Mini-Grant

DCAL's Experiential Learning Mini-Grant program supports faculty in transforming assignments or projects contained within an academic course and creating opportunities for students to engage in intentional, reflective, and applied learning experiences. 

Mini-Grant Overview

DCAL's Experiential Learning Mini-Grant program supports faculty in transforming assignments or projects contained within an academic course and creating opportunities for students to engage in intentional, reflective, and applied learning experiences. Grant recipients will receive both financial and learning design resources to enhance assignments in order to engage students more deeply in complex problem solving, creative thinking, collaborative work, and integrative learning. Proposals will be reviewed and funding up to $5,000 per course will be awarded on a rolling basis each term. Applications are welcome at any time.

Examples

Funds may be applied to a wide variety of projects. including but not limited to:

  • Covering the cost of studio or workshop fees for students
  • Supporting students in publishing or presenting scholarly work associated with the course
  • Obtaining materials for student projects
  • Bringing students on field trips or site visits
  • Inviting experts to campus to engage with students

Funding Process

In  each case, funds must be utilized to cover costs associated with the assignment or project. This could include materials, travel costs, equipment, admission or registration fees, honoraria, etc. Project proposals must include specific cost estimates for project expenses. Faculty may combine this award with other funding sources at the College. Grant recipients may request up to $5,000 for their projects. Once approved for funding, faculty are expected to coordinate project spending with their departments so that costs are paid up front by the department and then reimbursed by DCAL at the conclusion of the project. The funding for all projects is tied to the present fiscal year. As a result, the deadline for all project reimbursements is June 15th, 2018.

Expectations

Each project is expected to collaborate with an assigned learning design partner to create their revised project/assignment in accordance with the National Society for Experiential Education's (NSEE) Principles of Good Practice. As a part of that collaboration, each project team will develop a plan for integrating critical reflection and assessing student learning. Project participants will be asked to complete program evaluations and given an opportunity to engage in an experiential learning showcase event with other faculty, students, and partners on campus.