LEI Grants

Grants

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, experiment, implement, and/or evaluate effective learning and teaching practices aligned with the 2020 LEI Grant theme “Champion diversity in learning”.  

Grant Themes addressed within the Project can include:

  • Adaptive and/or personalised learning;
  • New approaches to support student group/teamwork;
  • Building student capability to fully engage in learning/assessment methods; 
  • Embedding accessibility and inclusivity online and in the classroom; 
  • Embedding cultural diversity in learning and teaching.

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. 

Funded projects will commence in April and conclude by December 2020 (final reports due in February 2021). 

Submissions for 2020 LEI Grants are closed. 

Key dates

  • Submission deadline for applications – 13 March 2020
  • Funding for projects announced – 6 April 2020 
  • Interim reports due – 30 September 2020
  • Projects conclude – 21 December 2020 (All grant funding must be spent within 2020)
  • Final evaluation reports due – 14 February 2021
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  • 2020 grant winners

    A look at our 2020 Learning Enhancement and Innovation grant winners

    Cheryl Pope, ECMS
    Extending CanvasH5P to support adaptive learning in large programming courses

    Sue Bastian, Sciences
    Student and staff co-creation and evaluation of VR immersive experiences for enhanced wine knowledge in diverse student cohorts

    William van Wettere, Sciences 
    Understanding pig production: a virtual experience to facilitate learning

    Kam Kaur, Wirltu Yarlu
    Indigenous Knowledge through VR, AR and 360 Video (Project continued from 2019 into 2020)

  • 2019 grant winners

    A look at our 2019 Learning Enhancement and Innovation grant winners

    Funded projects commenced in June 2019 and concluded by 14 February 2020.

    Dimitra Lekkas & Edward Palmer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences/ Faculty of Arts  
    The use of lecture recording

    Aaron Humphrey, Faculty of Arts 
    Building Digital Capabilities and Literacies in the Arts

    Jaime Royals, University Library 
    Enabling personalised learning of Information Literacy

    Kam Kaur, Wirltu Yarlu
    Indigenous Knowledge through VR, AR and 360 Video

    Wendy Lindsay, Matthew McKinlay and Joelle Hawa, Faculty of Professions 
    Immersive orienteering: An alternative lecture format

    Braden Phillips, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences 
    Discipline Specific Digital Competencies in a Flexible Curriculum

  • 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
    • 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
Questions about the LEI Grant Scheme can be directed to the LEI Grants Project Coordinator at leigrants@adelaide.edu.au 

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