About the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations fund
First established in 2015 as the Aspire Learning and Teaching (ALT) Fund, the Office of the Provost established the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund ( ALT-2040 Fund) to accelerate the transformative learning recommendations of the Aspire Vision. The fund focused on transforming student learning through innovations implemented at the academic program level.
In Fall 2019, the fund’s scope and guidelines were re-structured to create a bridge from Aspire to Outlook 2040 and encourage a wider range of projects, and was renamed to the ALT-2040 Fund. The next changes came in the Fall of 2021, when, after a successful pilot program, the Open Educational Resources grant pilot program was merged into the ALT-2040 Fund as a third distinct funding stream.
Projects funded through the ALT-2040 Fund are required to align with priority focus areas, providing benefits and learning transformation to students across all disciplines. Priorty focus areas are selected annually with consideration of strategic plans and priorities outlined in Shaping UBC’s Next Century, Outlook 2040, the Indigenous Strategic Plan, UBC Okanagan’s Truth and Reconciliation Commitments and UBC’s anti-racism initiatives.
2022 Focus Areas:
- Strengthen and expand Indigenous-focused curricula in existing programs and/or competence for instructors working with Indigenous topics.
- Develop approaches, resources, activities or programs that support diversity and build capacity for inclusion in teaching and learning contexts.
- Create and/or incorporate open educational resources to make education more affordable and accessible to students; partnering with students to create resources is particularly encouraged.
- Transform curricula in response to the recommendations of a program review or significant curriculum planning process.
- Implement learner-centred learning outcomes, competencies or graduate attributes within an undergraduate degree program, major or concentration.
- Develop a program-level flexible learning strategy and redesign key courses to support flexible delivery.
- Enhance or create instructor or teaching assistant credential (training/educational) programs to encourage reflective and evidence-based approaches to teaching and educational leadership.
- Create new interdisciplinary or cross-faculty program structures such as new degrees, minors and non-degree programs (diplomas, certificates or letters of proficiency).
- Develop a program strategy and implement experiential learning as a required element within an academic program.
- Co-develop curricula with external partners (community, industry) and offer credit or proficiency-based non-credit opportunities accessible to both UBC students and external learners.
Program administration for the ALT-2040 Fund is provided by the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic, Okanagan. Questions related to the ALT-2040 Fund may be directed to:
Director, Flexible Learning Special Projects