Remote Community Based Learning Fund Submissions Now Open!

1-Remote Community Based Learning FundThe Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and UBC Community Learning Initiative are pleased to offer funding to faculty members creating remote community-based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for their students. This funding is intended to support collaborations between UBC students and organizations located in communities that are remote from Vancouver – defined as outside of the Lower Mainland.

CBEL provides students with the opportunity to apply their discipline-specific skills and knowledge, working in partnership with community-based organisations to resolve complex community challenges. By integrating these opportunities into course-work, faculty enable their students to test their assumptions, be exposed to new perspectives, as well as developing their teamwork and communication skills. These learning opportunities are often heightened in remote communities where local priorities and challenges can be very different from those in urban centres such as Vancouver.

Faculty are invited to apply for up to $5000 in the 2013/14 academic year. The funding is intended to cover:

  • Student travel to remote locations
  • Student accommodation in remote locations
  • Community events related to student projects – e.g. catering or venues for consultation events or workshops
  • Stipends for community partners who offer their time to support the student projects
  • Project supplies
  • Other costs directly related to the remote CBEL collaborations

Please note that only economy standard travel and accommodation will be funded. Funds are not intended for capital investments such as the purchase of teleconferencing equipment. Students who benefit from this funding will be expected to provide a short report, story, or video describing their experience working with a remote community partner. Faculty members interested in accessing these funds should provide a brief (1-2 page) proposal including the following sections:

1. Introduction: Provide a brief overview of your course, describe the community organization you are partnering with, the priorities they identify, and the nature and goals of the student projects.

2. Community as Co-Educators: Describe yourrelationship with the community partner, their capacity to act as a co-educator of UBC students, and the commitment they have offered to support the project (e.g. staff time, use of facilities etc).

3. Learning Objectives: Offer a summary of the learning objectives for the remote project, and how they link to the wider learning objectives for your course.

4. Budget: Please provide an itemized budget for the requested funding.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For further information, or to submit your
proposal, please contact:
Rebecca Kindiak, Manager of Community-based Experiential Learning
UBC-Community Learning Initiative