Transformational Learning Initiative Fund (TLIF) | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Transformational Learning Initiative Fund (TLIF)

Call for Submissions

The Transformational Learning Initiatives Fund now has two submission criteria to better support the development of teaching and learning practices in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.


The School has identified ‘active learning’, ‘research with impact’ and ‘community engagement’ as the three pillars underlining our vision and mission. Similar to the University-wide Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF), the Lang Transformational Learning Initiatives Fund seeks to support projects and opportunities that will enrich the learning experience of our students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Submissions can be to support innovations and/or research in the classroom, or support a professional development opportunity related to teaching and learning.

The overall objective of the fund is to support and improve our collective expertise in active and experiential learning. As such, Lang will host an annual seminar where beneficiaries of the fund will be required provide a brief write-up of the project and its outcomes that can be shared with all, and deliver a debrief seminar or workshop on their project for the broader Lang community. Awardees will also be encouraged to consider the publication and presentation of their ‘TLIF’ work at relevant SoTL events either in Guelph (e.g. TLI) or elsewhere.

Innovations and/or research in the classroom

Awards are normally up to a maximum of $10,000 each (larger and smaller amounts will be considered as appropriate). A maximum of $60,000 will be available per annum.

The TLIF is intended to support action-based research and pedagogical development, with a focus on supporting discipline-specific teaching and learning practices in the School. All submissions will be considered on their merit, with projects designed to enhance the learning experience of business and economic students broadly, and thus potentially transferable with a wider impact, will be considered favourably. As with the University-wide LEF, the goal is to develop initiatives that are effective, efficient and sustainable.

The TLIF fund is not intended to support activities that will require ongoing and regular financial contributions. The fund is not a subsidy for electronic classroom resources. The TLIF will also not generally be used to support faculty buy-out from course teaching activities.


Professional development related to teaching and learning

The TLIF is also intended to support the culture of teaching and learning in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. Therefore the fund could also be used to support faculty and staff attendance at SOTL conferences and professional development opportunities related to teaching and learning.

Submission Deadline: Applications are open year round, but with semester deadlines.

2018-2019 Deadlines Summer '18 Fall '18 Winter '19 Summer '19
  July 27, 2018 October 26, 2018 February 22, 2019 June 21, 2019

For questions about the fund, possible initiatives or a general discussion on your ideas, please contact Jackie Hamilton, Senior Manager, Learning, Assessment, Accreditation 

TLIF Selection Criteria

Funding requests will be reviewed by the Associate Dean (Academic), the Manager, Academic Programs and a representative from the Office of Educational Support, OpenEd. Submissions are accepted electronically will be evaluated and awarded based on the following criteria:

  • definition of the teaching or learning problem or issue which the project seeks to address;
  • explanation of the proposed intervention or initiative that will seek to address the issue or problem and strengthen teaching and learning in demonstrable ways;
  • explanation of the metrics which will be used to measure the success of the intervention or initiative;
  • relationship to active learning and the needs for improvement or development identified in the School's integrated plan;
  • sustainability of any initiative beyond the timeline of the funding; budget viability and timelines to completion as defined at the time of submission.
  • For professional development opportunities, we will evaluate the relevance of the conference as well as how you tend to use your experiences to further enhance teaching and learning practices at Lang.