seek input from the other faculty member because all faculty involved in the course will need to implement the redesign in their sections of the course.

If the course has multiple sections, can 1 section be redesigned?
All sections of the course must be redesigned to provide similar learning experiences for students enrolled in the course.

What is allowed in the budget?
Awards are for 1 year and may vary in amount to a maximum of $30,000 per award. Less than 50% of the award may be applied to a faculty member’s ledger 2 research account, summer salary, or teaching assistant support. The remainder of the funds may be utilized for such expenses as technology or course resources.

How will grant winners be notified?
Winners will be notified via email in January when the Changing the Course of Learning review team has made their selections.

When do grant winners receive the funding?
The funding will be provided at the start of the redesign project in order have funding available to pay for redesign and course expenses.

For accepted proposals, what resources are available to assist in course redesign?
Faculty involved with accepted proposals are welcome to utilize additional resources provided by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning or any other area of the university. CETL provides training in areas pertaining to faculty development (such as writing learning objectives, presentation skills, active learning, and appropriate use of technology), instructional design, and educational technology training.

What should the interim report include?
Click here to the questions and reflections to be answered for the interim report.

What is the mid-course sharing event?
The mid-course sharing event will serve as an opportunity for award winners to present early findings of their redesign and its implementation, along with networking and collaboration. It will also serve as an opportunity for faculty who are planning to submit for the next cycle of grants to gain insight and ideas from previous award winners.

What should the final report include?
Click here to the questions and reflections to be answers for the final report.

What is included in dissemination of results?
At the dissemination of results event, all award winners will present findings of their redesign, including student outcomes, improvement of academic problems, and implementation. This will also serve as a celebration of a year of hard work to improve the education of students at the University of Connecticut.