Advancing Education Renewal Fund

Education Renewal—strategy 11 of UBC's strategic plan—seeks to facilitate sustained program renewal and improvements in teaching effectiveness, with particular emphasis on expanding opportunities for graduate students to learn about teaching and broadening their learning as they prepare for their careers.

In support of strategy 11 of our strategic plan: Shaping UBC's Next Century, and with funding from UBC Vancouver’s Academic Excellence Funds, a total of $1.5-million over two years was earmarked for UBCV to support projects that advance one of the following three identified focus areas:

  1. Improvements in teaching effectiveness;
  2. Program redesign: Developing program-level outcomes; and
  3. Reimagining and strengthening graduate programs.

Call for Proposals

An open call for proposals was launched in late 2019, inviting submissions from faculty members, staff, postdocs and students. Applications were reviewed by an adjudication committee, who provided funding recommendations to the Provost and VP Academic, UBC Vancouver, guided by the following overarching principles:

  • Stewardship of Academic Excellence Funds: Each proposal will provide a reasonable and justifiable budget as well as timely and transparent reporting to ensure prudent use of the Academic Excellence Funds.  
  • Transformative learning: Proposals recommended for funding will significantly contribute to the enhancement of teaching and/or learning, particularly in education renewal.
  • Sustainability: Projects will result in sustainable benefits to programs, departments or units.
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion: Call activities and proposals will support UBC’s commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Outcomes-based approach: Proposals will identify concrete objectives, and expected outcomes will be measured and monitored over time to help projects meet their objectives and communicate impact. 
  • Comparative assessment: An adjudication committee will review and assess proposals in order of merit using these principles, as well as evaluation criteria for each focus area.

Funded Projects

A total of 32 proposals were submitted, of which 21 were funded – a success rate of 66% – with representation from the Faculties of Applied Science, Arts, Medicine, Science, Dentistry and Education, as well as UBC Library.

Focus AreaProject TitlePIFacuty/CentralApproved Funding
Focus area 1: Improvements in teaching effectivenessInter-Year Concept Review Resources and Learning Analytics in Alchemy to Catalyze Meaningful Learning and Support Data-Driven Teaching and Flexible Learning at ScaleRuss AlgarScience$50,000
Focus area 1: Improvements in teaching effectivenessImproving Teaching Effectiveness of Faculty Delivering UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety CurriculumDr. Nadine CaronMedicine$50,000
Focus area 1: Improvements in teaching effectiveness

SPARK (Supporting Pedagogic Advancement, Research, and Knowledge) @ SCARP — Igniting Actions and Partnerships through Impactful Teaching and Transformative Learning

Su-Jan YeoApplied Science$49,994
Focus area 1: Improvements in teaching effectivenessExploring the Research Process with a UBC Scientist in a First Year Biology CourseBlaire SteinwandScience$50,000
Focus area 1: Improvements in teaching effectivenessFormulating evidence-based supports to minimize faculty barriers to experiential education in large first-year Arts coursesSiobhán McPheeArts$49,900
Focus area 2: Program redesign: developing program-level outcomesRenewal of German Undergraduate Programs Ervin Malakaj
Kyle Frackman
Arts$31,597
Focus area 2: Program redesign: developing program-level outcomesUndergraduate Curriculum Renewal and Integration, Creative Writing ProgramAlix OhlinArts$82,825
Focus area 2: Program redesign: developing program-level outcomesQUEST - Quantitative Earth Sciences TransformationPhilippe TortellScience$99,652
Focus area 2: Program redesign: developing program-level outcomesRethinking Graduate Music Training (Performance Stream)T. Patrick Carrabré Arts$76,638
Focus area 2: Program redesign: developing program-level outcomesPreparing Graduates for 2030 and Beyond: A Dental Hygiene Degree Program RedesignZul KanjiDentistry$78,172
Focus area 2: Program redesign: developing program-level outcomesSchool of Audiology and Speech Sciences M.Sc. Program Redesign to Enhance Learning Outcomes and CompetenciesJeff SmallMedicine$84,710
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsTeaching as Research: Future Faculty Enhancing Teaching & Learning in Undergrad ClassroomsLacey SamuelsScience$50,000
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsCollaborative PhD Models to support a transdisciplinary research ecosystem at UBCNaoko EllisApplied Science$50,000
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsRe-imagining graduate curriculum in the Faculty of Medicine: Towards a truly interdisciplinary learning environmentMichael A. HuntMedicine$50,000
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsThe Impactful PhD - Strategic Design for Complex Problem-SolvingMoura QuayleArts$49,120
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsWriting in the STEM Disciplines: Advancing Graduate Academic LiteraciesPatty KellyUBC Library$49,736
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsTransforming the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering: Introducing Professional Competencies and a Competency FrameworkDr. Hsi-Yung (Steve) FengApplied Science$50,000
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in Algorithms, Computation, and InformationMichael FriedlanderScience$49,992
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsSupporting Non-academic Career Pathways for Educational Studies Graduate StudentsAndré MazawiEducation$38,072
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsRe-envisioning the First Nations Curriculum ConcentrationLisa Nathan; Luanne (Freund) SinnamonArts$47,858
Focus area 3: Reimagine and strengthen graduate programsKnowledge Translation and Mobilization: Reimagining Graduate Student Education to  Create the Next Generation of Health Professionals, Advocates and CommunicatorsScott TebbuttMedicine$50,000

 

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