Information on projects that have been funded by CHERP since 2009.
CHERP offers occasional funding for projects on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), with the objective of enhancing teaching practices and the student experience
Active Learning Projects (2014 - 2016)
CHERP is working in partnership with faculties to generate and support a number of Active Learning Projects.
These pilot projects will provide the opportunity to create innovative evidence-informed practice which will inform future approaches to active learning in our new learning spaces on each campus.
Past funding opportunities
CHERP Development Fund (2009-2013)
The Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice established a fund to support projects that will contribute to the realisation of the University of Ulster's Teaching and Learning Strategy 2008/09-2012/13 and Learning and Teaching Strategy 2013/14-2017/18.
- Funding Round 5 (2012/13)
- Funding Round 4 (2011/12)
- Funding Round 3 (2010/11)
- Funding Round 2 (2009/10)
- Funding Round 1 (2009)
The fund was designed to:
- support curriculum developments, learning and teaching research, and other innovations which will enhance the quality of students' learning experience and/or enrich the learning and teaching research evidence-base;
- provide individuals with the opportunity to engage in and collaborate on learning and teaching developments with colleagues;
- recognise existing staff expertise, and identify and encourage fresh talent;
- disseminate good practice to the wider university community.
More than 50 projects have received funding to carry out a wide range of innovative practices, curriculum development and research. In each round we received over twenty applications with many being at a high standard. This means that there were a number of proposals from interesting projects that were unsuccessful in reaching the rankings where funding was awarded.
Projects that were ranked highly were those that met the criteria by demonstrating:
- an awareness of and linkages to previous relevant scholarship in teaching and learning;
- how the outcomes of their project would benefit/ transfer to the wider T&L community within Ulster;
- well-developed dissemination and evaluation strategies;
- evidence of moving forward initiatives that would meet the aims of the Teaching and Learning Strategy in innovative ways;
- value for money demonstrated by justifiable costs;
- an achievable timescale for project activities;
- sustainability once project funding ended.
Technology Facilitated Learning Development Programme (2009 - 2013)
The TFL Development Programme was a comprehensive design scheme, enabling academic and support staff to develop a teaching project through a series of structured practical timely workshops, with support and advice from staff from the Department of Technology Facilitated Learning and the Centre of Higher Education Practice.
The theme for 2012/13 was "Assessment and Feedback for Learning' and was aligned to Ulster's Principles of Assessment and Feedback for Learning initiative.
The main benefit of the Programme was protected time to participate in a series of scheduled programme interventions, enabling practitioners to gain advice and support from TFL staff to develop an effective assessment strategy.
Successful applicants were encouraged, supported and had an opportunity to:
- Implement Ulster's Principles of Assessment and Feedback for Learning into their practice;
- Engage in a creative design workshop to design an effective assessment and feedback solution;
- Explore the effective application of technology to support the delivery of your design;
- Build a community of practice to share ideas and exchange views regarding technology that can help deliver assessment and feedback effectively and efficiently;
- Share and disseminate their experiences of effective 'assessment and feedback' practice to a wider institutional audience through Ulster's Centre of Higher Education Practice Events;
- Contribute to an Institutional collection of teaching and learning case studies to engage and inspire others;
- Disseminate practice to peers in the wider Higher Education Community;
- Use this programme as a stepping stone to apply for further funding e.g. CHEP Project Funds, HEA and JISC funding opportunities.
The programme was based on rapid prototyping model and project principles guiding staff from the design stage of their development through to delivery and evaluation. This was achieved through the following scheduled events:
- Stage 1: A Briefing Session
- Stage 2: Creative Workshop
- Stage 3: Developmental Support Meetings
- Stage 4: Evaluation and Planning Workshop
- Stage 5: Teaching Delivery Support
- Stage 6: Writing Up your Project for Dissemination Workshop
We felt the programme provided access to the latest technological developments available within the University that facilitated our thinking and provided practical support to implement our chosen solution.
Steve McPeake, School of Management, Ulster Business School
The programme was application based and called for teams across or within; faculties / support departments / schools who were responsible for the student learning experience including academic staff, academic related staff.