ELF Departmental Enhancement

Scholars in Residence group in the IC Rooftop Garden

Departmental and Cross-Departmental EL Enhancement (up to $25,000)

Proposals will identify an experiential learning component(s) that enhances course learning objectives and/or will be collaborative in nature, with co-applicants from one or more academic unit(s), and will integrate EL at the program level – types of experiential learning. Co-curricular initiatives are eligible if they align with broader program goals and/or directly support professional development of students. New and/or developing EL course-based projects are eligible. Additionally, we are open to receiving proposals that work to leverage learnings from and/or adapt impacts related to the pandemic. Deadline 1 April 2024.

QUESTIONS? Achieving excellence in experiential learning is a team effort and Team Xperience is here at any point along your path to guide you. Questions about your application can be directed to experiential.utsc@utoronto.ca.

ELF Fund Application Process


*New this year is the online ELF application form. Please review before beginning your online application-

  1. Before submitting, please contact experiential.utsc@utoronto.ca and a member of U of T Scarborough Team Xperience will set up a conversation to support the development of your application.
  2. Prepare your application responses on a separate document. For any fields that may not be applicable to your project, please indicate N/A in your online application. Responses exceeding the character limit (if applicable) will not be included in your online form submission. 

Application Requirements:

Section A: General Information

  • Applicant(s) first and last name
  • Utoronto e-mail address
  • Department(s)
  • Project title
  • Course name(s)
  • Course code(s)
  • Anticipated number of students
  • Number of community partners
  • Number of students per community partner
  • Term (Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, Summer 2025)
  • Anticipated start date
  • Anticipated end date
  • Indicate which funds applying for (departmental & cross-departmental enhancement, community-engaged learning relationship development, global local initiatives)

Section B: Types of Experiential Learning

The University of Toronto continues to identify and tag all experiential learning opportunities across our full slate of course offerings. To align with the University of Toronto typology that identifies experiential learning courses, please select the most relevant experiential learning type(s) for your project. For more information on the different types of EL, including partnership-based experiences and university-based experiencesExperiential Learning (EL) Hub. For U of T Scarborough-specific examples of these opportunities - UTSC Experiential and Global Learning (EGL) SharePoint.  

Partnership-Based Experiences 

  • Academic internship
  • Professional practicum
  • Partnered field experience
  • Organization-partnered experience

University-Based Experiences

  • Performance and artistic production
  • Simulated work experience
  • Non-partnered field experience
  • Advanced design
  • Advanced laboratory
  • Research-intensive

Please comment on each of the selected EL types, if applicable (250 character limit, including spaces).

Section C: Project Description 

This brief description may be used for the EL website and/or added to the UTSC Experiential and Global Learning SharePoint for faculty, staff and librarians to review past successful projects (500 character limit, including spaces). 

Section D: Rationale

UTSC’s Strategic Plan outlines a values-based approach to Inspiring Inclusive Excellence (p.14). Provide a rationale for your proposed project using this four-pronged framework and an EDIA lens. Explain how the intended experiential learning activity will: (1) address course and/or program learning outcomes; (2) enhance student learning; (3) incorporate key EL evaluation components (i.e. reflective inquiry); (4) identify and/or inform impact on our community and industry partners; (5) ensure inclusive and accessible opportunities to encourage the participation and inclusion of students with disabilities. Finally, please explain how your project will shift to remote learning should public health measures require such a return (5000 character limit, including spaces). 

Reflection is the key to creating connections between students’ EL experiences, their course work, previous knowledge, and how they will use this knowledge in the future. Most students do not find it easy to create deep reflections, but with practice reflection will become very rewarding. There are many ways to assign and assess reflection in your course. For ideas on how to get started - list of possible assignments.  Supporting Meaningful Reflection may also be useful in teaching reflective practices to your students. 

Section E: Project Timeline

Provide a brief project timeline (point form).

Section F: Budget / Expenditures

Provide a list of the requested project expenses. For each expense, include a description and the amount requested. Also include the total amount requested for all expenses combined. If you intend to apply for additional Transformative Teaching & Learning Funds (TTLF) for this project (e.g. Teaching Enhancement Grants (TEG) or Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (PIE)), please indicate the total amount requested for each fund - Budget Document

Eligible Expenses 

  • Hiring casual staff for project development, coordination, and implementation. Proposals requesting staff support should describe how it complements existing staff resources on campus. Support for placement development and curricular integration is offered centrally through Arts & Science Co-op, Community Partnerships & Engagement, and the Centre for Teaching & Learning.
  • Hiring teaching/research assistants and/or Co-op students for programming and support 
  • Reimbursement of student expenses 
  • Costs associated with student preparation for experiential learning 
  • EL-related technology support 
  • Honoraria for external partners 
  • Student stipends 
  • Project events (workshops, student conferences, community events, etc.) 
  • Communication and dissemination (websites, graphic design, printing, etc.) 

Section G: Letter of Support

Applicants must include with their proposal package, a signed statement of support from the Department Chair(s) of the project lead(s). Letter of Support <TEMPLATE>. Chairs are welcome to use this template or may write their own, if preferred. 

  3. Using the information prepared, complete your online application -

 ELF application form

  • Proposals will be adjudicated by a committee chaired by the Associate Dean Experiential & Global Learning, with representatives from the Office of Vice-Principal Academic & Dean, Arts and Science Co-op & WIL, International Student Centre, Community Partnerships & Engagement and Centre for Teaching & Learning. 
  • Proposals will be reviewed and assessed based on their intrinsic pedagogical and experiential merit, and their alignment with the criteria of UTSC’s Strategic Plan Inspiring Inclusive Excellence and the Campus Curriculum Review. Adjudication Rubric
  • EL fund recipients will be expected to submit a final report of their project’s outcomes to the Office of Vice-Principal Academic & Dean upon completion of the funding cycle.
  • Projects undertaken through EL funding will be added to the EGL website and/or SharePoint to showcase past successful projects and facilitate cross-campus shared learning on experiential learning.