Core Area – Transformative Learning

Reflecting on a year of remote teaching and learning

Reflecting on a year of remote teaching and learning

One year after the pandemic shuttered many in-person classes and workplaces, we take a look back at how UBC made the rapid pivot to remote instruction. Over this year, the vast majority of courses at UBC were delivered entirely remotely, requiring them to be redesigned, rebuilt and re-taught in wholly different ways. It has been […]

2021/22 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Projects

2021/22 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Projects

This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver, redeployed $2-million dollars in funding from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) to help support Faculties in their efforts to transition courses online and ensure high-quality learning experiences for students. In addition to the $2-million redeployment […]

Partnering to ensure students gain practical experience in a COVID-19 labour market

Partnering to ensure students gain practical experience in a COVID-19 labour market

Finding Co-op opportunities and internships is increasingly tough for university students across Canada, as COVID-19’s impact on the economy has created labour market jittters. Thankfully, students are finding meaningful work through a creative partnership that matches qualified business students with employers seeking help with their business challenges. UBC’s Sauder School of Business is the pilot […]

Faculty of Education tackles a teaching conundrum

Faculty of Education tackles a teaching conundrum

How do you prepare new teachers without access a classroom? Delivering course materials in a virtual setting comes with plenty of challenges. For those who teach UBC’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program, the situation is particularly complex. Not only are education faculty shaping the next generation of teachers, they’re preparing them to work in classroom […]

New Allard summer program provides support for Indigenous students

New Allard summer program provides support for Indigenous students

Starting law school can be both an exciting and daunting time – now imagine starting classes in the middle of a global pandemic. To support this year’s new student cohort, Allard Law had to act fast to find innovative ways to connect with students.  One successful initiative launched over the summer of 2020 was the […]

2021 ALT-2040 Fund call for proposals

2021 ALT-2040 Fund call for proposals

Proposals are invited for the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations (ALT-2040) Fund. Up to $30,000 may be requested for projects that focus on developing and implementing strategic curricular innovations that have program-level impact at UBC Okanagan. Priority areas for the ALT-2040 Fund include development of modular curricula that address challenges and/or advance new opportunities resulting from the […]

Advice from three Arts students on learning online during COVID-19

Advice from three Arts students on learning online during COVID-19

This spring, the COVID-19 outbreak unexpectedly introduced UBC students to full-time online learning. The Faculty of Arts checked in with three students to see what this change has looked like for them. Brenda González Córdova (BA in Economics with a minor in Philosophy) speaks about how she’s settled into a routine to engage with her […]

UBC-wide effort results in warm welcome for incoming first year students during COVID-19

UBC-wide effort results in warm welcome for incoming first year students during COVID-19

This summer, nearly one-third of the incoming class at UBC participated in a newly offered program to help them start their university journeys on the right foot. Academic Essentials courses are free, self-directed and online, designed to help new UBC students develop the learning skills they’ll need to succeed in first year at UBC and […]

Discover the techniques and practices of outstanding teachers at UBC

Discover the techniques and practices of outstanding teachers at UBC

On June 9, 2020, a number of UBC faculty gathered virtually to celebrate the commitment, innovation and dedication of their colleagues in the second annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence. This event shone a spotlight on how faculty are using a diversity of teaching approaches to support student learning through evidence-based teaching, mentorship and enriched experiences. […]

Student volunteers at the heart of the Agora Café experience

Student volunteers at the heart of the Agora Café experience

Agora Café, a staple in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems since 2005, is a student- and volunteer-run café operating out of the MacMillan building.  Guided by a philosophy to provide affordable, accessible, healthy, local and organic food choices to their community, the student-led team focuses on helping their volunteers learn about food service […]