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Centre for Teaching & Learning

Centre for Teaching & Learning

Wickerson Foundation Fund

for Educational Leadership & Universal Design

The Wickerson Foundation Fund for Educational Leadership and Universal Design is an internal grant designed to support innovative projects that strengthen Trent University’s inclusive teaching and to support professional development for first year faculty and pedagogical research. The aim of the Wickerson Foundation Fund is to remove barriers to learning, which can be visible and invisible, and to promote authentic inclusion for all students. Barriers to learning can include disability, socio-economic status, implicit bias, and stigma. To address these barriers, faculty could consider the needs of all learners through course design, learning experiences, assessments, and the learning environment.

Proposals should address curriculum modification or enhancements and integrate the principles of universal design for learning (UDL). UDL is a framework that guides the design of courses and learning environments to support the largest number of learners. The three guiding principles are multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation of content, and multiple means of action and expression. Please see Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education for examples, particularly pages 11-16. All successful award recipients will receive ongoing course design and learning assessment design support from the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Project Proposal

In order to apply for the Wickerson Foundation Fund for Educational Leadership and Universal Design, candidates are asked to complete the application form with the following information:

  • Title of proposal
  • Applicant(s) information, including name, title, department, email address, and phone number
  • Project Outline
  • Project Goals, including the needs, gaps, and/or challenges being addressed in a first-year course;
  • Project Description, including an evidence-based approach to project design, methods, activities, and impact assessments
  • Detailed Timelines for the project over the course of 12 months
  • Proposed Budget that outlines all projected expenses

Candidates are asked to attach the following documents to the application form:

  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement 
  • Two Letters of Support (potential letter writers could include Department Chairs, Deans, colleagues, or students)

Examples of eligible expenses

  • Part-time casual wages for teaching assistance in the classroom (individuals internal to the university; maximum rate of pay based on collective agreements)
  • Honoraria (individuals external to the university)
  • Expenses related to equipment, resources, and supplies (such as technology applications orsite licenses for open publishing)
  • Experiential opportunities for students that meet UDL principles
  • Professional development for faculty on UDL
  • Consultations with specialists in UDL
  • Honoraria for students to participate in focus groups related to UDL related curriculum modification or enhancements

Examples of ineligible expenses

  • Instructor personal use technology (laptops, tablets)
  • Marking support

A final report must be submitted after the project is complete, and no later than August 1 following the academic year of funding. The final report must include a financial statement, and address the following questions: 

  • How did the UDL project impact teaching?
  • How did the UDL project impact students and student learning?
  • How could the outcomes of the project be incorporated into regular academic programming?
  • How could the outcomes of the innovation be shared with peers?

Funds Available
2019-2020: Two awards of $4000 each.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019. Successful applications will be announced in early April of 2019.

Research Ethics
All projects that involve research on human subjects require approval from the Research Ethics Board (REB) before funding can be released. Ethics Approval application forms are available from the Office of Research; a copy of the notice of approval from the REB must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning gillianbalfour@trentu.ca.

Additional Resources
Application Form 2019
Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education