The Aspire Learning and Teaching (ALT) Fund is a new initiative, launching first in the Fall of 2015. Below are a set of questions that we believe you may have regarding this fund. Given that this is new initiative, we know that there will be questions that arise that we may or may not have anticipated, so please do send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer you and update this list regularly with the information as appropriate.
- General Questions
- ALT Fund Scope
- Developing an ALT Fund Application
- Submitting a Letter of Intent
- Submitting a Full Proposal
ALT Fund Scope
The Provost has worked with the Deans Council to identify a set of priority focus areas that align with UBC Okanagan’s strategic academic objectives. Preference will be given to projects that resonate with those areas. The Provost will work with the Deans to ensure that these focus areas are updated each year to reflect any evolution in academic priorities.
- Projects for which the primary purpose is program evaluation are ineligible for funding from the ALT Fund.
- Projects for which the primary purpose is research are ineligible for funding from the ALT Fund.
Developing an ALT Fund Application
The ALT Fund follows a two-stage, online application process that includes a Letter of Intent (submission date of December 9, 2015) and Full Proposal (submission date of February 29, 2016). The Deans Council reviews the Letter of Intent and recommends to the Provost which proposals should be invited to develop a full proposal. The recommendation at the Letter of Intent stage may include combining the efforts of one or more applicants to strengthen the viability or enhance the possible impact of the proposed project.
The Provost Office and members of UBC Okanagan’s teaching and learning-focused support units will support faculty members who are developing Letters of Intent and Final Proposals as needed and appropriate.
An adjudication committee, comprising individuals selected by the Provost for their expertise in teaching and learning (including topics such as pedagogy, curriculum, evaluation, and learning technology) will review the final proposals and provide recommendations to the Provost.
The Provost may consult with the Deans prior to making the final selection of proposals to be funded.
The Letter of Intent should explain what innovation is planned, why it is significant, what approach will be taken, how the innovation will provide wide benefits and how success will be gauged. In addition, the LOI enables applicants to identify/estimate the supports and expertise that they believe will be needed to undertake the project. No budget template is submitted with the LOI.
The Full Proposal should articulate the benefits, expected outcomes, work plan, evaluation plan and required resources in detail. A budget must be submitted that identifies what is requested of the ALT Fund and what is being provided in-kind. Department Heads must indicate how they will support the proposal.
UBC Okanagan’s central service units that support teaching and learning can provide advice on developing your Letter of Intent. The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) can advise on topics such as pedagogy, instructional design, assessment, learning technology integration and planning. The Office of Planning and Institutional Research (PAIR) can provide feedback and advice on evaluation approaches and methodologies. The Library can provide support on learning resources discovery/development (including open resources) and copyright, licensing and digitization. IT, Media & Classroom Services, in partnership with the CTL, can provide advice on media development, video-conferencing and learning space enhancement or utilization.
Common types of support that may be needed include:
- Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Assistants (project workers)
- Instructional and curriculum design support
- Project management/project coordination
- Media design and production: web-programming, graphic design, videography, animation, post-production
- Learning resource discovery/development (including open resources) – learning support materials
- Learning technology development and support
- Library consultation – resources, copyright, licensing, digitization
- Professional development – instructors and TAs
- Evaluation support
Equipment for this purpose may be provisioned from a central pool of media resources for use during the project.