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Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund 2020 projects announced

Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal
Theme: Innovation

The recipients of the 2020 Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund (ALT-2040) have been announced. The ALT-2040 Fund is intended to encourage and accelerate curricular transformations and new program development at UBC’s Okanagan campus as envisioned in Outlook 2040, while leveraging the strategies and advancing the goals of UBC’s Strategic Plan.

Category 1: Program Enhancement (up to $25,000)

This year’s recipients are creating new (open) educational resources, enabling self-directed learning and implementing hybrid pedagogies and flexible learning.

  • Active Computational Media Composition Toolkit: Supporting Learners and Instructors in Media Art, Performance, and Creative Studies: Aleksandra Dulic, Associate Professor, Creative Studies
  • Developing Personalized, Expandable Learning Modules for CS1 Programming: Abdallah Mohamed, Instructor, Computer Science
  • On-Demand Student Support with Virtual Labs and Help Desk: Ramon Lawrence, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Category 2: Program development and transformation (up to $100,000)

This year’s recipients are transforming existing programs to implement competencies and experiential learning, creating resources for new programs and developing new interdisciplinary programs.

  • Building Intercultural Capacity through World Literature: Alwyn Spies, Senior Instructor, Languages and World Literatures
  • Certificate and Minor in Communications and Rhetoric (CORH): Aisha Ravindran, Senior Instructor, English and Cultural Studies
  • Developing an Integrated Flexible Learning Model for Mechatronics and Industry 4.0 Certifications at UBC Okanagan: Ayman Elnaggar, Senior Instructor, School of Engineering
  • Re-envisioning Human Kinetics: Empowering Future Health and Exercise Professionals through Competency-Based Curriculum and Enhanced Experiential Learning Opportunities: Tanya Forneris, Senior Instructor, School of Health and Exercise Science

Projects from both 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.