Classroom Innovation Grants
Faculty may apply to the Teaching Excellence Program for funds to support classroom innovation. Grants of up to $2000 may be used to pilot changes to a course or to employ new techniques. This may include but is not limited to:
-developing digital or online content for a course
-adopting active learning modules for a class
-testing new approaches to enhance the effectiveness of your pedagogy
-purchasing a new a piece of equipment that will be used in the classroom
-providing an honorarium to an external teaching consultant or student assistant
Funds cannot be used for faculty stipends or food purchases.
Ownership of Items Purchased with Classroom Innovation Grant Funds
Items and equipment purchased with grant funds belong to Lewis & Clark. All institutional policies regarding capital equipment, purchasing, and procurement apply. This includes computer equipment that is purchased as part of a Classroom Innovation Grant. As such, the Teaching Excellence Program performs a physical inventory of equipment at the end of each academic year to verify existence, condition, and accuracy of records. At the time of inventory, the awardee may request to continue use of the item by completing a simple Inventory & Renewal form. In the event that the faculty or staff decides not to continue use of the item, it should be returned to the Teaching Excellence Program so that it may be loaned to another member of the College.
Required Participation at Innovation Institute
Faculty who receive classroom innovation funds will participate in the TEP Innovation Institute by being a member of a round table discussion or by giving a brief presentation where they discuss their innovation, whether or not they found it effective, and how they plan to continue.
The following are just a few ways faculty have used TEP funds to bring innovation to their classrooms and departments:
-funds to support the labor and materials costs to create instructional videos
-anatomical models and mats for the Dance program
-student labor costs for assessment activities
-honorarium for guest speakers and consultants
-tabletop white boards for group discussions
-software and external hard-drives