The Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund (TLIF) is designed to support innovations related to teaching and learning and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at KPU (Kwantlen Polytechnic University). 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 the innovation and the scholarship of teaching and learning at KPU (Academic Plan) (Vision 2026).
Regular instructors and support staff with instructional responsibilities (e.g., lab instructors, etc.) are eligible to apply for TLIF grants. Applications may be submitted by individuals or groups. Non-regular instructors and students may be co-applicants.
Applicants are eligible to apply for funding a maximum of two times for the same project, and the approval of funding will be based on support for iterative revisions or continued expansion of their initiative. These grants will not support funding requests for operational activities for completed projects for the funding streams discussed below.
The grant offers two streams of funding. Before you submit your application, carefully read the requirements of each stream below as well as all relevant information provided in each of the tabs for these streams.
TLIF Innovation Stream
TLIF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Stream
|Funding from this stream is available for many projects that support the innovation of teaching and learning practices at KPU.
|Funding from this stream is available for scholarship of teaching and learning related projects at KPU.
|Types of funding/ projects
The following types of innovation projects can be funded through the innovation stream. See examples below
The following types of SoTL project activities can be funded through the SoTL stream. Some examples are:
|Receive up to a maximum of $2500 in funding for innovation projects.
Here is the breakdown of funding.
Expectations of all TLIF Funding Recipients
- Submit a final report upon completion of the project to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox (template will be provided).
- Actively share the results of the project within the KPU community, including by:
- Writing a blog post for the Teaching & Learning Commons' Pedagogy + Practice blog
- Being interviewed by staff in the Office of Teaching & Learning, for a feature in a newsletter, podcast, or on the website
- Presenting on the project at the Annual Symposium, KPU Day, or other appropriate internal opportunities for professional development
- 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
- Submit project proposals to the KPU's Research Ethics Board for approval, if applicable.
- Acknowledge support of the Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund during presentations or in related publications.