A Brief History

The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) was created in 2010 to encourage innovation in teaching, learning and the student experience. The purpose of the Fund was the provision of seed grants to support a wide range of projects promoting teaching and learning and the student experience. AIF now 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. Phase Three, Category I Funding will support academic innovation projects, and Category II funding support Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects.

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 1.5 million dollars will be invested across Phase 3 projects in both Category I and II. 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.