The ALT-2040 Fund supports program development, curriculum transformations, student experience enhancement and educational resource development that accelerates the curricular vision expressed in Outlook 2040. Selection of funded projects is guided by the transformative learning strategies of UBC’s Strategic Plan and the academic program priorities articulated in Outlook 2040, UBC Okanagan’s Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation Commitments and UBC’s commitments to anti-racism initiatives.
The 2022 ALT-2040 Fund has three funding streams:
- Open educational resources (OER) focus stream. Up to $10,000 may be requested for projects focused on developing or adapting OER (e.g., open textbook, digital content, course assessments, course assignments) or incorporating open educational practices in one or more courses. A project may be up to two years in length. Proposals are due on November 22, 2021 (3:00 PM).
- Program and learning experience enhancement stream. Up to $25,000 may be requested to develop and implement innovations that enhance an academic program or provide benefits across multiple programs. This includes implementing non-credit, proficiency-based credentials within existing academic programs that recognize skills and competencies (e.g., micro-credentials aligned to industry standards) or enhance teaching effectiveness (e.g., credential programs for teaching assistants, instructors). A project may be up to two years in length. Proposals are due November 22, 2021 (3:00 PM).
- Program development and redesign stream. Up to $100,000 may be requested to develop a new credit-based program or undertake a significant redesign of an existing credit-based academic program. Up to $25,000 may be requested to develop a proficiency-based non-credit program (non-credit certificate or a minimum of three letters of proficiency). Projects may be up to three years in length. A Letter of Intent is due October 4, 2021*; if invited to apply, the proposal is due on November 22, 2021 (3:00 PM).
All projects must meaningfully transform UBCO students’ learning experiences with an implementation focus and scope consistent with the funding stream. Preference is given to projects that align with one or more of the ALT-2040 Priority Focus Areas.
Projects associated with the Program development and redesign stream and the Program and learning experience enhancement stream must address a program-level opportunity or challenge whereas OER stream projects may be focused at the course level. Projects that create significant OER resources in order to address a program-level benefit (e.g., significantly reduce educational materials cost while improving student learning outcomes within all first and/or second year courses) may align with the Program and learning experience enhancement stream.
For an overview of the key differences between streams, please see Key Differences between ALT-2040 Fund Streams.
- Strengthen and expand Indigenous-focused curricula in existing programs, and competence for instructors in working with Indigenous topics.
- Develop approaches, resources, activities or programs that actively engage with diversity and build capacity for inclusion in teaching and learning contexts
- Create and or incorporate open educational resources in support of making 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 be delivered in flexible ways.
- 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 that are accessible to both UBC students and external learners (may be delivered separately).
- The project aligns with the ALT-2040 Fund Priority Focus Areas and advances transformative learning strategies of UBC’s Strategic Plan and UBC Okanagan academic priorities and plans (e.g., Outlook 2040, UBC Okanagan’s Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation Commitments and UBC’s commitments to anti-racism initiatives).
- The project has a demonstrable positive impact on student learning or the student learning experience with outcome measures aligned with the ALT-2040 project stream.
- The project uses innovative (new, novel or significantly improved) educational strategies, pedagogical approaches, techniques or tools that have a strong potential to produce a demonstrable gain in student outcomes and/or the student experience.
- The project 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 project uses outcomes-based criteria to determine success; the criteria and the methods by which data are to be collected are clearly outlined in the proposal’s evaluation plan.
- The proposal provides a clear rationale, methodology, objectives and work plan.
- The project is feasible; the objectives are achievable within the proposed timeline and budget.
- The budget is appropriate, with a clear justification of associated costs. Preference may be given to projects with meaningful additional funding sources and/or in-kind resources.
- 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.
- The Lead Applicant of an ALT-2040 Fund proposal must be a full-time, continuing faculty member of the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus (includes Librarians) or a full-time lecturer with a term appointment that remains active through the length of the project (June 2024 for OER focus stream and Program and learning experience stream projects, and June 2025 for Program development and redesign stream projects).
- Lead Applicants to the ALT-2040 Fund may not normally hold more than one ALT-2040 Fund grant1 concurrently. Co-applicants and other team members can be involved in more than one active ALT-2040 Fund project at a time. An exception may be made to concurrently hold an OER focus stream grant and a grant from one of the other streams where there is no discernible overlap in the projects. Exceptions should be discussed in advance with the ALT-2040 Fund manager and documented in the proposal.
- Projects for which the primary purpose is program evaluation for accreditation or similar purposes are ineligible. Projects that focus on implementing recommendations from a review process are eligible.
- Projects for which the primary purpose is to create or develop new technologies, new software systems or platforms are ineligible.
- Projects for which the primary purpose is research are ineligible. Research may be conducted as part of the project (see ethics, funding comments under “Other Considerations and Reporting”),but it may not be the motivation for the project.
- Projects for which UBC Okanagan students are not the primary target audience are ineligible. Projects that are
focused on developing non-credit credentials must have a connection to one or more credit programs.
- Projects must benefit UBC Okanagan students directly or indirectly. Projects that focus on developing revenue-generating, externally focused, non-credit, continuing education programs are ineligible.
- Teaching and learning materials created through the ALT-2040 Fund must be made available for re-use within UBC.
- Awardees within the Program Enhancement and Program Development and Transformation streams are strongly encouraged to license any learning materials developed under an appropriate Creative Commons License and to share the materials more widely through UBC’s digital sharing channels (e.g., UBC Wiki, cIRcle, UBC’s YouTube Channel).
- OER Creation and/or Adaptation Stream projects or any other project that is focused on developing OER must adhere to the following:
- Resources developed must be shared with an open copyright license (e.g., Creative Commons) assigned to allow for reuse, remix, revision and redistribution of the content for educational purposes. Exceptions for specific materials in an open work (e.g., culturally sensitive materials) should be discussed in advance with the Manager of the ALT-2040 Fund and documented in the proposal.
- Where students participate in teaching and learning materials development in a course or program context, appropriate communication and permissions must be provided (See: Creating Open Education Resources – Having Students Publish Their Work )
- Where resources are published in a non-editable format (e.g., a text published as a PDF) an editable version or source file (e.g., the .doc version of text) must also be made available.
- Teaching and Learning materials developed will follow the guidelines in the Open UBC OER Accessibility Toolkit . Where openly available content is used or adapted, all materials must have proper attributions.
- The ALT-2040 Fund may not be used for conference registrations, conference travel or other
types of dissemination costs, though these types of costs may be allocated as in-kind contributions.
- The ALT-2040 Fund is not a professional development (PD) fund; funds may not be used to cover PD expenses (workshop fees, travel, etc.) for applicants (including the lead applicant, other applicants project team members) individuals.
- The ALT-2040 fund may be used to cover reasonable expenses associated with hosting workshops, including professional development activities, where the goals of the event align with project goals and produce tangible project outcomes
- The Lead applicant, co-applicants and project team members, with the exception of student appointments, will not normally receive salary or honoraria from the ALT Fund, though these types of expenses may be allocated as in-kind contributions. Exceptions should be discussed in advance with the Manager of the ALT-2040 Fund and documented in the proposal.
- Equipment and infrastructure costs are not eligible for funding, though they may be allocated as in-kind contributions.
- Funds cannot be used to purchase external consulting or other types of services where the expertise is available within UBC
at a reasonable cost and in a timely manner.
- The applicant(s) should consult with any and all central service or operational units that are expected to contribute to the project.
A letter of resource commitment/support for any significant infrastructure and/or service commitments must be submitted with any
proposal. Letters may be in the form of an e-mail to the Lead Applicant from a person authorized to commit resources for the
organization (e.g., Head, Director).
- Teaching Buyouts may be requested in association with Program Development and Transformation Stream projects only. The ALT-2040 Fund will provide up to 50% of one course release per year. The Faculty or Department must fund the remaining balance. Partial course buyouts will not be funded. A letter of support from the Department Head/Director must be included in the proposal.
- Where research is included in a proposal (note the eligibility considerations regarding research outlined above), the budget must clearly identify research related expenses. If a proposal is funded, the funds that support research must be transferred into a Research account; in this event a research project information form (RPIF, here: https://ors.ok.ubc.ca/forms/) will need to be submitted to the Office of Research Services. Where human subjects are involved, the research must have received ethics
approval prior to transfer of funds.
- Unspent funds revert to the Provost Office at the end of the funding period.
- An annual report, including a summary for public dissemination, is required of all multi-year projects.
- Project teams are encouraged to participate in the annual poster session event at least once.
- A final report, including a comprehensive summary for public dissemination, is required of all projects.
*Note change from September 30, which is a holiday, to October 4, 2021.