Change One Thing Challenge


Deadline for Application: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm AST.


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, 2021 and March 31, 2022. With the given restrictions on travel applicants may opt to attend an online conference. If you would like suggestions for virtual teaching and learning conferences, please reach out to the CLT.

Deadline for Application: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm AST.

Award Availability 2020-2021: One grant of up to $1,000 is available.


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

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

Submission Details

To be submitted as part of the grant application, using the Change One Thing Challenge Grant Application form


*If you have issues accessing the form, please email and we can send it directly to you.

  • 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

Grant applications must be submitted as one full package on, Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm AST. Electronic submission applications can be emailed to: Unless given permission, applications must be in a single .pdf formatted document. Specifics for electronic submissions include:

  • Email’s subject should be: “Change One Thing Challenge Submission [YEAR]”.
  • File name must follow the format [LAST NAME OF APPLICANT, CHANGE ONE THING CHALLENGE, YEAR].
  • Co-applicants: Indicate if you are submitting on behalf of the project lead in the email body.

If you encounter technical issues or have any questions, please contact the Centre for Learning & Teaching at or by phone at (902) 494-1622.


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

Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty, PhD
Educational Developer
(Scholarship of Teaching & Learning | Classroom Spaces)
Tel: (902) 494-4300 | Email: