Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund

The Aspire Learning and Teaching (ALT) Fund was established in 2015 to accelerate the transformative learning recommendations of the Aspire Vision. The fund focused on transforming student learning through innovations implemented at the level of the academic program. Projects were intended to benefit students in more than one faculty and align with the priority focus areas identified each year (grounded in Aspire and UBC’s Strategic Plan). Faculty members could apply for up to $50,000 (spent over 3 years) per project. An annual 2-stage funding call was made.

In Fall 2019, the fund’s scope and guidelines will be significantly restructured to encourage a wider range of projects and create a bridge between Aspire to Outlook 2040. The scope of the fund will expand to include two categories: 1) program enhancement (projects up to $25,000) and 2) program development and transformation (projects up to $100,000). Included for the first time will be support for developing new academic programs. The Priority Focus Areas for the Fund will also be updated.

To signal this change, the fund has been renamed to the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund, abbreviated as the ALT-2040 Fund. We believe that the changes in the ALT-2040 scope and guidelines will create opportunities for more faculty to access resources that will enable them to engage in different types of program-level innovation. The ALT-2040 Fund is better positioned to serve as the engine for the transformative learning priorities of Outlook 2040.