Frequently Asked Questions

Is there one approach to inquiry based learning?

Inquiry based learning can be achieved through diverse pedagogies inside and outside the classroom. The appropriate pedagogy depends on many factors, including the instructor, the content, the learning objectives, available resources, and the size of the course.

Our department offers multiple majors and minors. Should we submit a proposal for all programs or select one?

We would like proposals for one program only to allow for focused assessment of the curriculum and high-impact modifications that will allow for the development of inquiry based skills and provide a clear path for students.

We have multiple ideas to enhance our curriculum, but they will exceed the value of the grant. Would the committee consider more than one proposal?

The committee will consider only one proposal per major/area major/interdisciplinary minor. Faculty should offer a comprehensive view of their vision for enhancing the inquiry based learning pathway and lay out the stages by which they foresee implementation.

How long has the university guaranteed funding for QEP initiatives?

Funding is set aside through 2021.

If we receive a planning grant, will we be guaranteed to receive a development and enhancement grant the following year?

While we cannot guarantee subsequent grant support, the purpose of the planning grants is to provide the time and resources to develop a competitive proposal that will receive funding.

If we receive a development and enhancement grant, will we be eligible to receive funding in subsequent years?

Yes, departments can apply annually for funding to sustain a project or initiate another.

When should I request a Graduate Fellow in Inquiry Based Learning rather than support for a graduate student in my department?

If you would like the graduate student to assist with the development, implementation, or assessment of inquiry based learning within your department, you should request a fellow who will be trained in inquiry based learning and supported by the Office of Inquiry Based Learning as they work with you. When possible, we will try to train a graduate student in your discipline to serve in this role.

If you would like the graduate student to serve as a grader to free up faculty time to work on curriculum assessment and planning, you should ask for funding to pay one of your own graduate students.