Teaching Innovation Grants 2022-2023

Battle Hall UT

2022-2023 Grantees


Maura Borrego

Mechanical Engineering

Disability Accommodations in Engineering

Chikako Cooke

Asian Studies

Creating OER Japanese 1st Year Language Materials

Milica Cudina


A Fresh Approach to Financial Mathematics for Actuaries

Maggie Gemmell

Germanic Studies

Redesigning Online German Courses to Promote Engaging Asynchronous Language Use

M.J. Johns

Computer Science

How to Teach a 200 person Class like a 20 Person Class

Cynthia LaBrake

Molecular Biosciences

Using Canvas New Quizzes to build assessment of program learning outcomes into course level assessments

Ji Ma

LBJ School of Public Affairs

Studying the knowledge interaction in different languages using computational social science methods

Viranga Perera


Developing On Location Videos to Showcase Authentic Physics Applications in the Biomedical Sciences

Veronica Young

Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education

Preparing Health Professions Learners for Dual Identify Development Using the Interprofessional Socialization Framework



The Center for Teaching and Learning invites proposals from UT Austin instructors to develop or scale innovations in their teaching/courses. Innovations mean very different things depending on the course and the instructor and we hope to encourage you to pursue something that is new FOR YOU. These grants are to give instructors at all levels time over the summer to develop something new in a course to be taught either Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. The grantee will be awarded $3,000 to work on their innovation over the summer semester. A reflection report will be submitted after the innovation has been implemented and we request the recipients facilitate a short workshop to present findings to other faculty.


The Center for Teaching and Learning’s mission is to drive innovation focusing on teaching for student success. To that end, we have curated a set of Eight Principles of Effective Teaching that can be used as a framework to innovate teaching methodologies. These principles were constructed through synthesizing recent research on best practices to increase student learning and support student success with input from various faculty committees. To enable instructors to have time to develop areas of their courses that they wish to innovate, the Center for Teaching and Learning is offering a summer stipend to instructors who choose one or more of the principles from the Eight Principles of Effective Teaching they wish to develop in one of their courses. Here are the eight principles with some examples of how they might be utilized to innovate your course.

  1. Deliberate and intentional planning: e.g. aligning course design, diversifying resources, identifying barriers and developing solutions
  2. Construction of knowledge: e.g.scaffolding learning, choosing resources that are more accessible or affordable
  3. Active engagement in learning: e.g. developing activities that help students understand more deeply
  4. Relevance to disciplinary experiences: e.g.experiences that help students think like a practitioner
  5. Use of assessment data and feedback: e.g.developing a variety of methods to assess student learning or give feedback
  6. Shared responsibility for learning: e.g.giving more responsibility to students for their own learning
  7. Learning from peers: e.g.developing projects where students learn together
  8. Establish and support a class climate that fosters belonging for all students: e.g. adapting materials and resources that students can identify with


Proposals are evaluated by a review committee that will score proposals on the following factors.


Proposals should state the Principle from the Eight Principles of Effective Teaching that has been chosen, clearly explain the innovation and how student learning is enhanced by the innovation. The proposal should identify goals, describe a plan of how the goals will be met, and include measurements of success. 


These grants are intended to have a positive impact on student learning and success. High-scoring proposals will include the quality of the innovation and documentation of the process that students experience throughout the course including successes and obstacles. (For example, through journals, blog posts, photographs, video, student products etc.) Include the impact of the innovation to your course that, without this grant, would otherwise not occur.


It will be an expectation that grantees document their student learning and submit a brief final report on their reflections and assessment of results. This can be in written or video format. After the course has been taught, awardees will develop a short presentation of the process and student experience to share with other faculty. In this section describe how your innovation will be shared/disseminated with other instructors.


Any UT Austin instructor, individually or in teams, may submit a proposal. Proposals must be submitted via our Qualtrics form. A letter/email of approval from the applicant’s Chair or Director is required. Questions about grants and the application process may also be directed to Anne Braseby.

Applications must be submitted for review by April 3, 2022.


Funds will be transferred to grantees’ departmental account. $3000 will be awarded for work to be completed in the Summer semester 2022. Other small amounts of necessary funding will be considered, such as research assistants, materials or supplies or other necessary costs including publications, meeting costs, or conference participation consistent with relevant departmental, college, or University policy, Regents’ rules, and Texas state law.