Provincial Innovation Fund Reports

Engaging in Research in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

In July 2013, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) issued a call for proposals to colleges and universities across the province to encourage institutions to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning experiences for students.

The Productivity and Innovation Fund (PIF) focused on three key areas: redesigning courses and curricula to include more online and multimedia resources; identifying and exploring institutional strengths in line with Ontario’s Differentiation Policy Framework; and encouraging collaboration among institutions.

Centre staff worked with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Open Learning, with five successful proposals resulting in $1,161,297 to research teaching and learning topics ranging from educational leadership to enhancing quality teaching. University of Windsor staff were primary investigators on all of the grants and partnered with 12 different institutions from across the province on three of the five grants.

The turnaround rate was just under six months: reports were submitted to the Ministry on June 30, 2014.