Change One Thing Challenge


The Change One Thing Challenge is an open invitation to the university teaching community to submit a description of a student engagement activity that has been developed as part of their current teaching practice, and that they believe has a positive impact on student learning.


An engagement activity that you developed within the last 24 months and that is still part of your current teaching practice.

Please note that to be eligible for this round of funding travel must be started and completed between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

Award Availability 2019-2020: One grant of up to $1,000 is available.

This award has closed. 


Describe a student engagement activity that has a positive impact on student learning in one of your courses. You may also provide evidence through student testimonies (not required).

Examples of Activities

  • Collaborative assignments and projects
  • Undergraduate research experiences
  • Service learning
  • Community-based learning
  • Capstone courses and projects
  • Experiential learning
  • Using technology to enhance student engagement
  • Anything that works!

Benefits for the Winner

  1. One winner, as determined by a review panel, will receive a Change One Thing Challenge Grant for up to $1000 to support travel to a teaching and learning conference.

Your Submission Must Include

  • Title, name, department, contact information
  • Short 75 word biography
  • Short 150 word abstract
  • A clear goal for the activity
  • Why you developed your activity
  • Describe the impact on student learning
  • Include a short literature review on the topic (what readings inspired, informed and/or guided your decision in creating and running your activity)
  • Written submissions should be less than 2000 words

Criteria for Winner Selection

  • Rationalization for the activity within your teaching context
  • Clear connections in the design between student engagement and learning
  • Evidence of impact 

Submission Procedures

  • Submit a word file to or to the following address by regular or campus mail, on or before the closing date with the Subject Heading: Change One Thing Challenge Submission. 
  • Address:  Selection Committee, Teaching and Learning Grants
    Centre for Learning and Teaching
    Killam Library, Suite G90
  • Please use 12pt font size and 1” margins
  • Queries should be directed to Suzanne Le-May Sheffield ( or 902-494-1894)

Any questions or requests for assistance with the development of proposals may be directed to:

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Ph.D.
Centre for Learning and Teaching
Tel: (902) 494-1894 | Email: Suzanne.Sheffield@Dal.Ca