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Innovative Technology

The Learning Enhancement and Innovation team collaborate with staff and students in various ways, including:

  • Advice and support on the potential application of existing technologies
  • Exploring opportunities with new and innovative learning technologies
  • Sharing and promoting great teaching and learning experiences

Discuss your needs with your Faculty Learning Designer or Educational Technologist

Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grants

The Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grant scheme is designed to support pilots of small-scale initiatives, fostering investigation and dissemination of best practice approaches in use of technology enhanced learning. Grants are available to University of Adelaide staff and students to implement and evaluate effective and creative use of learning technologies.

Project leaders must be continuing staff, though all staff with casual and sessional contracts are encouraged to participate in project teams. Project leaders are strongly encouraged to engage students as partners within proposed activities, aligned with the University’s strategic goals for increased commitment of student engagement and co-creation. This should ideally involve students contributing to project design, evaluation, and / or delivery of project activities. Students may apply for grants if they have project sponsorship by a continuing staff member.

Funded projects will commence in June 2018 and conclude by 31 December 2018.

Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grants Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grant Winners

  • Dr Chelsea Avard
    • PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) Online Pilot Program design
  • Dr Mark Dodd, Faculty of the Professions
    • Learning Experience Design (LXD): An end-to-end evaluation of learning objects, from co-creation to learning impact
  • Dr Esma Doğramaci, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    • e-learning resource for teaching cephalometry to undergraduate dental students
  • Associate Professor Wayne Errington, Faculty of Arts
    • Student Employability Skills Tracking
  • Dr Beth Loveys, Faculty of Sciences and Ms Jill Bauer, Faculty of Sciences
    • Flipping the cellar floor and laboratory: Increasing the value of online video resources for undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic and international wine making students
  • Dr Joy McEntee, Faculty of Arts and Ms Jessica Viven-Wilksch, Faculty of the Professions
    • Encouraging University of Adelaide staff to use the Echo360 Active Learning Platform and evaluating effectiveness in formatively assessing students
  • Paul McLiesh, Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Virtual Reality: preparing students for an operating theatre placement
  • Dr Alex Whittaker, Faculty of Sciences
    • “Navigating” the court room experience in an online environment
  • Elizabeth Yong, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Math Sciences
    • Video captions and inclusive learning design

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the 2018 Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grant Scheme.

Selection criteria

Grant themes may include but are not limited to:

  • authentic and engaging digital assessment activities that involve creative use of digital technologies
  • personalised / adaptive large scale assessment and feedback
  • novel approaches of existing technologies to facilitate high quality blended or online learning
  • use of analytics to support evidence based learning and teaching, and increase students’ self-management of learning
  • development of open access or shared access course resources
  • leveraging expanded adoption of existing University learning technologies to demonstrate the potential for enhanced student learning experiences

Selected projects will describe a strategy for evaluating the outcomes of the project and for sustaining the project outcomes beyond the life of the project (e.g. future dissemination activities, development of support materials, embedded adoption in courses and programs, etc).


A total of $25,000 has been allocated to the scheme, with a limit of $2,500 for any one funded project. Funds may only be used for learning technologies (software, devices, and services), student salary, or external evaluation/analysis. Staff salary, travel, and other costs are not eligible for grant funding but may be noted as matching funds.

Where applicable, a project may seek the contribution of in-kind resources or personnel from relevant areas of the University, e.g. Learning Enhancement and Innovation team, Library, or Information Technology and Digital Services. A description of any such support should be outlined in the Collaboration section of the Project Proposal and should be endorsed by a senior manager from that area. Technology and services purchased with the funds belong to University of Adelaide, and the University’s policies and procedures apply.

These grants are not intended for funding repeated or ongoing long-term teaching and learning projects. There is no expectation of ongoing funding after the grant period expires.

Application and Selection Process

Applications should be submitted using the relevant form, by Friday 19 May 2018. A central selection panel, convened by the Director, Learning Enhancement and Innovation with Associate Deans Learning and Teaching from each Faculty will assess the applications and determine the final distribution of funding.

Project leaders will receive notification from the Director, Learning Enhancement and Innovation on the outcome of their application by Monday 4 June 2018. All project funds will be distributed to the project leaders by the project commencement date.

Project Reporting and Dissemination

Each project will require a brief interim report (1-2 pages) and a final evaluation report in accordance with templates that will be made available on the Learning Enhancement and Innovation website. Project outcomes will be shared with the University community through a short video to explore each project (produced in conjunction with Learning Enhancement and Innovation team), and may also be presented at the Festival of Learning and Teaching 2019 via a poster, workshop, or presentation, according to the nature of the project.

Key Dates

  • Submission deadline for applications – 19 May 2018
  • Funding for projects announced – 4 June 2018
  • Interim reports due – 28 September 2018
  • Final evaluation reports due – 15 February 2019

Submitting your application

Applications now closed for 2018.

Learning Enhancement and Innovation

North Terrace Campus

Contact: LEI Contacts
Phone: +61 8 8313 3000