NEW Deadline for applications: Tuesday 30 April 2019

IGNITE! grants support large-scale, technology informed, initiatives with the potential to have a substantial and lasting impact on teaching, learning and assessment at course or programme level.

We will offer funding up to £10,000 per project for course or programme level redesigns which integrate technology to enhance students’ learning experience.

These grants are open to all academic staff at the School, as well as to programme or course teams (or whole departments). For funding of smaller scale projects visit our SPARK! funding opportunities.

Successful IGNITE! projects should help the School deliver on its strategic aims to enhance the quality of teaching and learning through technological innovation. The goals of IGNITE! are to:

⦿ transform the student experience

⦿ support the School’s Education Strategy

⦿ improve NSS results

⦿ maximise the opportunities for feedback and development of new ideas

⦿ develop educational projects that set teaching and learning on fire through the use of technology, and

⦿ inspire others to follow.

Tuesday 30 April 2019 (Summer Term Week 1).

IGNITE! is a scheme open to LSE teaching staff on the LSE payroll (e.g. Course conveners, GTAs, Programme Directors etc.).

Applicants need to be supported by their Head of Department (or Deputy Head of department for Teaching and Learning). HoDs will have to complete the IGNITE! statement of support.

Applicants need to be available throughout the project (including evaluation). Should there be a change in their availability (e.g. sabbatical, maternity leave, etc.), applicants will need to inform LTI as soon as possible to make the necessary adjustments.

Funding covers:

⦿ Cost of software licence, technology, etc. for the period of the grant

⦿ Hourly-paid staff time

  • i.e. Research Assistant, extra GTA time (particularly covering evaluation costs)

⦿ Conference registration fees (excluding travel)
⦿ Equipment. LTI are offering kits of equipment that can be borrowed for up to a year:

  • Filming equipment
  • iPad kits: iPad Air or iPad Mini
  • Podcasting kits: Zoom H1 digital audio recorder and accessories

⦿ In 2019 you can also apply for LTI iPad kits and you will be able to keep them after the completion of the project. For further information, please email LTI

Funding cannot cover:

⦿ Ongoing software license, technology, etc. beyond the period of the grant. Applicants should arrange ongoing costs with their department

⦿ Funding cannot be used to release academics from their teaching responsibilities (i.e. buying out of your own teaching time), but can be used to hire GTAs or Research Assistants specifically for the project.

⦿ Conference travel fees (these should be arranged by the applicant)

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

⦿ Active involvement of a wide variety of people within the department (departmental staff, teaching staff and students).

⦿ The extent that the project should improve/enhance the student experience.

⦿ The extent to which the project is innovative within the Department/School. We will not fund replications of existing practice within the same department.

⦿ Clear rationale, aims & objectives.

⦿ Appropriate method to achieve the aims.

⦿ Clear set of outcomes and plan to evaluate and disseminate them.

⦿ Sustainability. If there are expectations of ongoing costs or support requirements beyond the initial grant period, applicants should outline how the course/department will meet these.

⦿ Transferability. If there are plans to adopt the proposed approach or intervention for other courses within your department or discipline.

⦿ The degree of scalability across disciplines or the School.

Draft proposal submissions and consultations (strongly recommended) 

Considering the scale of funding, we strongly recommend that you submit a draft proposal of your intended project (abstract) prior to your final application to LTI. LTI will arrange a meeting to provide you with feedback and advice, and where possible will connect you with others within the School that may be helpful for your project. 
If you wish to discuss anything prior to the draft proposal submission please email LTI for an appointment with one of our Senior Learning Technologists.

Before you apply:

  1. Inform your Head of Department (or Deputy Head of department for Teaching and Learning) of your application. You will need their approval. HoDs will have to complete the IGNITE! statement of support.
  2. Make sure your proposal meets all the required School Quality Assurance processes (e.g. USSC/GSSC approval, and/or discussion with the Academic Partnerships and/or other departments, where/if necessary). For more information on Quality Assurance at LSE visit
  3. Make sure your proposal considers any ethical issues. For more information visit LSE’s Ethics Code on

How to apply:

Fill in the online IGNITE! application form.

N.B.: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Make sure you fill in the required information for each section, including budget breakdown, timescale and evaluation plan.

IGNITE! Agreement
By submitting your application, you agree to the IGNITE! grant expectations:

  1. To work in collaboration with the allocated LTI staff member for the whole duration of the project: design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination.
  2. To complete the project within the suggested timescales.
  3. To make every effort to attend a minimum of one dissemination event organised by LTI.
  4. To produce the IGNITE! evaluation report.
  5. To contribute to LTI’s efforts of dissemination with LSE’s teaching community (e.g. blog post, interview, etc.).
  6. Your project meets the required School Quality Assurance processes.
  7. Your project is in accordance with LSE’s Ethics Code.
  8. You have planned for or have received approval from USSC/GSSC.
You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application within a week. Please contact LTI if you haven’t received the confirmation.

LTI will review the applications before sending them to the SPARK! & IGNITE! committee. You may be contacted to provide further information or clarification on your application.

Applications will be reviewed by the committee comprised of key teaching and learning staff from across the School. However, incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the terms of agreement will not be considered.

Head of Teaching and Learning Centre (Chair)
Pro-Director, Education
Director of Academic and Professional Development
Senior Academics and/or previous LTI Grant holders
LSE Student Union Education Sabbatical Officer
LTI Senior Learning Technologists

Stage Dates
Deadline for applications Tuesday 30 April 2019 (Summer Term week 1)
LTI Review Summer Term Week 2
Committee Review Summer Term Week 3
Approval Summer Term Week 4
Notification Within two weeks of the Committee Review meeting
If you are successful

  1. You will receive a letter of approval from LTI signed by the Pro-Director, Education.
  2. Your allocated LTI staff member will contact you to arrange an initial meeting to discuss and agree:
    • the practicalities of the project (design, timescales, resources, evaluation and dissemination plan)
    • the roles and responsibilities of involved stakeholders.
  3. After the meeting you will receive a summary of everything and discussed and agreed, including a reminder of the terms of agreement.
  4. The project will officially kick off following your consent to everything discussed and agreed with your allocated Learning Technologist. Following that, LTI will arrange transfer of the funds and/or start the equipment loan process as agreed.

If you are not successful

You will receive a letter explaining to you the reasons why your application was not successful and further recommendations.

The project aims to enhance the quality of feedback on essay-based student coursework by improving the efficiency of marking using iPads. by doing so, there will be an improvement on the quality of feedback on assessment to students while maintaining the timeliness of feedback. According to Dr. Pik, “students need timely constructive feedback to improve on their learning. The markers and I have tried to provide annotated feedback but we eventually only managed to do a very small number at a basic level because (1) the process was very time consuming using computers, (2) we also want to provide the criteria-based feedback, and (3) we had a short turnaround timeframe considering the benchmarking/scrutiny/moderation/standardisation that need to take place to ensure consistency in marking among markers.

This project is a continuation of Stage 1 (see below) to produce course notes, lecture summaries, and a question bank in collaboration with students as well as interactive simulations and interactive and static graphics to improve their learning. We will leverage online technologies, professional editing, graphic design, and programming to create high quality interactive course notes that will serve as an always updating and up to date textbook replacement. This will enhance student learning by having them explain concepts to each other, discuss, comment on and edit the course notes to ask myself and the GTA questions, and facilitate discussion among each other. They will develop a model model of the the mathematical and simulation models by playing with the online, interactive simulations, which require no special software.

The game was developed for students to experience the dynamics and limitations of ‘market’ and ‘regulation’ through gaming. It incorporates game design mechanics and techniques with an aim to encourage knowledge acquisition, skills development, collaboration and discussions in reference to the academic literature. Click here to read the case study article.

The Long Day of Young Peng is a point and click serious game exploring key themes in the study of contemporary China through the eyes of a young Chinese migrant. Watch here the video game.

“Students will be helping to co-create the course material and thereby improving their own learning by thinking about how best to explain topics to other students (or simply identifying what does and doesn’t make sense).” Michael Muthukrishna, Department of Psychology. Read more

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students designing and conducting Participatory Action Research using tablets and specialist software to collect information from communities. See the brochure about the project.

A multilingual platform of audio and audio-visual materials to develop students’ interactive aural skills and increase their language exposure. Click here to see the multilingual platform in Moodle.

(Re)designing three Moodle courses  to maximise their pedagogical aims and deliver with a more distinct look and feel with clear links to Mahara for professional skills development.

This Ignite! project will fund two state-of-the-art wifi-connected weather and air quality monitoring stations, with one to be deployed at LSE (St Clement Building), and the other at Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre (Dorking). The monitoring stations and their datasets will provide an array of new experiential teaching and real-world problem-solving opportunities. Activities will include supplemental data visualisation course classes (with students using Google Data Studio to build ‘realtime data dashboards’); class trips to inspect the LSE monitoring station; integration with the new first-year fieldtrip; new options for formative and summative assessment; and a co-curricular ‘hackathon’ DIY monitoring and data vis workshop with guest judges from BBC Weather, and a leading digital marketing firm.