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Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund

The Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund (TLIF) is designed to support pedagogical innovation at KPU. Recognizing the diverse array of programs and instructional approaches that are necessary and valued at a polytechnic university, the TLIF takes an inclusive approach by supporting a broad range of projects that advance teaching practices at KPU (Goal 2 of Academic Plan 2023) and that increase innovation in teaching, learning and curriculum (Goal C2 of Vision 2023). These projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational media creation
  • Experiential/service learning projects 
  • Inclusive design/universal design for learning projects
  • Instructional resource creation (including for collaborative “sprint” projects)
  • Open pedagogy projects
  • Problem-based learning projects
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Virtual/augmented reality projects


Regular instructors and support staff with instructional responsibilities (e.g., lab instructors, etc.) are eligible to apply to the TLIF. Applications may be submitted by individuals or groups. Non-regular instructors and students may be co-applicants.


Applications for TLIF may include a budget up to $10,000.

Funds will support short-term (up to one-year) proposals and may be used for the following purposes:

  • Student and/or research assistants
  • Support persons with special expertise/skill sets
  • Honoraria to external collaborators
  • Honoraria or other compensation for research participants
  • Subscriptions to software or technology platforms
    • Note that these purchases require an assessment of information security and privacy and purchasing through procurement.
  • Institutional purchases of materials or equipment necessary for the project
    • Note that computer hardware equipment must be purchased through IT and procurement.
  • Supporting project-related events (e.g., workshop facilitator fees, catering, etc.)
  • Travel and registration costs related to knowledge dissemination (e.g., academic conference). Travel and related costs may not exceed 25% of the project budget.

Funds may not be used towards:

  • Compensation of KPU instructors or support staff
  • Course or time releases
  • Journal subscriptions
  • Article processing charges (APCs)
  • Professional memberships

Note that this fund is not intended to provide continuing support for projects.

Application Deadline

Applications for the TLIF are accepted on an ongoing basis, until the annual funding is exhausted. If the project involves research (e.g., scholarship of teaching and learning), REB approval must be secured before the awarded funds may be accessed.


Applications to the TLIF will be adjudicated within two weeks, in order to support the rapid implementation of teaching and learning innovation. TLIF applications are adjudicated by a committee comprised of three faculty members (drawn from the pool of educational consultants and teaching fellows seconded to the Teaching & Learning Commons), one support staff employee (drawn from the pool of support staff working in the Office of Teaching & Learning and Office of Open Education), and two administrators (one Dean, along with the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning).

Application Process

Download and complete the File TLIF Application form and submit it to

Adjudication Criteria

Successful TLIF applications will have a:

  1. Description of the significance of the project and a clear connection to advancing teaching practices at KPU (goal 2 of Academic Plan 2023)
  2. Foreseeable positive impact within the KPU community
  3. Clear plan for how the teaching & learning innovation will be shared, scaled, or otherwise sustained
  4. Realistic budget with justification for each item
  5. Clear description of the benchmarks or metrics that will be used to assess the impact of the project

Expectations of all TLIF Funding Recipients

  1. Submit a final report upon completion of the project (template will be provided).
  2. Actively share the results of the project within the KPU community, including by:
    1. Writing a blog post for the Teaching & Learning Commons
    2. Being interviewed by staff in the Office of Teaching & Learning, for a feature in a newsletter, podcast, or on the website
    3. Presenting on the project at the Annual Symposium, KPU Day, or other appropriate internal opportunity for professional development
    4. Sharing the artefacts of the project (which may include assignment guides, rubrics, learning resources, or instructional plans) by uploading a copy of these into our institutional repository (KORA) under an open, Creative Commons license which allows others to freely adapt, modify, copy, and/or redistribute the material for teaching and learning related purposes
  3. Submit project proposals to the KPU's Research Ethics Board for approval, if applicable.
  4. Acknowledge support of the Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund during presentations or in related publications.


Aspects of the TLIF program were inspired or adapted from similar funds at other universities, including Brock University, the University of Calgary, the University of the Fraser Valley, the University of New Brunswick, Ontario Tech University, Queens University, Royal Roads University, Suffolk University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Windsor.

Funded Projects

Recipients: Dr. Larissa Petrillo, Dr. Jennifer Hardwick, and Ellen Pond, Faculty of Arts

  • Project title: Pilot program for service learning assistants
  • Award: $9,760.56
  • Project summary: This pilot program will empower exceptional student-leaders to help ensure service-learning projects are transformative, meaningful, and reciprocal. Service Learning Assistants (SLAs) are paid student leaders who help coordinate and support service learning courses at KPU. SLAs are typically assigned to support 3 service learning courses per semester, working with faculty, students, and community partners. This pilot program is adapted from the SLA program at Tulane University. The Faculty of Arts and School of Business will be the initial pilot program site for the Service Learning Assistants program.


Recipient: Jessica Bayntun, Wilson School of Design

  • Project title: Special Topics Course, "3D Futures"
  • Award: $6,384.54
  • Project summary: Students will have the opportunity to explore how we interact with clothing, how technology shapes us, and how to create a meaningful creative culture by immersing in technologies such as 3D scanning, augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3-dimensional illustration. Through researching three-dimensional visualization techniques, design theory, and the future of manufacturing, students will learn how to propose designs that address future design problems and text virtual simulations before the cutting and sewing of physical samples. 


Recipient: Erika Balcombe, Wilson School of Design

  • Project title: Viral Design (a digital exhibition of design student work related to the pandemic)
  • Award: $1,680.00
  • Project summary: Viral Design will be a curated, digital exhibition that showcases student design work from across the 7 disciplines within the Wilson School of Design and will address the reality of living amid COVID-19 while highlighting the challenges of designing for a post-pandemic world. Exhibiting a diversity of work, this showcase will demonstrate multi-disciplinary engagement with real-world problems and reflect the role of design in our contemporary world in order to envision what a “new normal” might look like.


Recipients: Kent Mullinix, Wallapak Polasub, Payal Batra, Leah Sandler & Mike Robinson, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

  • Project title: Open source educational media for agriculture extension and building community connections
  • Award: $9,972.27
  • Project summary: The Institute for Sustainable Food System (ISFS) will produce two educational video series with the goal of providing agricultural extension services to regenerative small-scale farmers across KPU’s community. The first video series will focus on organic farming practices at the Tsawwassen First Nation farm school while the second will pay attention to the nutrition, health, and use of local vegetables. These video series will be open access resources and a vehicle to engage farmers and communities with the ISFS and KPU.