The Office of the Provost has announced the list of successful applications to the 2017 Curriculum Development Fund.
Launched in June 2017, the fund will inject over $1 million in to curriculum development and renewal projects at the University over the next three years. It is intended to provide systematic support to departmental teams as they undertake the research, analysis, dialogue, planning, documentation, and marketing that go into successful program development.
There were 41 applications for projects: 26 have been granted Stage 1 funding for research and analysis. Final funding for the actual development of programs will be determined based on the teams’ findings regarding program demand and feasibility.
“Our goal is to help departments with the ‘heavy lifting’ that goes into program development,” says provost Douglas Kneale. “The process of developing programs at Ontario universities has become increasingly complex and competitive over the last decade, and we see the Curriculum Development Fund as an important way to assist departments with this important work. Both the level of engagement and the quality of submissions have been very impressive.”
The 26 successful proposals explore a wide range of new program possibilities in education, science, nursing, kinesiology, engineering, business, the humanities, and the social sciences. While many are exploring the feasibility of new programs, others are focused on incorporating high-impact practices and new ideas and content into existing programs. Project teams will meet in early January for a preliminary information exchange.