2022 Spark Initiative - Change One Thing and Do it Well
The CTL 2022 SPARK Initiative is funded by the Office of the Dean of Teaching and Learning. It follows on from the successful initiation last year. This 2022 SPARK initiative aims to support individual staff in implementing small-scale teaching and learning projects aligned to the theme ‘Change one thing and do it well’. The idea is to consider an aspect of teaching and learning you would like to enhance or initiate and begin with a starter project that creates opportunity to build on the initiative beyond the funding timeframe. Examples of last year’s projects are available in the 2021 SPARK Initiative report
This year, there is a total fund of €10,000 available and individuals can apply for funding of between €250 and €1,000. Individuals are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and students, where possible.
Suggested themes for projects could include:
- enhancing student engagement
- promoting a positive learning environment for a module/course
- community building within and between modules/programmes
- authentic assessment and feedback initiatives
- enhancing learning in the online space
- supporting student learning
- enhancing inclusive learning
Who Can Apply?
This funding call is open to all MU staff involved in teaching activities. We particularly encourage staff new to teaching and/or those who have not previously received funding through CTL to apply.
Staff are also encouraged to involve students in the project team and staff reporting on last year’s SPARK initiatives highlighted that this aspect greatly enhanced the quality and impact of their projects. See the 2021 SPARK Initiative Report below for examples of last year's funded projects.
SPARK Initiative Report - Change One Thing and Do It Well: SPARK Initiative Report