The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) is financed by a portion of tuition fees paid by undergraduate and graduate students to UBC Vancouver (UBCV). 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.
We particularly welcome TLEF proposals that address one or more of the following thematic areas:
- Projects that experiment with a mixture of in-person and online modalities, including hybrid, multi-access and fully online projects to enhance flexibility and accessibility for students.
- Development of validated methods to assess student learning and integrate learning analytics to enhance evidence-informed pedagogies to improve student learning.
- Enhanced experiential and work-integrated learning opportunities (including proposals that support ongoing reflection and validation of experiential activities).
- Enhance interdisciplinary learning in existing courses for students through a wide range of teaching opportunities.
- 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.
- Development or integration of approaches relating to academic integrity into the first and second year of curricula.
TLEF proposals will be reviewed by a TLEF Adjudication committee based upon the following criteria:
- The 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 pedagogies or learning technologies).
- The proposal provides a clear rationale, methodology, and objectives that align with the TLEF’s principles and UBC’s Strategic Plan.
- The proposal articulates project outcomes that are well defined and achievable.
- The proposal provides evidence of consultation with stakeholders in the Faculty and University who will be involved in supporting the project (this consultation is essential in projects that involve curriculum or learning technology development).
- The proposal will lead to resource development or activities that actively engage aspects of equity, diversity, and inclusion, with consideration of strategies to address equitable participation for all students in the implementation of the project.
- The 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.
- The proposal provides an evaluation plan complete with 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.
- The 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.
Large TLEF Transformation Projects
- Total possible funding over the life of the project: $200,000 (for new Large TLEF projects submitted as part of the 2023 Large TLEF Special Call).
- Two-stage approval process: letter of intent (LOI) and proposal
- Faculty approval of LOI and proposal (rank and rationale)
- Teaching Assistants covered by Faculty; 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
- Consultation/check-in required with Senior Associate Director, CTLT
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)
- Teaching Assistants, student Research Assistants, and Teaching and Learning Fellows can be supported with TLEF funds
- Faculty course releases cannot be funded through TLEF funding
- Consultation with the CTLT recommended in particular for multi-year proposals
- For the 2023/24 Large TLEF Special Call, only UBCV faculty are eligible to apply as Principal applicant.
- UBCV faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply as Principal Applicants for Small TLEF Innovation Project funding. If the Principal Applicant is a student, the application must be supported by a co-applicant who is a faculty member.
- 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 does 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. TLEF project teams are encouraged to license and share materials developed with TLEF funding under an appropriate Creative Commons license.
- Proposals targeting medical residents are ineligible for TLEF funding 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 are ineligible for TLEF funding. The TLEF supports the enhancement of student learning and innovation in teaching in direct entry, graduate, and entry-to-practice programs.
- For projects focused on Faculty-led enhancements to cost-recovery programs, applicants should contact Andrea Han, Associate Director, Curriculum and Course Services at CTLT (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore the potential of non-financial support.
- For projects focused on online Graduate Certificates or professional or supplemental education areas, applicants should consider submitting a proposal to the Continuous Learning Advancement Fund, or contact Anne-Rae Vasquez, Director, Academic Services, Extended Learning (email@example.com) for more details. Faculty or departments seeking support for new programs should contact the appropriate Dean's office as well as UBC's New Programs Hub (firstname.lastname@example.org).