Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Digital Practice Awards - Applications

Technology Enhanced Learning are offering grants of up to £1000 to support innovation in academic practice.

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The Digital Practice Awards give staff the opportunity to develop or experiment with new tools, resources or teaching approaches. Participation also demonstrates an active commitment to the development of scholarly practice and to the enhancement of the student experience.

Successful applicants will be supported by Learning Technologists from TEL to implement their project, which will run throughout the 2019/20 Spring Semester. 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 iconProposals must be submitted online by 5pm on Friday 13th December 2019. We will notify all applicants of the outcome by Friday 6th January 2020. All funds must be spent by Friday 31st July 2020 and projects must be completed by Tuesday 1st September 2020.
Criteria & Selection

Proposals are invited for projects which experiment with original ways of using digital technologies 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/collaborative learning
  • novel use of audio/video within disciplinary contexts
  • innovative use of technology in formative assessment and feedback
  • the use of immersive technologies such as VR and AR.

All proposals must:

  • include clear aims 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
  • be feasible within one semester and articulate the 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.

See our Digital Practice Awards Case Studies and Innovation Scheme Case Studies for examples of previous projects.


Funding recipients are expected to:

  • Develop, in collaboration with TEL, a case study (in the form of a video, podcast or blog post) to support dissemination of project outcomes.
  • Attend a networking/dissemination event organised by TEL with other grant awardees to share information about projects and their deliverables.

How to ApplyApplication form icon

Please download the Digital Practice Awards application form and send your completed form to by 5pm on Friday 13th December 2019.


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