Credit: Arthur Kwiatkowski

ITIF 2017

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 round of ITIF funding are now being accepted. The 2017-18 application deadline is Friday November 10th, 2017

Three Funding Streams

ITIF’s three-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for technology-mediated teaching and learning projects that explore and implement promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation, and creates a pathway for projects from their initial inception to their full potential. Awardees have up to two years to complete their project:

Seed Funding: Maximum $2,000 with no matching requirement

Matched Funding: Maximum $5,000 with matching funds from another source

Support Stream: Apply to get access to an educational technology or instructional design specialist for up to 150 hours per year per project. This is a non-cash award, but it’s worth an equivalent of $20,000 that can be used as an in-kind contribution when applying elsewhere for funding.

Applicants must choose which stream they are applying for at the time of application.

Projects that require funding of more than $5,000 are encouraged to consider the LEAF initiative https://www.leaf.provost.utoronto.ca or other funding sources http://teaching.utoronto.ca/teaching-support/u-of-t-resources/funding-resources/.

2017 Thematic Areas

The key thematic areas of the ITIF program primarily aim to support three broad categories of projects within the University’s credit program divisions: high-impact teaching practices, the development of learning analytic systems and the President’s Three Priorities:

1. Leverage our urban location more fully, for the mutual benefit of university and city
2. Strengthen and deepen key international partnerships: well-defined strategic focus
3. Re-imagine and re-invent undergraduate education

Proposals that integrate one or more of the following key thematic areas will be given preference. This list is not exhaustive. Proposals that address the goals through alternative means are encouraged:

Diversity-related initiatives: It is critical to embed in the curriculum teaching and learning from diverse perspectives.  The UofT community will benefit from the knowledge gained through the development and inclusion of curricular content and pedagogical approaches from diverse cultural perspectives.

Sustainability-related initiatives: Build on the University’s academic strength in education on climate change by seeding academic initiatives in climate science, environmental engineering, earth sciences, sustainability, public policy, law, etc.

Experiential learning: Expand the availability of learning opportunities in authentic and relevant contexts. This can come in the form of work-integrated learning, community-engaged learning, research opportunities, placements, field courses, unique project-based learning, etc.

Undergraduate student research: Research involvement supports the development of creativity, methodology design, critical thinking, analytic expertise, and other key skills. Projects can come in the form of establishing new opportunities for mentored research, supporting students in developing knowledge and skills developed through research, and creating tools that help undergraduate students better understand and articulate the learning outcomes achieved through research activities.

Urban and community engagement: Leverage the University’s geographic location within the greater Toronto region in order to provide students with new and imaginative ways to engage with and deepen their understanding of local partners and their issues, through both research and practice.

Application of technology tools in support of enriched learning opportunities: Support the implementation or assessment of technologically-enhanced learning.

Multi- or Inter-disciplinary and inter-Divisional teaching and learning collaborations: Create collaborative projects that attempt to develop new pedagogical models or investigate key questions related to curricular development within and across different disciplinary and Divisional contexts.

Enhancement of student assessment and feedback processes: Enhance student assessment and feedback processes and outputs to ensure all students receive the highest quality support and direction to achieve learning and life goals.

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.
Summary of 2015-2016 Projects

2016 ITIF Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Recipients of ITIF Awards. As in previous years, we have a variety of different  project ideas from around the University. This year we have projects that are dedicated to the development of teaching and learning resources for courses in a variety of disciplines. We have a project for self-assessment of communications skills, and one for improving understanding of medication safety and risk for health professions students. We also have a project focused on information literacy and a 3-D visualization project as well. For more information on all projects, please visit https://www.itif.utoronto.ca/currently-funded-projects/