Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF)

The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) was created in 1991 to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements. It is financed entirely by a portion of the student tuition paid to UBC Vancouver. Each year, the Office of the Provost invites all UBC-V Faculties and Colleges to apply for TLEF funding for initiatives that will improve the student learning experience at our university. To enable larger proposals to best align with the strategic priorities of the Department, Faculty and the institution, a two-stage proposal development process was introduced for the 2015 funding call that divided the funding call into large (above $50,000) and small (less than $50,000) projects.

2017 Application Cycle: Internal Arts TLEF Abstracts Welcome

For 2017 TLEF projects, the Faculty of Arts implemented an early internal submission process to encourage earlier consultation and feedback ahead of the deadline for Large TLEF project LOI’s.  The call for Large TLEF project LOI’s is now closed, but consultations are still open for Small TLEF projects.  If you are submitting a Small TLEF, we will provide pedagogical and technical consultation on approaches to using tools and technologies and provide guidance on budget and staffing options.

Priorities for Arts TLEF projects for 2017 include:

  • Large enrolment courses,
  • Introductory courses,
  • First and Second year community-engaged learning experiences.

But applications in all areas are welcome.

University Timelines for 2017 TLEF

Large TLEF

The call for Large TLEF project LOI’s is now closed.  For for more detailed information please visit the TLEF web site:  2017 Large TLEF Application Process

Deadline for an LOI:  The call for Large TLEF project LOI’s is now closed.
Full Proposal Submission (recommended by Dean’s office): October 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Small TLEF
Proposal Call Announcement: The call for Small TLEF projects is now open. More detailed information regarding the application process and criteria can be found on the TLEF web site.
Full Proposal Submission: November 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Arts Internal Process

The Arts TLEF Abstracts submission process allows faculty to submit short project ideas (abstracts) to get early feedback and consultation.  The submissions will be shared with Associate Deans and reviewed by ArtsISIT staff who have assisted on numerous TLEF proposals and can offer expertise in pedagogy and technology along with helping applicants connect with other similar projects and support units such as CTLT and UBC Studios.  For proposal development, Arts ISIT staff can support faculty in budget development, background research and evaluation planning.  We encourage faculty to submit abstracts early and believe the additional time will result in higher quality proposals.


Complete the following form to submit your TLEF abstract for internal review

TLEF Abstracts Submission Form

ArtsISIT senior staff reviews projects and will contact you to set up an initial meeting to discuss feedback.

Abstracts Review Rubric

ArtsISIT senior staff works closely with faculty to develop their proposals, consulting with other units (CTLT, IT, UBC Studios)

A reminder announcement of the call for submissions to the
University Timelines will be sent out in September to ensure the proposals are submitted by the University deadlines.

Sample Proposals

Contact Information

If you would like more information or have questions about the TLEF process, please contact Janet McCracken at janet.mccracken@ubc.ca or Jason Myers at jason.myers@ubc.ca.