2022 Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund Awards

Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal
Theme: Innovation

The Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations (ALT-2040) Fund supports program development, curriculum transformations, student experience enhancement and educational resource development that accelerates the curricular vision in UBC’s strategic planning documents Outlook 2040 and Shaping UBC’s Next Century.

Open Educational Resources (OER) focus stream (awards up to $10,000)

These projects develop or adapt or incorporate open educational practices in one or more courses.

  • Developing Open Digital Learning and Assessment Tools to Promote an Engaging Learning Environment: Dr. Peyman Yousefi, School of Engineering
  • Disciplinary Approaches to Academic Integrity: Dr. Anita Chaudhuri, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Expanding the Open Problem Bank in Physics and Data Science: Dr. Firas Moosvi, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Program and learning experience enhancement stream (awards up to $25,000)

These projects develop and implement innovations that enhance an academic program or provide benefits across multiple programs.

  • Development of Open Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Instructor and Student Resources that Promote and Support EDI in Health Care Education: Dr. Zoë Soon, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Cultivating Environmental Attention: Course Development for Accessible Environmental Humanities Field Methodologies: Dr. Astrida Neimanis, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Embedding Professional Development Competencies in the Engineering Curriculum: Dr. Alon Eisenstein, School of Engineering
  • Integrating Discovery and Computational Skills into First-Year Physics Labs: Dr. Jake Bobowski, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Projects-to-Classrooms (P2C): Developing a Flexible Training Framework to Promote Experiential Learning: Dr. Dean Richert, School of Engineering
  • Visual Research Ethics Non-Credit Micro-Credential Project: Dr. Fiona P. McDonald, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program development and redesign stream (awards up to $100,000)

These projects develop new or significantly redesign existing credit-based academic programs.

  • Open Science: Reproducibility and Transparency in Undergraduate Biology: Dr. Jason Pither, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Review and Redesign of UBC Okanagan’s Data Science programs: Dr. Irene Vrbik, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Revising the Computer Science Major Program to Increase the Participation of Underrepresented Groups: Dr. Patricia Lasserre, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Projects from all levels include examples of the Outlook 2040 themes of engaging community and industry, responding to rapid development in the world of work and training, preparing students for an increasingly interconnected world and supporting student well-being. More detail on each project is available on the ALT-2040 Fund website.