The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) is financed by a portion of tuition fees paid by undergraduate and graduate students to UBC Vancouver (UBC-V). When the Board of Governors approved tuition fee increases in the early 1990s, it was resolved that the TLEF would be established based on the following five principles:
- The proposals recommended for funding will significantly contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning.
- The projects will result in sustainable benefits to students.
- Outcomes-based criteria will be used to evaluate project success.
- The proposed budget is reasonable and in line with the objectives of the project.
- Students have been/will be involved in development and/or implementation of the proposal.
Priority Focus Areas for 2019
For Large TLEF Transformation projects, we particularly welcome proposals that address one or more of the following thematic areas:
- Enhanced experiential and work-integrated learning opportunities (including proposals that support ongoing reflection and validation of experiential activities).
- Development of validated methods to assess student learning and integrate learning analytics to enhance data-driven approaches to improve student learning.
- Enhancing the scholarly communications skills (writing, speaking, listening, reading) of students.
- Strengthen and expand Indigenous-focused curricula in existing programs, and competence for instructors in working with Indigenous topics.
- Development of approaches, resources or activities that actively engage with diversity and build capacity for inclusion in teaching and learning contexts.
- Creation or integration of open educational resources to make education more affordable and accessible to students.
- Proposal targets enhancement of teaching and learning that benefits a significant number of students directly (e.g. enhancement of curriculum, services, and resources) and/or indirectly (e.g. training of faculty and staff in new learning technologies).
- Proposal provides a clear rationale, methodology, and objectives that align with the TLEF’s principles and UBC’s Strategic Plan.
- Expected project outcomes are well defined and achievable.
- Proposal provides evidence of consultation with stakeholders in the Faculty and University who will be involved in supporting the project (this consultation is particularly important in projects that involve curriculum or learning technology development).
- Proposal provides a sustainment plan for project activities, with attention to how the project will be sustained beyond the TLEF funding window. For multi-year projects, detailed plans are needed in 2nd- or 3rd-year funding applications with an indication of the source of future sustainment funding.
- Proposal outlines an evaluation plan that identifies key outcomes-based criteria that will be used to determine the project’s success/impact, as well as the methods by which data will be collected and evaluated.
- Proposal describes how students were consulted in the preparation of the proposal, and how students will be involved in the development and implementation of the project.
Distinctions Between Large TLEF Transformation and Small TLEF Innovation Projects
Large TLEF Transformation Projects
- Total possible funding over the life of the project: $250,000
- Two-stage approval process: letter of intent (LOI) and proposal
- Faculty approval of LOI and proposal (rank and rationale)
- Consultation/check-in required with Senior Associate Director, CTLT
- Teaching and learning fellows and student research assistants can be supported with TLEF funds
- Faculty course releases (50% from TLEF; 50% from Faculty) – up to $10,000 per course
- Evaluation strategy of long-term impact required in proposal
Small TLEF Innovation Projects
- Total possible funding over the life of the project: $50,000
- Single-stage approval process: proposal
- Faculty recommendation on proposal (with ranking and rationale)
- Consultation with CTLT recommended in particular for multi-year proposals
- Faculty course releases cannot be funded through TLEF funding
- UBC-V faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply as Principal Applicants for TLEF funding. If the Principal Applicant is a student, the application must be supported and signed by a co-applicant who is a faculty member. Students cannot be Principal Applicants for Large TLEF Transformation projects.
- Principal Applicants to the TLEF cannot hold more than one TLEF grant concurrently. Co-applicants can be involved in more than one active TLEF project at a time.
- Applied, experimental research on the implementation of teaching and learning enhancement in a UBC course can be supported by the TLEF. The TLEF will not, however, fund general research activities on teaching and learning topics.
- Teaching and Learning materials developed with the support of the TLEF must be made available for re-use within UBC. Successful applicants are also encouraged to license materials developed under an appropriate Creative Commons license.
Areas Ineligible for TLEF Funding
- Proposals targeting medical residents are ineligible for TLEF funding consideration unless a significant number of UBC students would also directly benefit from the project. This follows the Senate resolution that medical residents are not classified as students.
- The TLEF does not fund student co-curricular activities, teams and competitions without a demonstrable classroom (pedagogical) component and a faculty member as a co-applicant.
- Full cost-recovery master’s programs in Extended Learning are ineligible for TLEF funding. The TLEF focuses on supporting the enhancement of student learning and innovation in teaching in direct entry, graduate, and entry-to-practice programs. Projects focused on Faculty-led enhancements in Extended Learning should pursue the possibility of receiving central support by contacting Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning.
- Projects focused on the development of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) through edX are ineligible for TLEF funding. If you are interested in developing a MOOC project, please contact Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning.