2023-24 Large TLEF Transformation funding: Special call for hybrid and multi-access course redesign projects – LFS Deadline June 30

The 2023-24 Large TLEF Transformation projects funding round will be a special call to UBC Vancouver academic units interested in experimenting with hybrid and multi-access course redesign projects. Approximately $1 million will be made available to support teams whose goal is to redesign multiple courses within a program to maximize flexibility and accessibility for students by combining both in-person and online elements within and/or across course activities. This year’s Large TLEF Transformation call for proposals will only accept new applications that align with this special call. Currently-funded TLEF teams needing year 2 or year 3 renewal funding will still be able to apply in mid-October as usual.

Faculty members at UBC Vancouver are invited to submit letters of intent (LOI) for Large Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) Transformation projects. The LOI submission deadline is 3pm on July 14, 2022. 

Please contact Judy.Chan@ubc.ca or Cyprien.Lomas@ubc.ca for a consultation regarding the Large TLEF LOI. The LFS internal deadline is 3 pm on June 30, 2022. Approximately $1 million in funding is available to support teams looking to redesign multiple courses within a program to maximize flexibility and accessibility for students by combining both in-person and online approaches within and/or across course activities.

Application process

Project submissions will go through a two-stage approval process. Successful applicants in the LOI stage will be invited to submit a full proposal, due by October 13, 2022. Applicants will be notified about funding decisions in December 2022, and funding will be available to project teams in April 2023.

More information about the fund can be found here

Examples of Hybrid and Multi-Access Projects

This Special Call is for projects intending to redesign existing courses to support Hybrid or Multi-Access offerings with the goal of increasing flexibility and accessibility for students. We hope that there are diverse ideas put forward by the applicants to this special call, so that UBC has an opportunity to experiment with approaches that best support specific needs within disciplines and activity types.

Approaches might include:

  • Hybrid: Coordinating offerings of multiple courses such that online components for all of the courses are scheduled on a specific day of the week (for example, on Wednesday and Thursday) to give students potential scheduling flexibility by reducing their commute to campus for classes by one day a week.
  • Hybrid: Multiple courses that sequence an extended block of online activities (e.g. 2-4 weeks) at a common time in the semester.
  • Hybrid: A design of multiple courses to organize activities either online or in-person as best suits the disciplinary context and pedagogical approach: lecture components online with in-person assessment, in-person labs, etc.
  • Multi-Access: A specific combination of in-person and online learning options co-existing within the same activity, giving students a choice as to how they engage with a course, and options to change this mode of engagement throughout the course.
  • Multi-Access: Distributed cohort programs where cohorts join either in-person or online, dependent on their location.

The focus of this Special Call is the redesign of existing courses, not the development of new courses. Priority will be given to projects that are able to implement the redesigned courses within the funding period of the project (2 years). While this Special Call will accept proposals for projects that focus on undergraduate or graduate programs, priority will be given to undergraduate programs that have a significant student impact across multiple courses.