Support for Learning and Teaching Initiatives (LTI) grants
Learning and Teaching Initiatives (LTI) grants become available to staff to apply for periodically through the year. Typically, there is a general LTI grant application once a year which will allow staff to improve the quality and effectiveness of student learning and students’ learning experiences.
The Chancellery LTI website provides access to guidelines and application forms for these LTI grants.
Learning Environments advice and support
Our team of learning designers and online teaching and learning specialists are available to discuss general LTI project ideas. Please contact us via Service Now.
Top tips for LTI applications
Familiarise yourself with the LTI categories
Each year, the Chancellery accepts applications for LTI funding in the form of both financial grants and direct support from dedicated teaching and learning staff.
The focus changes from year to year, so we recommend rechecking the guidelines every year to see what areas are being targeted, including the priorities for the General Learning and Teaching Grants category.
Include an indicative timeline
General category LTI grants are funded for 12 months. This year, applications close Friday 21 May 2021 and results will be announced by 25 June 2021.
Learning Environments usually recommend a 3 month development time frame for targeted curriculum design projects and media productions, and 6 month time frame for whole of subject designs or large media projects. Each year, the months leading up to Semester 1 go-live are also a period of peak activity, so if you are planning to launch in Semester 1 2022, ideally your project should be ready to go in the latter half of 2021. For projects launching in Semester 2 2022, you should be planning to start work in earnest as soon as Semester 1 is underway.
Be specific about student outcomes
General category LTIs are a perfect launching pad for innovative curriculum designs and the use of new technologies to enhance learning. But make sure you articulate the link between the innovation and student outcomes. If you are adding interactivity, be specific about which elements will be made interactive and why.
If you are using new technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality or 360 video, you should also include information about how students will access these media items equitably.
When proposing videos, consider which parts of the content will be filmed and how this will improve student outcomes.
Identify a project lead
The LTI form allows for larger teams to submit joint applications, and innovative projects can often span different subjects, disciplines or faculties. Note that the first listed applicant is considered the project lead. This should be someone with good availability during the proposed development period, and ideally someone who can help set development milestones to keep the whole team on track.
Include a budget breakdown
This year, grants are being awarded up to the sum of $30,000 and the award panel will be critically assessing proposed budgets. Make sure to justify your budget.
If you are proposing to hire someone to complete the work, consider including a breakdown of where you think they will be focussing their efforts.
If you are proposing to invest in the development of media or to deploy a new technology, consider identifying who will complete the work.
If you’re not sure what’s possible or what your proposal might cost, Learning Environments are always available to help you scope and budget your proposal, just get in touch.