Welcome to the April 2017 issue of Innovatus


Finally, it seems that spring has arrived and with it, the news that 54 projects focused on experiential education, eLearning and internationalization developed by York University faculty and staff, will receive funding from the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF).

The announcement of the AIF funding is one of the stories published in this edition of Innovatus for April 2017. Innovatus, is a special issue of YFile that celebrates teaching, learning and the student experience at York University. Each month we explore how York University community members are expanding experiential learning, eLearning and internationalization in education.

In addition to the much-anticipated announcement of AIF funding, the third issue of Innovatus features an interesting array of stories focused on experiential education and eLearning. There is a feature article on a field course program for biology students and coverage of an outreach event to the Portuguese community that explored new opportunities for students in the Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies Program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. There’s a story on a group of faculty in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design who are taking online learning to new heights. The issue closes with a reminder to register for York University’s very successful Teaching in Focus conference and the STAY Symposium for Teaching Assistants. Both events will be held in May at the Keele campus.

Innovatus publishes on the third Friday of every month during the academic year. We have one more issue for this year and then we will spend the summer preparing new stories about teaching, learning and the student experience at York University. Innovatus is produced by the Office of the Associate Vice-President Teaching & Learning in partnership with Communications & Public Affairs.

As always, we are looking for unique story ideas. Share your experience with us through the Innovatus story form, which is available at http://tl.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=16573/.


Will Gage
Associate Vice-President Teaching & Learning