The Academy for Teaching Development promotes teachers who are committed to the high quality of academic teaching at our University. That is why the funding line ‘Innovation in Teaching’ is made available to all full-time employees of the University who are involved in teaching. Projects to be funded are those which aim at:
- carrying out out an innovative teaching concept for the first time;
- expanding successfully implemented department-specific teaching concepts to other departments;
- integrating successfully tested innovative teaching concepts into the curriculum in the long term.
In the present funding line, projects may be funded with up to €15,000.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:
- temporary increase of working hours for a teaching associate (based on the collective agreement TV-L) to carry out the teaching project;
- fixed-term employment of graduate assistants and student assistants or tutors to support the teaching project;
- project-based material resources if they are indispensable for the implementation of the specific teaching project and are stated in the proposal accordingly;
- Conceptually based teaching assignments
- costs for the documentation and publication of project-specific results, in particular regarding the influence of the innovative teaching project and the experiences gained in the project.
The criteria, which are given special consideration when assessing the proposals, are based on the objectives of the funding line:
- Innovation: The project to be funded should be innovative. This may refer to the further development of established teaching forms and to the testing of new teaching concepts. It also implies putting a new content-related emphasis on the teaching.
- Sustainability: Firstly, the project may be of experimental nature. Provided the experiment is successful, the sustainability of the teaching innovation should, however, be guaranteed. Sustainability may be achieved, for instance, by providing a stable financial concept for the continuation of the project, through changes within the study programme, or through the development of re-usable teaching formats or teaching materials that can be used in the long term.
- Transferability: After the project phase / test phase, it should be possible to transfer the project to a larger or different group of participants, or to other departments. Furthermore, the project should advance teaching within the department or beyond.
Would you like to apply for funding for your teaching project?
Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.