Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Digital Practice Awards

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Technology Enhanced Learning offer annual grants to support the development of innovative practices in the use of technology within teaching and learning.

The Digital Practice Awards give staff the opportunity to develop or experiment with new tools, resources or teaching approaches with the potential to inform practice in their School or disciplinary area. Participation also demonstrates a commitment to enhancement of the student experience.

Successful applicants will be supported by Learning Technologists in the development and implementation of the project. There is an expectation that awardees will actively contribute to the sharing of good practice across the institution by showcasing the outcomes and lessons learned from their innovation at relevant networking/dissemination events and through the production of a short video case study or blog post.

Who can apply?

Light blue application form iconThe Digital Practice Awards are open to all Sussex teaching and research staff. TEL can provide advice on applying for a grant – particularly around project scope, resource requirements and timescales.


money iconSuccessful projects will be awarded up to a maximum of £1000 which can be used to fund software, hardware or facilitate meetings or events relating to the implementation of the project.

clock iconThe application process is currently closed. This page will be updated in 2018/19 when a new call for submissions will be announced.

Criteria & Selection

Proposals are invited for projects which experiment with original ways of using technology to enhance the student learning experience or which rethink and seek to improve existing teaching methods.   Examples may include:

  • tools or approaches to facilitate active learning
  • use of technology to ‘flip’ lectures
  • using technology to develop open educational practices and resources
  • approaches to developing student digital literacies
  • novel use of audio/video within disciplinary contexts
  • innovative use of technology in formative assessment and feedback
  • innovative use of technology in diverse teaching environments e.g. labs, studios etc
  • tools or approaches to facilitate peer/collaborative learning
  • use of technology to ‘flip’ lectures

All proposals must:

  • clearly indicate the designated project lead and members of the project team
  • include clear aims and learning objectives aligned to a defined set of project deliverables
  • clearly demonstrate what is innovative about the proposed project and how it will enhance the student experience
  • identify the number of students directly benefiting from the proposed innovation
  • be feasible within the stated timescale and articulate the learning technology support required from TEL to achieve the project outcomes
  • outline how the effectiveness of the project will be evaluated
  • indicate how the project will embed lessons learned, share progress and disseminate good practice within the institution and, where relevant, the wider higher education community.

Special consideration will be given to projects that:

  • actively involve students as partners in the proposed innovation or;
  • involve cross-School collaborations addressing a particular teaching and learning issue.

Proposals will be assessed by TEL who will notify the successful applicants. Funded projects will receive recognition via the Technology Enhanced Learning blog and a special edition of the TELeGRAM newsletter.


Funding recipients are expected to:

  • Develop, in collaboration with TEL, a case study (in the form of a digital artefact e.g. a video clip, podcast or blog post) to support dissemination of project outcomes, impact on the student experience and lessons learned.
  • Attend a networking/dissemination event organised by TEL with other grant awardees to share information about projects and their deliverables.
  • Plan for sustaining the successful innovations following the completion of the award.

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The application process is currently closed. This page will be updated in 2018/19 when a new call for submissions will be announced.


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