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 Provost invites applications for TLEF funding for initiatives that will improve the student learning experience at our university.

2019 TLEF Funding Round

The call for proposals for small TLEF innovation projects is now closed.  A complete list of funded projects in the Faculty of Arts can be found on the TLEF web site.

Small TLEF Innovation Projects

Small TLEF innovation projects are grassroots projects that are intended to support experimentation with pedagogical approaches that have strong potential to enhance learning. Small TLEF innovation project teams can request up to $50,000 over the life of the project, and projects can run from one to three years. Funding for the 2nd and/or 3rd years of multi-year projects is contingent upon satisfactory progress in meeting project goals. The deadline for new TLEF proposals for the current funding period was on November 15, 2018.

For more information regarding the TLEF application process and criteria, please visit the UBC TLEF web site:

Large TLEF Transformation Projects and Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal Projects

The 2019 call for Large TLEF Transformation project and Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal project LOIs is closed. Letters of Intent for both Large TLEF Transformation projects and Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects were due July 12, 2018 at 3pm. Successful applicants were then invited to submit a full proposal that was due October 11, 2018.

Faculty of Arts Priorities

Faculty of Arts Priorities for 2019 Large TLEF Transformation projects include the following, however, applications in all areas are welcome:

  • Experiential Learning, Project- and Team-Based Learning, and integration with co-curricular and career-development activities
  • Providing research-intensive, in-the-disciplines experiences, efficiently, at scale
  • Large enrolment courses
  • Mechanisms for reducing the use of classroom time and space at peak periods of the week by designing courses that can use online material to deliver fully online, hybrid, and regular face-to-face on-campus courses
  • First and Second year community-engaged learning experiences.
  • Courses that leverage supported learning technologies to promote student engagement, personalized learning, peer learning, asynchronous dialogue, classroom response, and student media production.

University Timelines for 2019

Large TLEF Transformation projects and Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects

Deadline for Arts Abstract Submission: June 27, 2018
Deadline for LOI Submission:  July 12, 2018 at 3pm
Full Proposal Submission: October 11, 2018.

Small TLEF

Proposal Call Announcement: September 11, 2018
Full Proposal Submission: November 15, 2018 at 3pm

Proposal Support

Applicants are encouraged to seek consultation for their proposals through Arts ISIT or through the TLEF drop-in sessions. ArtsISIT staff have assisted on numerous TLEF proposals and can offer support in pedagogy, technology, available support and resources, budget development, background research and evaluation planning. We will also assist in the coordination of similar projects within the Faculty and make connections with existing projects and other support staff from central units like CTLT, UBC Studios and the Emerging Media Lab.

If you would like to receive support for your proposal, please contact Jason Myers at jason.myers@ubc.ca to set up a consultation or attend one of the weekly TLEF drop-in sessions https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/event-category/tlef/.

2018 TLEF Recipients

For the 2018 round of TLEF the Faculty of Arts received 12 new and 10 returning projects for a total of $576,676 in funding. The complete list of funded projects is available on the TLEF web site:

Sample Proposals