Grant Opportunity: Investigating Student Learning

U-M Faculty, are you interested in...

  • evaluating the impact of innovative teaching strategies in your courses?
  • using academic data to understand and improve student learning?
  • supporting your department's assessment efforts by documenting how students learn key concepts?
  • presenting or publishing research about your teaching?

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If so, you might want to apply for an Investigating Student Learning (ISL) Grant from CRLT. Applications are due January 21. These grants fund faculty or faculty-student teams who wish to investigate aspects of student learning in U-M courses or departments.

Recent winners' projects are quite varied, including studies of students' online collaboration in Engineering team projects, development of leadership skills in Women's Studies service learning placements, and use of patient care simulations in Nursing courses. You can browse winning projects from the past six years at this link

photo of 2 people discussing posterMany ISL recipients publish their studies or apply for larger external grants, using their ISL research as "seed funding." Past winners have also leveraged their ISL work in their applications for the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP). Examples include Michael Hortsch (Cell and Developmental Biology/Medical School), who studied SecondLook, a study aid he developed to let learners self-test their ability to recognize visual structures and interpret their significance.

Awards of $3000 are available for individual faculty members, and grants of $4000 are available to teams including a faculty member and graduate student or postdoc. In addition to financial support, this grant offers CRLT assistance for project design, including IRB approval. 

You can find complete information, including application guidelines and examples of past projects, on our ISL Grants page. The deadline to apply is 4pm on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. 

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