2013 Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning – Winners Announced!

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At Desire2Learn, we’ve always believed empowered learners can change the world. We celebrate efforts to create the technologies and practices that help make learning engaging and accessible. That’s why, each year, we join with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) to recognize innovative post-secondary approaches to education – on an international scale – with the Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning.

This award highlights exceptional educators who have explored, experimented, and shared progressive teaching methodologies that are helping to ensure their students achieve success. These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students and discovering new techniques that will enable faculty to deliver an engaging, personalized learning experience.

I am pleased to be able to highlight the 2013 recipients:

Dr. Sandra Bassendowski
Professor in Nursing
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Bassendowski has improved the quality of education for nurses through a methodical integration of technology and teaching practices. Her innovative “Concept Capture” solution has encouraged worldwide learner communities to embrace a rich and meaningful approach by engaging them collaboratively in a virtual space. This consolidation of pedagogical frameworks with web-based e-learning tools has helped those students turn knowledge into action.

Shawn Graham
Assistant Professor in History
Carleton University

Professor Graham strives to deploy an interactive approach to learning, having guided the creation of a student-produced augmented reality book for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, a virtual archaeological dig, and an ancient Roman civilization simulation. From first-year to the graduate level, his efforts have helped students achieve success beyond their own expectations.

Jacqueline Murray
Director, First-Year Seminar Program
University of Guelph

Professor Murray has demonstrated a passion for meaningful education by integrating an enquiry-based learning approach with an online environment. Beginning in 2004, she implemented first-year seminars designed to deliver an intensive, learner-centered experience that would immediately equip students with transferable skills that they could use to demonstratively enhance learning throughout their careers.

Trent Tucker
Professor, Transformational Learning
University of Guelph

Professor Tucker has introduced toys, learning technologies, enquiry-based techniques, and real-world applied learning scenarios into his teaching methods. His unwavering efforts to evaluate and share the results of boundless innovation have demonstrated an unmatched collaborative passion for providing challenging, engaging, and highly interactive environments for all learners.

Ellen Zweibel
Professor in Law
University of Ottawa

Professor Zweibel introduced experiential and blended learning to teach core legal competencies while also contributing to the design of an award-winning blended learning program for health professionals. Her collaborative efforts to deliver an engaging experience have helped to create a responsive and enthusiastic student base.

All five 2013 Desire2Learn Innovation Award winners will be celebrated at the 2013 STLHE Annual Conference on June 21st, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. They will also be recognized at FUSION 2013, Desire2Learn’s global users’ conference, in Boston July 15 – 17.

We are thrilled to be able to recognize such inspirational individuals. On behalf of everyone at Desire2Learn, I would like to congratulate each of the winners for the contributions they’ve made to the evolution of teaching and learning. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors – and can’t wait to see what further innovations they create in the future!

To learn more about the Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, please visit http://www.stlhe.ca/awards/desire2learn-innovation-award/.

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