Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funds awarded to Dr. Simon Lolliot and Dr. Benjamin Cheung

Congratulations to Dr. Simon Lolliot and his project team on their returning Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) to support the project Active learning in passive environments: Creating open interactive formative assessment opportunities to enhance student learning. The project team members are Dr. Steven Barnes (psychology) and Dr. Kayli Johnson (chemistry).

Through the 2023/24 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, $2.07-million in funding will support 46 new and returning TLEF projects.

The pandemic has increased instructional reliance on video recordings of lecture content. Similarly, to make space for more interactive classroom activities, content is more often being shifted online. These online materials (text and video), ironically mimic the passivity that instructors strive to move away from. This project aims to develop a suite of branching interactive videos that turn traditional videos (that encourage passive consumption of knowledge) into videos that (a) actively engage students in the learning process and (b) provide real-time differentiated video feedback based on the students’ responses to the interactive components of the video. Moreover, we plan to create a specialized branching interactive video that interactively details how to make these branching interactive videos so that interested educators can make use of this powerful method of content delivery.

Project team:

  • Simon Lolliot, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Kayli Johnson, Associate Professor of Teaching, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Steven Barnes, Associate Professor of Teaching, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Congratulations also goes out to Dr. Benjamin Cheung who received returning TELF funding for his project Creation of a Hong Kong Canadian course to support Asian Canadian studies, Hong Kong studies, and the growing HK Canadian diaspora. Dr. Cheung is a lecturer in the department of psychology and the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration (ACAM) Program.

We will create a course that explores the history, experience, and identity of Hong Kong (HK)-Canadians. With the fast-changing political situation in HK, combined with special immigration schemes from the Canadian government, HKers have been arriving in Canada for permanent residency in substantial numbers not seen since the 1990s. Coinciding with this, the Asian Studies department will introduce a new minor specialization, Asian Language and Culture (ASLC) - HK Studies. Both developments necessitate the creation of a university course that explores various aspects of HK-Canadian experience – both to build and sustain the new ASLC specialization, and to help current (and incoming) HK-Canadian students connect with the extensive history of this demographic in Canada. The influence of colonization in HK will also be discussed, creating a bridge that intersects HK and Indigenous nations in Canada, helping HK Canadians better understand Indigeneity in Canada, and their responsibilities to Indigenous nations as settlers.

Project team:

  • Benjamin Cheung, Lecturer, Psychology / Asian Canadian and Asian Migration (ACAM) Program, Faculty of Arts
  • Leo Shin, Associate Professor, History / Convenor, Hong Kong Studies Initiative, Faculty of Arts
  • Christopher Lee, Associate Professor, English Language and Literatures / Director, ACAM Program, Faculty of Arts
  • John Paul Catungal, Assistant Professor, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies / Interim Director, ACAM Program, Faculty of Arts
  • Szu Shen, Program Manager, ACAM Program, Faculty of Arts


The TLEF supports UBC’s strategic plan Shaping UBC’s Next Century, by advancing transformative learning at the university. It is funded entirely through a portion of UBC Vancouver student tuition. Since its inception in 1991, the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) has supported more than 1,200 teaching and learning projects.

Congratulations to the project teams who received funding for their projects.