New LITE Grant Recipients Announced

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In collaboration with the Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic, the Centre for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce that two LITE Full Grant projects were funded through the October 2013 competition.  Congratulations to the recipients!





Project: A Comparison of Traditional and Experiential Approaches to First-Year Geomatics Instruction
Grant recipients: Peter Johnson, Peter Deadman, and Richard Kelly, Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Project: Enhancing Written Communication in Social Work
Grant recipients: Alice Schmidt Hanbidge, School of Social Work and Judi Jewinski, Provost’s Office

The purpose of the LITE Grants is to provide support for experimenting with and investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching that aim to foster deep student learning at the University of Waterloo.  Two kinds of grants are available: LITE Seed Grants for one-year projects up to $5,000, and LITE Full Grants for two-year projects up to $30,000. Both grant formats emphasize the contribution of the project to the University of Waterloo learning community.

For more information about the grants and to browse the descriptions and findings of completed LITE Grant projects, please visit the LITE Grant website.

Posted by: Julie Timmermans






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As the Instructional Developer - Consulting and Research, Julie supports research on teaching and learning. She is Chair of the annual teaching and learning conference at uWaterloo: Opportunities and New Directions and manages the Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Grant program. She also collaborates on research projects, regularly reviews journal manuscripts, and works on publications. Most recently, Julie has had the opportunity to facilitate a week-long course design workshop in Japan and see first-hand how the questions, frustrations, and joys related to teaching are both similar and different across cultures.