Creating an exceptional learning environment

UBC has emerged as a global leader in applying research findings to improve teaching practices.

We continually strive to advance educational technologies and to provide a world-class experience to a broad range of learners.

Explore the initiatives that are currently transforming the learning environment at UBC:

UBC Excellence Fund

The Office of the Provost launched this fund to provide significant new resources to advance academic excellence and strengthen UBC in the years to come.

Beginning in 2016, we will devote a portion of our annual revenue toward initiatives that help us attract the best faculty and students, support world-changing research, and deliver an exceptional learning experience.

The fund—projected to grow to in excess of $30 million per year by 2018/19—will support initiatives that will further differentiate UBC as a top-tier global institution.

It will allow us to be nimble in the rapidly changing landscape of higher education, and will enhance our support of research-informed transformation of teaching and learning at UBC.

These targeted investments will draw the world’s top scholars and researchers, as well as a diverse class of exceptional graduate and undergraduate students who are intellectually curious, academically gifted and socially engaged.

The Provosts on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will consult broadly with the academic community on how to prioritize allocations of the fund and will report annually on the impact of our investments.

For more information about the fund and its governance, see the terms of reference.

UBC Health

UBC Health is a partnership of all academic health programs at UBC. It promotes and facilitates internal collaboration, and provides a coordinated interface with the developing province-wide Academic Health Science Network.

UBC Health supports the establishment and pursuit of common goals while respecting the autonomy of the distinct health disciplines. The primary outcomes are expected to include:

  1. Enhanced performance in priority areas of cross-sector research and translation to patient care;
  2. Strengthened support for health research through improved provincial data access and management, advocacy around favourable research funding policies, and the provision of cross-cutting infrastructure including sequencing, high-performance computing and grant facilitation;
  3. Education innovation in areas that are crucial to practitioner and system development, including integrated curricula, inter-professional education, joint programs such as biomedical engineering and applied programs such as health informatics;
  4. Targeted operational integration to strengthen capabilities and drive efficiencies, initially in Finance and IT, creating a platform for broader sector cooperation and synergy;
  5. Leadership in shaping sector dialogue and mobilizing activity around core systemic issues and opportunities, including clinical placements and the evolution of primary care.

Importantly, UBC Health is intended to complement the activities of individual faculties and schools through its focus on tasks of mutual importance that require intensive functional, subject and systemic co-ordination.  

Flexible Learning

Flexible learning is an evolving initiative overseen by the Provost. It incorporates evidence-based, technology-enabled teaching methods across all UBC faculties to improve the learning experience for students. For more information about funding for flexible learning projects through the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund and other resources for teachers and students, visit UBC’s flexible learning website.

Career + Personal Education (CPE)

Career and Personal Education (CPE) is one of the six pillars of flexible learning at UBC. The CPE vision is to provide the content, expertise, and networks that help learners transform their lives, careers and communities.  

UBC has a long tradition of supporting lifelong learning, and is working with the faculties across campuses to offer more choices to traditional and non-traditional students, and alumni. Learn more about how career and personal education is developing at UBC.

UBC Wellbeing

UBC Wellbeing is a collaborative effort to make the University a better place to live, work and learn through a systems-wide approach to embedding wellbeing across our campuses.

Effective teaching practices have the potential to support student wellbeing and help our students achieve their full potential.  Creating positive classrooms, lecture halls and research labs where students feel supported and connected helps to promote and enhance learning outcomes and equip them for success.

Currently, a TLEF-funded project on How Teaching Practices Influence Student Mental Health and Wellbeing is exploring the intersection between effective teaching practices and student wellbeing.

UBC Wellbeing has a collection of teaching and learning resources to help faculty members integrate practices that promote wellbeing into their learning environments.

Student Academic Systems Initiative (SASI)

A collaborative, UBC-wide process is currently underway to replace our current Student Information System. The Provost’s Office is partnering with the faculties, Enrolment Services and IT to create a centralized online hub to manage the student experience through the entire academic journey—from prospective student to alumnus.

The goal of the Student Academic Systems Initiative (SASI) is to develop a system that will help UBC lead in delivering technology-enabled education and improve the student experience. SASI will provide a cohesive, integrated system to support students and will simplify administrative processes, such as course and student records. To find out more about what’s happening and how you can get involved, visit the SASI website.  

Learning spaces improvements

Over the last few years, UBC has invested significantly in transforming our learning spaces to support teaching and learning that is accessible, immersive, collaborative, personalized and technology-enriched. Learn more

Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) is a research institute within the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), that supports research and reflection on teaching and learning, with the aim to inform and enhance practice, both locally and internationally. Its aim is to deepen engagement of faculty members and experts in educational research from across campus to evaluate evidence-based practices in Higher Education, and it advocates for an effective reciprocity between research and practice. To find out more, visit the ISoTL website.

First Nations House of Learning (FNHL)

The First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) is a coordinating and strategic planning unit for Aboriginal programs and initiatives at UBC.

As the lead unit for coordination of the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan, FNHL works to support successful interactions between Aboriginal academic, cultural and community programs at UBC and throughout the broader Aboriginal community.

It directs the operations of the First Nations Longhouse that serves as a centre for Aboriginal students across UBC and as a programming space for Aboriginal programs and events.


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