Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding (TLEF)

UBC's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) supports and encourages innovation in teaching and the learning environment.

A variety of UBC faculty and departmental partners, including the Library, apply for and receive TLEF funding on a yearly basis. The Library's successful TLEF-funded projects over the past several years are listed below. For a full listing, including departments and faculties across the university, visit the UBC TLEF website.


TLEF funded

Growing and Sustaining the Graduate Research Commons
Library contact: Trish Rosseel, Head, Koerner Library

One of UBC Library’s strategic goals is to develop user-centered spaces and services to enhance student learning. To further advance service development of the Research Commons, the Library seeks to continue collaborating with partners to renew and improve its current suite of services – thesis formatting support, citation management, statistical software support and our interdisciplinary research discussion series. In addition, we are keen to build on recent explorations of data management planning support, expand statistical software support to include a tool for qualitative data analysis, and initiate support for the research ethics application process and for an interdisciplinary cinema salon series.

The Learning Commons
Library contact: Julie Mitchell, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC)

Project partners: IKBLC, CTLT, Student Development, and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

The Learning Commons (formerly LEAP) TLEF was granted to the VP Students Office originally in 2005. It is a partnership between Student Development (most directly, the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers), UBC Library/Chapman Learning Commons and the Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology. This funding supports AMS tutoring, Peer Academic Coaching, the Learning Commons website, and a wide variety of student driven learning support programs both in the Chapman Learning Commons and campus-wide.

Flexible Learning TLEF-funded initiatives

Taking Entrepreneurship 101
Library contact: Aleha McCauley, Community Engagement Librarian, Business Services

Project partners: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) and Sauder School of Business

Entrepreneurship 101 is a university-wide initiative, bringing together students from multiple faculties to consider a future for themselves as entrepreneurs. This project will convert freshly developed e-curriculum into an innovative mixed mode format, with half of the work done in person and half-done online. E101 content is suited to this flexible learning approach as students take the concepts and tools they experience in class and apply them to Entrepreneurship Portfolios built around their own future ventures. Online learning can be customized to meet different student knowledge backgrounds. The mixed mode format also follows for future course scaling. Dr. Newton has developed multiple, successful mixed mode courses. The Library will be involved in the creation of e-learning resources and both in-person and online instruction in support of these courses.


Webcasting 2.0: Annotating, Translating, & Indexing for Flexible Learning Project
Library contact: Allan Cho, Program Services Librarian and Jing Liu, Chinese Language Librarian

Partnering Units: IKBLC, Asian Library and Asian Studies Department

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will deliver online lectures with Chinese subtitles through its webcast initiative in collaboration with UBC partners for programs of relevance and interest to faculty and student learning.  This teaching and learning program will provide English to Chinese translation for a series of UBC-produced lectures, enabling UBC students to study and learn. Students will also gain valuable experience providing translation work for the project. The proposed project entails three phases: identification, production (includes transcription, annotation, captioning and indexing), and distribution via a website portal (www.daxue.ubc.ca).

Greek Epigraphic Squeezes: Developing a Digital Environment
Library contact: Larissa Ringham, Digital Initiatives

Partnering Units: UBC Library Digital Initiatives and the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS)

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS) holds an extensive collection of approximately 700 epigraphic squeezes, paper impressions of ancient Greek stone inscriptions.  The collection is comparable to few in North America and is a valuable pedagogical source of material; however, the materials are not accessible in their current fragile physical state. This CNERS student-driven project proposes to collaborate with the UBC Library to digitize the squeezes collection and develop the descriptive content necessary to deliver a comprehensive online collection.  Once digitized, the materials will be used to introduce approximately 135 upper-undergraduate and graduate level students to the primary sources each year through classroom assignments in an online environment, and engage them in translation exercises that would give them an introduction to the Digital Humanities environment. More about the squeeze collection and the project can be found on the CNERS student blog.

Legal Research and Writing for the “Net Generation”: Developing an Interactive Online Course
Library contact: Sandra Wilkins, George Tsaikos and Mary Mitchell, Law Library at Allard Hall
Partnering Units: Law Library and the Peter A. Allard School of Law
Legal Research and Writing is a mandatory 2-credit first year course. The Library hopes to work with CTLT to transform existing face to face course – currently delivered in eight sections to approximately 185 students – into an online environment. The goal is to move the course fully online within two years. The course would be beneficial to other members of UBC and the wider community, who are interested in developing these skills, and there is a possibility that the course may be adopted by other Canadian law schools and institutions that offer law-related programs.

Collaborative Piloting of Badge-Based Learning Pathways
Library contact: Erin Fields, Humanities and Social Sciences and Julie Mitchell, IKBLC
Partnering Units: UBC Library, CTLT and the Masters of Education Technology

Digital badges are emerging as a vital component of open, flexible learning systems as a way to signify levels of participation as well as the achievement of skills and knowledge. Within UBC, badge technologies have also been identified as an essential horizon to be explored in realizing our flexible learning potential. This project will convene UBC badge ‘early-adopters’ representing six Faculties, together with CTLT expertise, to collectively pioneer badge-based learning pathways on behalf of the entire campus. The pilot program includes formal and informal learning contexts as well as participatory and competency outcomes.

Gold Rush in the Digital Age: Immersing UBC Students in Primary Sources in an online environment
Library contact: Paul Joseph, Systems Librarian and Larissa Ringham, Digital Initiatives
Partnering Units: University Archives, UBC Library's Digital Initiatives, Systems and Information Technology and UBC's Department of History
UBC students benefit from the Library’s digitized collections but they are currently delivered in a passive environment- students can view digital collections and cite them as primary sources in papers, but there is not a method for delivering a more immersive experience, such as is practiced in the Digital Humanities. Using a collection of letters from the B.C. Gold Rush era, this project proposes to expose UBC History students studying B.C. history to such an immersive experience by providing an online mechanism for the students to participate in the transcription, description and analysis of the letters.

Scaffolding and Scaling up Integrated Experiential Learning Experiences in the Core Series, Land and Food Systems
Library contact: Katherine Miller, Woodward Library and Hilde Colenbrander, cIRcle, UBC's Institutional Repository
Partnering Units: Woodward Library, cIRcle and Land and Food Systems

WICKED (West Coast Interprofessional Clinical Knowledge Evidence Disseminator)
Library contact: Charlotte Beck, Woodward Library
Partnering Units: Woodward Library and UBC's Faculty of Medicine
A web-based, interactive, simulated learning model will be developed and tested to teach students the steps of evidence-informed health care (EIHC). The team will develop a series of five Virtual Patient cases following the five steps of evidence based practice. The content and design of the cases developed through this project will allow integration into the curricula of all health professionals.


Expanding the Graduate Research Commons
"Library contact: Trish Rosseel, Acting Head, Koerner Library
The Library hopes to continue collaborating with FoGS and CTLT to renew and improve its current suite of services - thesis formatting support, citation management, and the Interdisciplinary Research Exchange. In addition, we hope to expand services to include peer-led data, GIS and statistical software support.

Asian-Language Citation Guides
Library contact: Shirin Eshghi, Japanese Language Librarian
This project will address the citation formatting needs of undergraduate and graduate students conducting research using Asian-language sources. This will entail creating citation guides outlining standardized citation styles for Asian-language sources for use in both English and Asian-language research papers, as well as within UBC theses and dissertations. Graduate students supervised by Asian Library librarians will research the specific citation requirements for Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian and Punjabi resources, and will develop online guides that will be available for use by all UBC students with reading proficiency in these languages.


Building the Graduate Research Commons
Library contact: Trish Rosseel, Humanities and Social Sciences, Koerner Library
One of the Library's key strategic goals is to develop user-centered spaces and services to enhance student learning, including the establishment of a Research Commons. In an effort to move forward as the physical space evolves, the Library plans to collaborate with campus partners to launch a suite of new services to assess their viability, scalability and sustainability. They will be coordinated by Library staff and delivered through a Research Commons Graduate Student Team. Establishment of the Research Commons will further UBC's Place and Promise plan, which outlines the need to both expand educational enrichment opportunities and build research spaces for collaboration and interdisciplinary work. It will also strengthen graduate student programs provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). Furthermore, it will build on the success of other student-centred spaces on campus that aim to enhance the educational experience.


Online Learning Opportunities for Commuter and Distance Education Students
Library contact: Trish Rosseel, Humanities and Social Sciences, Koerner Library

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:About_UBC_Library:TLEF