Research Grant Proposal Workshop hosted by Teaching and Learning Office
The objective of the workshop was to attract more academics in CLMS to apply for either the Teaching and Learning Competitive Research Grant or the Teaching Innovations and Quality Enhancement Grant, both of which are administered by UTLO.
Unlike previous years when a generic workshop was offered to staff, this year UKZN Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr Rubby Dhunpath, asked College Dean of Teaching and Learning, Professor Kriben Pillay, to host the workshop in a way that made it more relevant to the College academics.
Dr Shaun Ruggunan of the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, and a recent recipient of the Teaching and Learning Competitive Research Grant, was asked to lead the workshop based on his experience of successfully applying for the grant.
Dr Angela James of the School of Education, and former acting Director of the CLMS Teaching and Learning Unit, co-facilitated the workshop.
In their presentations, both Rugganan and James emphasised the value of researching one’s own teaching practice and how this aligned with the objectives of the grants, which are to foster the scholarship of teaching and learning and enhancing teaching quality and innovations.
‘In an exercise to initiate ideas for possible research projects, it was very evident that the academics present wanted to research areas that directly impacted on the quality of learning and student success,’ said Pillay. ‘We intend having follow-up sessions with those who now want to develop research proposals, and we welcome submissions even from those who could not attend.’