About LEAF & LEAF Priorities

About

The Learning Education Advancement Fund (LEAF) program aims to support the President’s Three Priorities:

  • Leverage our urban location(s) more fully, for the mutual benefit of University and City;
  • Strengthen and deepen key international partnerships by means of a well-defined strategic focus;
  • Reimagine and reinvent undergraduate education.

Funding streams: LEAF supports two levels of grant activities.

  • Seed ($5,000 to $10,000 per year for up to 3 years);
  • Impact ($10,000 to $100,000 per year for up to 3 years).

This two-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for teaching and learning projects that explore, implement and scale up promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation, and creates a pathway for projects from their initial inception to their full potential.

Seed grants are intended to encourage experimentation at the local level, either within a course or a set of courses, as a means of fostering small-scale enhancements or pilots with the potential for future scalability. These projects should have the potential for either scalability within their home unit or transferability into other undergraduate learning contexts.

Impact grants are designed to support large-scale projects with the potential to significantly enhance core elements of undergraduate education within or across academic units and divisions at the University. This can range from scaling high-impact teaching practices that have already experienced successful experimentation in their local contexts, to the development of new pedagogical or curricular approaches and practices.

Goals & Priorities

The goal of the LEAF program is to provide students with greater exposure to high-impact teaching practices that accomplish at least one of the following:

  • Support and enhance the transfer of learning through active learning opportunities, both within and beyond traditional educational settings.

  • Provide students with a robust and clear understanding of their learning progress, particularly through the enhancement of assessment practices and transparency regarding learning outcomes.

  • Equip students with the skills necessary to become successful independent learners.

  • Support the University’s global mission in order to enhance the learning experience for all undergraduate students.

  • Encourage collaborations among instructors and staff across academic disciplines, units and divisions with the purpose of creating exceptional learning experiences for undergraduate students.

  • Support the creation or renewal of academic program curriculum.

LEAF aims to accomplish these goals by supporting projects that align with the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education’s four strategic priorities:

  • Experiential learning: Expand the availability of learning opportunities in authentic and relevant contexts. This can come in the form of work-integrated learning, community-engaged learning, research opportunities, placements, field courses, unique project-based learning, etc.

  • Curriculum design: Support the development, renewal or redesign of a whole program, a collection of courses (e.g. all second-year courses) or the whole Faculty. Initiatives might involve investigating the development of specific student skills within a program (e.g. critical thinking or communication), incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing across the curriculum, or other cross-curricular ideas.

  • Learning systems: Support the design, implementation and/or assessment of technologically enhanced solutions that continue to build a robust and integrated data and technology ecosystem across the University.

  • Digital learning: Develop, expand and assess the increasing online and virtual experiences that have become an increasingly important component of the postsecondary environment. LEAF supports the development, funding and assessment of online learning in partnership with both institutional offices and divisions.

Contact

The Learning and Advancement of Education Fund is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education.

For more details about LEAF or other ideas relating to the portfolio, please contact Henry Ivry, Teaching Initiatives Coordinator.