The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) was created in 2010 to encourage innovation in teaching, learning and the student experience. At that time, (Phase One), the purpose of the Fund was the provision of seed grants to faculty, staff and students to support a wide range of projects promoting teaching and learning and the student experience. Phase Two of the AIF, which began in 2015-16 and is currently underway, has taken a somewhat more focused approach, addressing particular institutional priorities that are articulated in York’s University Academic Plan (2015-2020), Strategic Mandate Agreement and the Institutional Integrated Resource Plan: eLearning, Experiential Education, First Year Experience (within the curriculum), and Internationalization.
The success of these funded initiatives allowed York to build pan-University strategies and systems supporting the further growth and development of curricular innovation through various forms of eLearning and Experiential Education. Many of our students are currently benefiting from these innovations. Over 9 million dollars was invested across 185 projects in both categories. We have woven these projects together and begun to build systems that will provide Faculties with the support and tools that are needed to create more and better learning environments.