The University of Waterloo’s Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Grants fund projects investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and fostering deep student learning at Waterloo. Since 2012, recipients across campus have used LITE-Grant funding to explore topics ranging from transcultural learning to ePortfolios, Communities of Practice to undergraduate teamwork development workshops, peer review of teaching to information literacy, and more.
The LITE Grants support the following types of projects:
- Assessing a new approach to teaching and learning (i.e., what is possible and does it work?)
- Studying student learning with existing instructional approaches (i.e., what is happening and what could be improved?)
- Pursuing instructional development opportunities (i.e., how could I teach differently to better facilitate deep student learning?).
Funded by the Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic, and administered by CTE, LITE Grants are awarded annually through two grant programs.
- Deadlines: February 1 and June 1
- Funding up to $5,000 for one year projects
- Potential projects: Seed Grants support small-scale investigations (e.g., pilot projects studying student learning in a smaller context like one class or a group of students) and activities to develop your instructional skills.
- Deadline: October 1
- Funding up to $30,000 for two-year projects
- Potential projects: Full Grants support larger-scale or longer-term projects. They are also appropriate for cross-departmental, cross-faculty, or institutional level projects, but individual course level projects are welcome. The results of the projects are expected to be disseminated at the University of Waterloo and beyond.