Online Learning Advancement Fund

Supporting career and personal growth through online cohort learning

The Online Learning Advancement Fund (OLAF) was established in 2019 to support the development of online cohort-based learning opportunities, either credit or non-credit. Modelled after the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, OLAF was launched as part of the University’s commitment to transformative learning set out in the UBC strategic plan.

The Office of the Provost is committing $500,000 per year to create, renew and expand online program offerings that support the career and personal growth of a diverse group of learners. Online cohort learning is not only flexible and practical for non-degree (and “as well as degree”) learners, but provides students peer support and engagement.

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Proposal Support and Questions

Since this is a new program, we are organizing an information session as well as drop-in consultation sessions ahead of the mid-May letter of intent submission deadline. Please sign up to the OLAF newsletter to be notified of these dates.

Before the summer, UBC will convene an expert group of online learning practitioners from across campus to advise, support and guide the deployment of high-quality online learning opportunities. These representatives will assist with adjudication and proposal development for projects submitted to OLAF.

We have written representative examples of learning opportunities to guide your ideation and planning, as well as a list of frequently asked questions.