Learning Innovation Unit - trategic Acitivites - 2006 Call

Learning Innovation Unit

DCU Student Learning Agreements (SLA): 2005/2006
Call for Funding

Issued: 09/05/06
Closing: 02/06/06
Reference: LIU/2005-2006/Student Learning Agreements


As part of the roll out of the Learning Innovation Strategic Plan, in particular addressing issues of improving the first year experience, we wish to invite applications to introduce Student Learning Agreements on a pilot basis. Such agreements provide students with opportunities to discuss their programme, modes of study, learning pathways, options, electives etc with a designed staff member. With this support students can develop an 'agreement' to allow them to better understand the opportunities, options and requirements of their particular programme. The Learning Innovation Unit (through funding from the Strategic Agreement) invites applications for support in piloting Student Learning Agreements. Funding will be made available for implementation of pilots in this area from October 2006. Applications must be made using the form below. As funding is limited applications will be evaluated based on the extent to which an area feels they can genuinely improve the first year student experience. An information session on Student Learning Agreements will be held on May 17th at 12:30 in VBG12. Queries regarding this paper or the session to martina.crehan@DCU.ie

Application Form

Fields marked with an asterisk (*must be filled in.

You are strongly encouraged to prepare all required information first using a suitable word processing package or text editor, so that you can save this information, and thus protect against any technical problems which may occur during online submission. The information can then be copied and pasted into the appropriate sections below. Note that only "plain" text information will be retained in the form: so any complex formatting (fonts, colours, images, etc.) will be lost. learning.innovation@DCU.ie.

When all the appropriate information has been pasted in, please activate the Submit button below the form.

1. Applicant(s)

*Principal Applicant:
*School or Unit:
*Email Address:

2. Current Personal Tutor System

Briefly outline the current Personal Tutor System(or equivalent) that operates in your School or Programme

3. Student Learning Agreements

Please indicate the benefits you perceive will result from the introduction of Student Learning Agreements, including existing issues you will be addressing

4. Model For Funding

From the list below, please indicate in the space provided which model you wish to be funded

Model A: Personal Learning Agreements with the context of the Personal Tutor System(individual meetings)

Model B: Timetabled Group Personal Tutoring Sessions

Model C: Individual Module Learning Contracts

5. Additional Applicants

Please indicate any additional applicants in your School or Programme who will be involved in the pilot

6. Implementation Agreement

Please explain how you Agreement to implement the pilot, including how the project will be carried out, by whom, & how it will enhance the first year experience of the relevant students.

7. Evaluation

Please indicate when and how you intend to evaluate the pilot

8. Resources Required

Please provide a detailed breakdown of the anticipated costs of the project.

You should include staff costs, training needs and any additional support mechanisms required

9. Other Information

10. Submission

When all the required information has been filled in, please activate the Submit button below.

Provided the form has been filled in appropriately, your application will be recorded, and a confirmation page should be displayed in your browser. You should also receive an automatic email acknowledgement, including a copy of all the data you have entered. This should arrive within a few minutes, though at worst it may be delayed up to an hour or so. If you do not receive this, or all the entered data is not present, or if you have any other problem or question relating to your application, please contact learning.innovation@DCU.ie.