The Odyssey Grant funds faculty to attend professional development conferences or workshops, where they can learn about active learning techniques. The application is now open, with a rolling deadline. Educational conferences will have priority over educational sessions at a conference that is research focused. See a list of suggested conferences at shsu.edu/qep or contact PACE with questions.
What is an Odyssey Grant?
Odyssey grants are available to faculty who attend active learning professional development workshop opportunities. These grants will be set aside for faculty to take advantages of these opportunities to learn more about active learning either in a specific discipline, or a specific technique.
These range from regularly scheduled workshop opportunities such as:
- the eight annual Lilly conferences and institutes held across the country which share and model a scholarly approach to teaching and learning
- the four annual workshops on inquiry-based learning in mathematics sponsored by the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning
- the several POGIL workshops held each year to introduce and experience Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning
- the STEMwrite Institute, a multi-day a sequenced workshop in faculty in the biological sciences develop brief, high-impact writing prompts to implement in large-enrollment introductory biology courses.
- The National Great Teachers movement hosts conferences and workshops for both face-to-face and online pedagogy, including the Great Teachers Leadership Summit.
- The International Writing Across the Curriculum conference in 2020, on using writing for teaching in all disciplines.
- The annual Conference for Undergraduate Educators hosted by the American Society for Microbiology.
- The Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat in Utah, an interdisciplinary discussion-based approach to improving teaching.
- Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, for all disciplines.
To less frequent offerings that faculty may have only one chance to participate:
- the Serious Play Conference, a leadership conference for both those who create serious games/simulations and those who implement game-based learning programs
- TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources (TRIUMPHS), an opportunity to teach content based around original content sources
- The Small World Initiative symposium, a 3-day workshop showcasing the integration of antimicrobial research into a first-year biology course
How can you apply?
The deadline is rolling, with a priority deadline of October 1.