Experiential Learning Development Grant


This is an open call for proposals to all Faculty, Contractually Limited Term Appointments (CLTAs), Sessional Lecturers, and Course Instructors at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Applications must be submitted over e-mail for assessment by June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is committed to offering innovative, high-impact, and real-world opportunities to all of its students through experience-driven programs. High quality experiential learning (EL) programs deepen graduate and undergraduate education, respond to the needs of society, contribute to community-campus relationships, and enhance the reputation of the University. The Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean (OVPAD) recognizes the investment required from both instructors and academic units to develop and offer new EL opportunities in their courses. This investment includes current planning for remote and mixed delivery of courses for the upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, which may require modifying and designing entirely new EL opportunities to ensure that students continue to receive the same high-quality, impactful education expected of UTM.

In order to help facilitate this transition to a new teaching context and support the short-term design of new curricula, the OVPAD has established the Experiential Learning Development Grant to offset the range of costs (e.g., administrative support, research assistance, equipment purchases, software licenses, etc.) associated with the development and delivery of EL opportunities.

Project Funding

Funding for an EL project is limited to a maximum of $2500.00. Grant funds will be deposited directly into recipient PERA accounts (or, if sessional, departmental funds) upon award. Faculty members are encouraged to add their successful proposals to their Annual Activity Report and CVs as part of their PTR.


We encourage all instructors at UTM with an interest in experiential learning to apply. This includes Faculty (teaching or tenure stream), CLTAs, Sessional Lecturers, and Course Instructors teaching in the current or next academic session at the time of application.

Application Process

All applicants should ensure that their submission meets the following expectations:

  1. The proposed EL project is situated in a UTM department or extra-departmental unit and offered through a credit-bearing course scheduled for the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 term. Projects that integrate the participation of community partners will be given priority.
  2. The proposed EL project is being designed with the possibility for remote-only or mixed delivery.
  3. The goals of the proposed EL project are aligned with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities' (MCU’s) Guiding Principles for Experiential Learning, including opportunities for self-assessment and reflective practice.
  1. The proposed EL project must provide a strategy for student assessment. Faculty are welcome to contact Michael deBraga, RGASC Experiential Learning Faculty Liaison regarding the vetting of any assessment strategies.
  2. The proposed EL project must be realistic given the budget, time, and competencies of faculty and teaching assistants, as well as their capacity to ensure compliance with course learning outcomes.
  3. The proposed EL project must outline a plan for the sustainable, long-term delivery of the opportunity to students after the end of the one-time-only grant funding.
  1. The proposed EL project must articulate a commitment to promoting inclusivity and equal access of EL opportunities for all students.
  2. The Chair/Director must confirm departmental support for this application, including a commitment to project completion and future offerings of the EL opportunity.

Submission & Selection Criteria

Interested applicants should complete the Experiential Learning Development Grant Application and submit the completed application to Rena Banwait (rena.banwait@utoronto.ca) by June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please submit electronic applications only. Any questions about the grant application process and eligibility criteria should be sent to Rena Banwait.

According to the criteria presented above, Proposals will be reviewed by the Vice-Dean (Academic Experience), Director (Academic Success & Integrity), Manager (Experiential Education), and the RGASC Experiential Learning Faculty Liaison.


The Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean will notify each applicant of a decision by June 30, 2020.