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 Announced

The 2019 call for Large TLEF Transformation projects is now open. This year, there is also a special call for Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects. Letters of Intent for both Large TLEF Transformation projects and Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects are due July 12, 2018 at 3pm, but Arts applicants are required to submit brief abstracts for consultation by June 27, 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal that will be due October 11, 2018. The call for small TLEF proposals will announced in September.

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

Special Call: Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects

Academic units are invited to submit LOIs for Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects funding, in alignment with Strategy 12: Program Redesign, of UBC’s new Strategic Plan. These projects should focus on program level learning outcomes and/or competencies. Program level learning outcomes are statements regarding what students should know or be able to do as a result of a program of study. In this call, we define competencies as the abilities or attributes that students need to perform well both within and beyond academia.

Large TLEF Transformation projects

Large TLEF Transformation projects are multi-year projects that are intended to advance UBC’s strategic goals relating to transformative learning. These projects typically aspire to impact multiple courses or programs, have the potential to involve collaboration across departments or Faculties, and align with one or more strategies or priorities in UBC’s Strategic Plan.

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 scaleLarge 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: Not yet announced (expected September 2018)
Full Proposal Submission: Not yet announced (expected November 2018)

Arts Internal Process

In addition to the submission process outlined on the TLEF site, Arts mandates an internal, early submission process for new Large TLEF Transformation projects and Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects to encourage discussion and consultation ahead of proposal submissions.  The Arts submission process allows faculty to submit short project ideas (abstracts) to get early feedback and consultation before submitting the LOI.  The abstracts will be shared with Associate Deans and reviewed by ArtsISIT staff who have assisted on numerous TLEF proposals and can offer support in pedagogy, technology, budget development, background research and evaluation planning.   We will also assist in the coordination of similar projects within the Faculty and connect with existing projects and other support from central units like CTLT and UBC Studios.  We encourage faculty to submit abstracts early and believe the additional time will result in higher quality proposals.

For Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects, new Large TLEF Transformation projects (greater than $50,000) or if you are unsure if your project is best suited as a large or small project, please submit your abstract by Wednesday, June 27, 2018.


Complete the following form to submit your TLEF abstract for internal review (new projects only).  Please submit by June 27, 2018 for Large TLEF Projects.

TLEF Abstracts Submission Form

ArtsISIT senior staff reviews projects and coordinates with the Arts ISIT Director and Dean’s Office for alignment with strategic priorities.  We will contact you to set up an initial meeting.

ArtsISIT senior staff works closely with you to develop your proposal and budget, consulting with other units (CTLT, IT, UBC Studios)

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

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

Contact Information

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