Advancing Teaching and Learning in Arts & Science (ATLAS)
We invite proposals from Arts & Science units for ATLAS, the funding mechanism for supporting a wide range of unit-level teaching and learning initiatives within the Faculty.
New this year:
- STEP Forward initiatives will be funded through ATLAS, rather than a separate call, to provide a single application process for both STEP activities and other teaching & learning proposals.
- Support for significant enhancements to and innovation in larger graduate courses will be available through ATLAS.
- ATLAS will be available for both smaller and larger scale funding needs, and will have two rounds of applications, as detailed below.
Advancing Teaching and Learning in Arts & Science (ATLAS) – Call for Proposals
The standing mandate of ATLAS is to support proposals that:
- Enable exemplary and innovative teaching that incorporates leading pedagogical approaches that is guided by and contributes to a body of evidence-based effective practices.
- Foster the ongoing renewal of courses and programs to address the evolving needs of students, and to incorporate new disciplinary perspectives and emerging interdisciplinary areas
- Encourage student engagement in research and other active learning experiences, and in forging connections to local, national, and international communities.
- Enrich and support student transitions between stages of their undergraduate education, and strengthen connections between their academic studies and life beyond university.
- Enrich the learning experiences of our students by developing and deploying technologically-enhanced tools and innovations to enable new modes of interaction.
- rethinking teaching and learning goals and activities within tutorials, especially in large classes;
- building research teams that include undergraduate and graduate students and faculty;
- scalable approaches to career-integrated or community-engaged learning;
- opportunities for graduate students to engage more deeply with undergraduate teaching;
- embedding support for student transitions into, through and beyond their undergraduate courses and programs.
ATLAS funding is available to support small and large-scale initiatives. Proposals should indicate which level of funding they are seeking:
o Navigator grants:
- Support smaller-scale or pilot initiatives (maximum $5,000; one-time only); OR
- Support costs associated with STEP Forward template activities (b2B, Welcome to the Program, professional skills workshops). See detailed information about template activities online at: http://stepforward.artsci.utoronto.ca/faculty-staff/adapt-an-activity-template
o Elevation grants: Support larger scale projects (over $5,000) that are a one-time initiative, or a one-to-two-year pilot project with a view to continuation if successful. Proposals are expected to be well-integrated into long-term unit-level curricular goals, with clear anticipated outcomes that can be evaluated.
NB: Projects can be reviewed with the dean's office to discuss sustainability plans.
ATLAS proposals may be submitted in either:
- Round 1 – Deadline: Monday, November 14th OR
- Round 2 – Deadline: Friday, February 17th
Proposals should be developed with in accordance with the ATLAS guidelines. All proposals should be submitted online. The guidelines and online submission form is available at:
Units that are considering are considering developing a proposal are encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice Dean, Teaching & Learning to discuss their preliminary ideas and/or goals. Support is available to assist you in developing a proposal. Questions about potential or planned proposals, the proposal guidelines, the submission process, and/or requests for proposal development support should be directed to Thuy Huynh, Teaching & Learning Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional funding to support teaching and learning initiatives in the Faculty of Arts & Science include:
Successful ATLAS Proposals