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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 2019

The Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grant scheme is designed to support small-scale pilots and initiatives, fostering investigation and dissemination of best practice approaches in learning and teaching. Grants are available to University of Adelaide staff and students to investigate, implement, and/or evaluate effective learning and teaching practices aligned with the overarching 2019 LEI Grant theme “Facing challenges, Solving problems”.

Grant Themes addressed within the Project can include:

  • Integrating digital capability building into learning experiences
  • Using learning analytics tools to drive behaviour
  • Exploring the value of lectures (and lecture recording)
  • Value/future of digital Course design templates
  • Engaging students with feedback in the digital space

Project leaders must be continuing staff, though all staff with casual and sessional contracts are encouraged to participate in project teams. Project leaders must 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.

LEI Grant 2019 Announcement

Funded projects commence in June 2019 and conclude by 14 February 2020.

    • Dr Aaron Humphrey
      • Building Digital Capabilities and Literacies in the Arts
    • Mrs Jaime Royals
      • Enabling personalised learning of Information Literacy
    • Dr Kam Kaur
      • Indigenous Knowledge through VR, AR and 360 Video
    • Dr Wendy Lindsay, Dr Matthew McKinlay and Dr Joelle Hawa
      • Immersive orienteering: An alternative lecture format
    • Dr Braden Phillips
      • Discipline Specific Digital Competencies in a Flexible Curriculum (ECMS)
    • Associate Professor Dimitra Lekkas and Associate Professor Edward Palmer (Combined project)
      • The use of lecture recording 

Key Dates

      • Submission deadline for applications – 1 May 2019
      • Funding for projects announced – 20 May 2018
      • Interim reports due – 7 September 2019
      • Final evaluation reports due – 14 February 2020
  • 2018 Grant Winners
    A look at our 2018 Learning Enhancement and Innovation Grant Winners

    Funded projects commenced in June 2018 and concluded by 31 January 2019.

    • 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
    • Mr 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
    • Ms Elizabeth Yong, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Math Sciences
      • Video captions and inclusive learning design

About the 2019 Grants


A total of $30,000 has been allocated to the scheme, with a limit of $6,000 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.

Projects should be collaborative in nature and, at a minimum, Project Leads will be expected to collaborate with a member of Learning Enhancement and Innovation and at least one student. Collaborators should contribute and be recognised as part of the project team. Where applicable, a project may seek the contribution of further 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.

Commercialisation of any resources created through the LEI Grants is not the primary goal. Any resource developed and identified as having commercial value would be assessed for commercialisation through Adelaide Enterprise.

Selection criteria

Applications should align with the following Grant themes:

      • Using learning analytics tools to drive behaviour;
      • Exploring the value of lectures (and lecture recording);
      • Integrating digital capability building into learning experiences;
      • Value/future of digital Course design templates;
      • Engaging students with feedback in the digital space.

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).

Application and Selection Process

Applications should be submitted using the relevant form, by Wednesday 1 May 2019. A central selection panel, convened by the Director, Learning Enhancement and Innovation with Deputy 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 20 May 2019.

Leaders of successful projects will then be required to submit a detailed project plan and budget. All project funds will be distributed to the project leaders once the project schedule and budget have been received.

Project Reporting and Dissemination

Each project will require a brief interim report (1-2 pages) and a final evaluation report in accordance with the templates available below:

      • Project Progress Report
      • Extension
      • Budget

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 2020 via a poster, workshop, or presentation, according to the nature of the project. Learning Enhancement and Innovation will also contact Project Leads at 6 months and 12 months after project completion to assess impact.

Submitting your application

Applications now closed for 2019.

Learning Enhancement and Innovation

North Terrace Campus

Contact: LEI Contacts
Phone: +61 8 8313 3000