SPARC Projects

Connect OER

Open Education

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Official Website @UBC

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 61,113

  SPARC Member  

OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


Since 2011, at least 46,000 UBC students have been impacted by a range of open educational practices, including 16,450 who have been enrolled in courses in which instructors have replaced traditional textbooks with open or freely accessible resources. At least $1.7 to $2.9 million dollars have been saved by UBC students in these courses and these figures are increasing with the numbers of students impacted by open resources in academic year 2016 being double than what it was in 2015.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

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. The 2017/2018 TLEF includes a priority focus for the development or integration of open educational resources that are intended to be used in a course, multiple courses within a program, or across several programs. Furthermore, successful applicants will be encouraged to license materials developed under an appropriate Creative Commons license.

Program Type:

Duration: 06/1991 - Present

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 1,000,000

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Conditions: Recipients are encouraged to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

OER Resources

Open UBC

Open UBC is a curated collection of resources for faculty and students to learn about the why, what and how of open education practices and what they mean to teaching and learning at UBC. It includes examples of open courses and projects, reports on OER use and impact, and faculty stories.

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Point of Contact

Will Engle, MLIS
Strategists, Open Education Initiatives, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology