Teaching and learning grants

In late 2014, the First Year Success - Teaching and Learning grants initiative was launched.  First year unit coordinators and their teaching teams were invited to apply for grants up to $4000 in the area of engaging and teaching students in first year units.

The initiative is part of the university-wide Student Retention Project – Targeted First Year Academic Approach which aims to support and empower staff to develop and implement new academic strategies to more effectively engage students and thus address current rates of attrition and disengagement.

Transition Pedagogy principles (Kift, 2009) are being used as a guiding framework for thinking and talking about effective teaching and learning strategies in the areas of:

  • Transition
  • Diversity
  • Curriculum Design
  • Engagement
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation and Monitoring.

Grant recipients 2014

RecipientProject title
Rob WolffGetting EcStatic about Statics:  Making a great first impression (and second...and third...)
Janice CatterallBuilding retention:  Teaching strategies for academic integrity amongst International students
Marilynne KirshbaumEngagement of external students in online learning:  Scoping the knowledge field for first year Bachelor of Nursing and Health Science students
Joe McIntyreLaw Students' Research Handbook
Henrik PallosLaboratory and Hospital Numeracy Videos Supporting First Year Students in Healthcare Situations
Sue MooreEngaging in Social Work and Human Services:  Connecting first year social work and human service students with a sense of professional identity
Gretchen GengTapping into the teaching experiences of fourth year pre-service teachers to increase support and reduce stress for students in their first year
Vinuthaa MurthyPreparing for First year Chemistry

Grant recipients 2015

RecipientProject title
Virginia Skinner"Call the Midwifery student": Students engaging in role plays of coronial cases
Simon MossThe Magic of Magic: The Application of Magic Tricks to Foster Learning and Engagement

Related documents

Guidelines (PDF 464KB)
Transition Pedagogy (PDF 160KB)
Application (DOCX 35KB)

For further information contact:

Cheryl Galpin
Project Officer (LEBA)
T: 08 8946 6611
E: cheryl.galpin@cdu.edu.au