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Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant

TLI Grant Overview 

The Berks Teaching & Learning Innovation (TLI) Grant promotes and supports student centered classroom learning initiatives through enhancement of new or existing courses. The TLI Grant can encompass (but is not limited to) the following areas:

  • Course Design (Face-to-face, Hybrid, Online)
  • Course Activities & Resources
  • Development of Custom Interactive Digital Learning Materials (Tutorials, Simulations, Games, Videos, Podcasts)
  • Integration of Instructional Technologies (Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Forums, ANGEL Integration)
  • Course Assessment and Evaluation (Quizzes, Surveys, Portfolios, Grading Rubrics)

The Grant assists instructors in identifying appropriate instructional approaches and employing appropriate educational technologies which will align with course learning goals and objectives. Additionally, the Grant assists instructors in identifying and implementing appropriate assessment methods to determine the effectiveness of their Grant projects. Some of the possible demonstrated outcomes of the TLI Grants will include:

  • Increased student engagement with course content
  • Enhanced student learning and retention
  • Ability to replicate to other course sections
  • Reduced course costs and resources
  • Improved utilization of course resources
  • Alignment with the college's current strategic plan

TLI Grant Faculty Outcomes

The awarded Grant recipients will share their experience with the campus community to promote and foster innovation in teaching and learning. A 2-4 page report will be published on the Center for Learning & Teaching (CLT) website as a resource for the campus community. Additionally, recipients will have opportunities to present their completed projects at campus symposiums and special events. 

Review assessment reports from previous grant recipients. Read reports » 

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The TLI Grant Process

Preparation Phase – The CLT staff will consult with applicants to review TLI grant details.

Design & Development Phase – The CLT staff will act as the primary point of contact for each grant recipient to assist with the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the awarded grant.

Available Resources

Upon approval, faculty members will be eligible for the following resources:

  • $500 - $3500 to pay for student hours, applicable supplemental compensation or release time, applicable computing hardware or software needs 
  • CLT student intern (maximum of 50 hours over life of project)

Application is a 2-step Process

  1. Consult - As a first step, you must contact the Interim Director of the Center for Learning & Teaching, Tricia Clark at TKC3@psu.edu or (610) 396-6349 to schedule a meeting at which you will share the details of your proposal. During this consultation, you will be asked to share responses to questions listed on our Grant Planning Sheet. (Download Grant Planning Sheet
  2. Apply - After your initial consultation, complete and submit your application to Tricia Clark's office by December 6, 2013. E-mail the Application Form (see link below) to Tricia (TKC3@psu.edu) with the subject: TLI Grant Proposal.


The TLI Grant proposals will be evaluated by the Grant Advisory Board Committee on the following ten criteria:

  • Followed all application steps
  • Number of students impacted
  • Targets teaching and learning challenges
  • Utilizes appropriate instructional approaches
  • Utilizes appropriate educational technologies
  • Exhibits potential to improve student learning and/or retention
  • Utilizes appropriate assessment methods
  • Replicates to other courses
  • Feasibility wih college's resources
  • Aligns with college's strategic plan

Project Timelines

TLI Grant design and development will typically begin the semester after the Grant is approved, with implementation beginning the following semester.

Application Form

Download the Application Form as PDF or DOCX:

  • PDF Form » 
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  • DOCX Form »

Save your completed form as "YourName_TLIgrant" and e-mail it to Tricia Clark (TKC3@psu.edu) or print and deliver to Tricia's office.

(To save, from your browser, click "File/Save As." Save the completed form to your computer as YourName_TLIgrant. Attach the document to an e-mail message.)

For additional information about the TLI Grant, contact Tricia Clark (TKC3@psu.edu), ext. 6341.