Instructional Technology Innovation Fund

 
The Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) is a seed fund designed to catalyze initiatives that immediately and directly impact University of Toronto education and teaching programs through innovation and development. It is funded by the Provost, and administered by Academic and Collaborative Technologies, a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation and Information + Technology Services. The ITIF is focused specifically on the practical applications of technology in design, implementation, evaluation, curriculum renewal, faculty development, or continuing education initiatives that enrich learning. The ITIF is intended to support strategic directions in education broadly, across all disciplines. The proposed deliverable and outcomes must be closely aligned with the ongoing goals and objectives of the departments and programs from which they emerge.

The 2013 ITIF call for proposals is now closed.

 This year’s ITIF Theme is: Re-Useable Course Content With all the recent excitement around Inverted Classrooms and MOOCs, one area that needs more attention is Re-Useable Course Content. Educational materials can be used in many different ways ­ for our credit courses, for continuing education, or for public education. As we set out to create this content, we often forget to create materials and curriculum that can be re-purposed for different audiences.

 This year’s proposed ITIF theme seeks to address this area by encouraging instructors and departments to submit projects that will result in the development of course content that can be used in a variety of different teaching settings, and that is ideally free of charge to UofT students. One example of a small-scale project with high-impact value would be the development of new, interactive course packs using the growing collection of open access learning objects and digitized content now available at UofT. Alternatively, we welcome larger proposals that seek to develop new interactive simulations, interactive case studies, digital labs, or similar curriculum-relevant solutions that, ideally, can be given to UofT students to use at no cost.

 As in previous years, proposals need not be specifically tied to the annual theme; however, projects that do so are adjudicated accordingly. We also encourage applicants to consider using the funding to hire UofT students to work on the project. And, of course, we strongly recommend that any instructor or department considering an ITIF proposal should, from the outset, engage the assistance of their friendly subject-area librarian/s. Please see itif.utoronto.ca for additional proposal requirements, including information on the matching funds requirement.