Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF)
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The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) was created in 1991 to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements. It is financed entirely by a portion of the student tuition paid to UBC Vancouver. Each year, the Provost invites applications for TLEF funding for initiatives that will improve the student learning experience at our university.
The call for Small TLEF Innovation projects is now closed
The call for Small Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) Innovation projects is now closed. The deadline for proposal submission was 3pm on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent for Large TLEF Transformation projects has closed. Selected projects were invited to submit a full proposal by October 14, 2021. Please visit the UBC TLEF web site for the full announcement and process for submission:
- Application Process – http://tlef.ubc.ca/application/application-process/
- TLEF Criteria – http://tlef.ubc.ca/application/tlef-criteria/
University Timelines for 2022 TLEF
Large TLEF Transformation Projects
Arts Internal Abstracts: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Letters of Intent: Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 3pm
Full Proposal Submission: October 14, 2021 at 3pm
Small TLEF Innovation Projects
Call for proposals announcement: September 2021
Proposal Submission: November 18, 2021 at 3pm
Support and Consultation
Proposal development support is available to Arts applicants through Arts ISIT and CTLT. ArtsISIT staff work closely with CTLT and can provide feedback on your proposal ahead of submission and help you with pedagogical approaches, learning technology, evaluation, learning analytics, budget development and background research. They will also assist in the coordination between similar projects within the Faculty and help you make connections to support from central units like CTLT, UBC Studios and the Emerging Media Lab.
If you have questions about the TLEF process or would like to receive support for your proposal, please contact Jason Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a request through the Arts ISIT helpdesk at email@example.com.
CTLT will also offer weekly drop-in sessions starting at the end of September through November for both TLEF and OER fund projects. For a schedule of drop-in sessions visit: https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/event-category/tlef/
- Redefining the Undergraduate Learning Experience in Creative Writing – John Vigna (Large TLEF)
- Educational and Career Outcomes for UBC Arts Students: Towards a new Paradigm – Sunaina Assanand (Large TLEF)
- Cultivating citizenship skills through teaching and learning in the humanities – Michael Griffin (Small TLEF)
- Writing in the Faculty of Arts: Understanding student learning and knowledge transfer in Arts Studies in Research and Writing (ASRW) – Katherine Power (Small TLEF)
- Asian Canadian Multimedia Production: Developing Curriculum Materials for Ethical Practices of Community Engagement – Chris Lee (Small TLEF)
Large TLEF Transformation projects
Large TLEF Transformation projects are multi-year projects that are intended to advance UBC’s strategic goals relating to transformative learning. Large TLEF project teams can request up to $250,000 over the life of the project. These projects typically aspire to impact multiple courses or programs, have the potential to involve collaboration across departments or Faculties, and align with one or more strategies or priorities in UBC’s strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.
Small TLEF Innovation Projects
Small TLEF innovation projects are grassroots projects that are intended to support experimentation with pedagogical approaches that have strong potential to enhance learning. Small TLEF innovation project teams can request up to $50,000 over the life of the project, and projects can run from one to three years. Funding for the 2nd and/or 3rd years of multi-year projects is contingent upon satisfactory progress in meeting project goals.
Additional Teaching Related Funding Opportunities
Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund
This fund supports funding for projects that advance UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan priority actions. For more information visit:
Open Educational Resources Fund
The call is now open for Open Educational Resources (OER) fund projects.
The OER Fund supports affordable and inclusive access to learning materials through the adoption and integration of open educational resources:
- OER Rapid Innovation Grants up to $2,000; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- OER Implementation Grants up to $25,000 to incorporate OERs as required materials into UBC Vancouver credit courses. Applications will be accepted until 3pm on November 25, 2021.
For more information, visit: https://oerfund.open.ubc.ca.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Two types of funding are available to faculty members:
- SoTL Seed program: Provides complementary funding for projects that research impactful pedagogies. Deadline: December 20, 2021Learn more at: https://isotl.ctlt.ubc.ca/services/sotl-seed-program/
- SoTL Dissemination Fund: May be used for expenses related to presenting or publishing SoTL work. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.Learn more at: https://isotl.ctlt.ubc.ca/services/sotl-dissemination-fund/
Students as Partners
This is a new fund that offers grants up to $7,100 per funded project to encourage faculty and students to work in partnership to redesign an undergraduate course. In total, up to 40 projects will be funded over the newst two years. Planning documents will be available October 25, 2021, with applications due February 1, 2022.
Find out more at: https://sap.ubc.ca
2020 TLEF Recipients
For the 2021 round of TLEF projects only projects renewals were funded due to a reallocation of funds to support remote teaching. In the 2020 round of TLEF funding, projects in the Faculty of Arts were awarded $411,949 in total funding. There were 2 returning Large TLEF projects funded in the Faculty along with 16 Small TLEF projects. The complete list of funded projects is available on the TLEF web site: