Call for Proposals for the 2020 Online Learning Advancement Fund (OLAF)

February 03, 2020

A message from Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, and Interim Executive Director, UBC Extended Learning.

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic is pleased to announce an open call for proposals for the Online Learning Advancement Fund (OLAF). Faculty members are invited to submit a letter of intent (LOI) for funding by October 1, 2020. (*Note: The date was originally May 12, but has since been extended.)

OLAF was launched in 2019 to support the development of both credit and non-credit online learning opportunities (100% online or mostly online with limited in-person components). Credit and non-credit opportunities can include:

  • Professional Master
  • Research Master
  • Diploma Program
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Undergraduate Certificate
  • Non-Credit Certificate
  • Non-Credit Microcredential
  • Undergraduate Program
  • Credit or non-credit course sequence or series

In alignment with Strategy 11Education Renewal, and Strategy 13: Practical Learning, of the UBC strategic plan Shaping UBC’s Next Century, the Office of the Provost has committed $500,000 in recurring funding to support initiatives of different scale and scope.

Find out more about the process, key dates, criteria and 2019 funded projects.

OLAF Information and Q&A session

You’re invited to attend an information session to learn more about OLAF and to ask your questions. The session will be held in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 260, and space is limited to 40 seats. Register today.

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