UBC is renowned for the excellence and breadth of its education and has a long-established track record in teaching and learning innovation. But changes in learner demographics and interests are reshaping the university. A rapidly diversifying economy, social context and job market require a different kind of education — one with a greater focus on transferable skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration and communication, and one that promotes and supports continuous learning. Universities are systemically addressing these demands, with the best efforts engaging students as co-creators of their education. Our work at UBC will focus on enhanced support for program redesign around competencies; the development of problem-solving experiences; technology-enabled learning; and continued growth in work-integrated education. Sustained progress will require leadership across the institution to model, inspire and celebrate excellence in teaching and mentorship.
Strategy 11. Education renewal: Facilitate sustained program renewal and improvements in teaching effectiveness
Strategy 12. Program redesign: Reframe undergraduate academic program design in terms of learning outcomes and competencies
Strategy 13. Practical learning: Expand experiential, work-integrated and extended learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni
Strategy 14. Interdisciplinary education: Facilitate the development of integrative, problem-focussed learning
Strategy 15. Student experience: Strengthen undergraduate and graduate student communities and experience