Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) 2014

PDAD&C #73, 2013-14

To:  Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:  June 5, 2014
Re:  Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) 2014

I am pleased to announce that funding is available for a new round of the Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF), a seed fund that promotes innovative initiatives that have an immediate and direct impact on the University’s academic programs.

The ITIF is funded by the Provost and administered by Academic & Collaborative Technologies, a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and Information + Technology Services (I+TS).

This year’s ITIF theme is Large Classes. The theme addresses one aspect of U of T’s ‘Big-and-Small’ strategy, focusing on innovative projects that use technology to support outstanding educational experiences for the largest number of students. E.g., projects could use technology to:
• increase student-instructor or student-student interactions;
• promote an outstanding classroom experience;
• create or present course content in ways that support an outstanding learning experience;
• facilitate the coordination of the teaching team.

As in previous years, proposals need not be specifically tied to the theme; however, projects that do so will be adjudicated accordingly.

NEW THIS YEAR: Two Funding Streams
1. Traditional Stream (same as previous years): awards of up to $15,000, matching funds required.
2. Small Scale Seed Funding Stream (NEW): awards of up to $2,000, no matching funds required.
The evaluation criteria remain the same for both streams.

For full details, including more information on the matching funds requirement, please visit http://www.itif.utoronto.ca.