1. Eligibility
  2. Funding
  3. Technology Selection
  4. Project Requirements
  5. Evaluation Criteria
  6. Examples of Topics for Innovation

The Future Learning Innovation Fellowship provides funding and support for instructors and academic units interested in incorporating new or innovative technologies to solve defined teaching and learning problems or challenges (e.g. student engagement, student success). Funding covers the period from January 2023 to April 2024 and will include a phased development and implementation, participation in a teaching community, as well as a plan for dissemination of discoveries and reflections.


All faculty members, instructors, unit chairs and directors are eligible. Contract instructors may apply if they have support from their departmental chair/director.


The value of the fund is $10,000 per project. The length of the fellowship is from January 2023 to April 2024.

Successful participants may choose to receive funds as direct financial compensation, which will be taxed as salary income, or as a grant deposited to an appropriate internal account (administered by the participant).

Successful contract instructors are eligible only for direct financial compensation.

In addition to monetary support, successful applicants will receive support from TLS and will also be prioritized for TLS development support, including the Students as Partners Program, educational development, educational technology and media production.

Technology Selection

The fellowship requires:

  1. Use of a supported technology to solve a teaching/learning problem in an innovative way. Supported technologies include: Brightspace, cuPortfolio, Zoom, Poll Everywhere, H5P, or
  2. Use of an emerging technology to solve a teaching/learning problem in an innovative way. Emerging technologies include: XR (mixed reality, including AR, VR) AI or tools like Feedback Fruits.

If your project proposal uses a technology not listed here, please reach out to us at tls@carleton.ca.

Project Requirements

  • A commitment to using technologies in equitable ways
  • Apply technology to address the teaching challenge to at least one class during the project timeframe
  • Commitment to participate in bi-monthly community of practice meetings
  • Commitment to share experiences, findings and reflections through an academic output, such as a journal article or book chapter, conference, or TLS organized showcase.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by TLS using the following criteria:

  • Eligibility to participate
  • Clarity of a defined teaching problem(s)
  • Innovative or original approach using either enterprise supported technologies or scalable new technologies that might broaden or deepen Carleton University’s suite of educational technology tools in a significant way
  • Potential to engage or impact a diverse student population
  • Area of exploration/educational technology to be explored
  • A project assessment plan. This does not necessarily need to show success or improvement (failure is part of innovation), but the funded projects need to have key indicators baked into the plan
  • Commitment to participate in communities of practice and disseminate work

*Projects will be selected from a variety of disciplines using a variety of tools.

Examples of Topics for Innovation

  • Reflective learning using cuPortfolio
  • Enhancing student engagement using H5P
  • Enhancing student engagement using Poll Everywhere
  • Digital storytelling using student created videos
  • Rethinking assessment: diagnostic, formative, summative
  • Building a class using team-based learning tools
  • Creating impact using peer assessment and group evaluation tools
  • Creating class annotated reading assignments to increase reading motivations
  • Creating online discussions that foster critical thinking