Office of Open Learning Digital, Open, and Online Learning Grants


The grants aim to support UWindsor faculty and staff to explore and implement online, open, and technology enhanced curricular innovations. Funded projects will contribute to strategic goals of recruitment and retention of students, development of flexible learning pathways, and supporting progression to graduation. Projects may focus on one or more for-credit courses, non-credit/continuing education courses, or may provide resources more broadly to the university community and beyond to increase the impact of the funding

Call for proposals

Proposals are invited for 12 month projects that aim to critically infuse educational technology through technology-enhanced pedagogies in online, open, and hybrid/blended courses (including existing courses and new courses not yet developed), as well as non-credit/continuing education opportunities (see FAQs for a list of example projects). Potential projects may include the following:

  • Online course development (new courses or redeveloping existing courses)
  • Piloting new digital tools to enhance learning
  • Developing and delivering open online courses
  • Hybrid/blended/flexible course development approaches
  • Development or implementation of supplemental learning resources - e.g. scenarios, videos, custom learning objects, simulations etc.
  • Microcertification/microcredential and digital badging projects
  • Implementing ePortfolios in courses and programs
  • Online pathway and bridging programs
  • Projects that focus on the scholarship of online and open teaching and learning
  • Projects that provide innovative digital approaches to supporting Indigenisation of curriculum
  • Other digital pedagogical innovations

Note: Projects that support indigenisation of the curriculum, address issues of reconciliation, diversity, equity, internationalization, or which are targeted to support and improve outcomes (including access to education) for underserved or diverse groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Interdisciplinary or collaborative proposals are also encouraged.  Proposals may address the needs of either credit or non-credit courses and programs. 

Priority will be given to projects that utilise open resources, software and other tools wherever possible.


Proposals can request up to $8,500 in funding over 12 months to support eligible projects. 

Eligibility for funding is open to:

  • faculty/ancillary academic staff/sessional lecturers/librarians with tenure/permanence (including deans, and chairs)
  • probationary faculty/ancillary academic staff/librarians on tenure/permanence track
  • limited term faculty/AAS/librarians, provided their appointment extends for the term of the project
  • graduate students and sessional instructors may be co-applicants, provided the primary applicant is a member of one of the above categories
  • professional staff may also apply if their project meets the requirements
  • projects that address continuing education needs are also welcome

All projects will be expected to demonstrate and achieve the following:

  • a clear set of intended outcomes that are achievable within the constraints of the funding and timeframe, and which are aligned with the learning outcomes of the course or resource
  • inclusion of students as partners/collaborators in the project e.g. co-creating curricula and resources, providing feedback, reviewing materials
  • a detailed timeline that lays out achievable milestones, and which includes an implementation plan
  • a detailed budget that outlines the use of funds (see budget template)
  • a clear plan for evaluating the project against its intended outcomes
  • support of your dean and department chair/director
  • project teams/project members are strongly encouraged to undertake professional development offered through the Office of Open Learning in online/open course design and development
  • proponents of all successful projects will be expected to work with the Office of Open Learning and other appropriate units on campus (e.g. the Leddy Library, CTL, ITS, Quality Assurance, Research Ethics Board) in the planning and implementation of the project
  • Proponents are strongly encouraged to consider making the outputs from the project openly available in an open repository/online to enable further remixing and adapting for the greatest possible impact
  • Provide a preliminary outline of the project that addresses the following:
  • The overall goals of the project
  • An explanation of how the project will apply principles of quality teaching and learning, innovative pedagogies and/or uses of technology (describe the pedagogical approach you are aiming for)
  • How open pedagogies, open educational practices, and open educational resources are being considered for inclusion in the project
  • Description of expected impact (e.g. expected number of students impacted, benefits to student learning, enhancing access to higher education, contribution to sustainability of a program, enhanced flexibility of programs, improving access to experiential and high impact learning opportunities, how the project supports achievement of SMA3 targets etc.)
  • A timeline for your project
  • Provide a detailed budget for the funding requested (budget not to exceed the maximum amount for project, eligible expenses only included, indication of highest priority expenses, indication of potential staff involvement, direct costs, in-kind support)
  • Describe how students will be involved in the design and development of the project
  • Describe how indigenisation is considered in your project

Proposal due date and announcement

Proposals are due by Monday, 24th February. Successful applications will be announced during Open Education Week (2-6 March, 2020).

How to apply and further information

Download the application form and email the completed form to Alicia Higgison (

OOL Digital, Open and Online Learning Grants Proposal 2020

If you have any questions about the grants, please contact Nick Baker at ext. 4925 or email