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UBC Okanagan Global | May 16, 2022

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2022 Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund Awards

Dear colleagues,


The Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations (ALT-2040) Fund supports program development, curriculum transformations, student experience enhancement and educational resource development that accelerates the curricular vision in UBC’s strategic planning documents Outlook 2040 and UBC’s Strategic Plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century.


I am pleased to announce the 2022 ALT-2040 fund award recipients. Projects are listed here with lead applicants. We recognize, however, that many projects involve incredible teams of collaborators. I encourage you to visit the ALT-2040 website to learn more about these innovative projects and the exceptional faculty and staff involved.


Open Educational Resources (OER) focus stream (awards up to $10,000)


These projects develop or adapt or incorporate open educational practices in one or more courses.

  • Developing Open Digital Learning and Assessment Tools to Promote an Engaging Learning Environment
    Peyman Yousefi, School of Engineering (SoE)
  • Disciplinary Approaches to Academic Integrity
    Anita Chaudhuri, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS)
  • Expanding the Open Problem Bank in Physics and Data Science
    Firas Moosvi, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science (FoS)

Program and learning experience enhancement stream (awards up to $25,000)


These projects develop and implement innovations that enhance an academic program or provide benefits across multiple programs.

  • Development of Open Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Instructor and Student Resources that Promote and Support EDI in Health Care Education
    Zoë Soon, FoS
  • Cultivating Environmental Attention: Course Development for Accessible Environmental Humanities Field Methodologies
    Astrida Neimanis, FCCS
  • Embedding Professional Development Competencies in the Engineering Curriculum
    Alon Eisenstein, SoE
  • Integrating Discovery and Computational Skills into First-Year Physics Labs
    Jake Bobowski, FoS
  • Projects-to-Classrooms (P2C): Developing a Flexible Training Framework to Promote Experiential Learning
    Dean Richert, SoE
  • Visual Research Ethics Non-Credit Micro-Credential Project
    Fiona P. McDonald, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program development and redesign stream (awards up to $100,000)


These projects develop new or significantly redesign existing credit-based academic programs.

  • Open Science: Reproducibility and Transparency in Undergraduate Biology
    Jason Pither, FoS
  • Review and Redesign of UBC Okanagan’s Data Science programs
    Irene Vrbik, FoS
  • Revising the Computer Science Major Program to Increase the Participation of Underrepresented Groups
    Patricia Lasserre, FoS

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients and thank you for your contributions and dedication to transformative learning at UBC Okanagan.




Rehan Sadiq
Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem
UBC Okanagan

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