CAFE has several grant-funded programs for faculty to engage in educational research. The Provost's eFellows is for instructors who want to design or redesign a course for blended/online students. Educational Mini-Grants are for instructors who wish to engage in a semester- or year-long project on a small scale, looking for ways to improve their students' learning outcomes.
The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is concerned with self-improvement of one's teaching practices through innovation in pedagogy and curriculum. SoTL often focuses on student learning outcomes within a given course. SoTL may be presented at a conference or published in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
Discipline-based education research (DBER) involves testing a theory or hypothesis on education within the context of a specific discipline. Most DBER projects emphasize education research in STEM fields, but DBER can apply to any discipline. DBER projects often involve a much greater scope than SoTL projects, such as multiple courses within a discipline or an entire degree program. DBER projects are almost always published in peer-reviewed academic journals.