2016 Brightspace Excellence Award Nominations Now Open

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The Brightspace Excellence Awards recognize educators who share a passion for teaching and learning and have used the Brightspace platform to deliver learning experiences that are innovative, collaborative, or have made an extraordinary impact on learning outcomes.

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The 2015 Brightspace Excellence Award winners were honored at Fusion 2015 last June in Orlando. Let’s take a quick look back at their stories!

General Awards

Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC)
GOC implemented interactive, custom-designed interfaces that enabled students to access content by clicking on pictures (rather than providing a list of options), ultimately improving student engagement with the education material. GOC has seen outstanding test results, including its fourth grade scoring first statewide in reading and language arts.

University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)
Creating a process to review online teaching and provide career development was a priority for the team from the University of Central Oklahoma Center for eLearning and Customized Education. UCO used Brightspace to develop online dashboard “hubs” to support continuing online course quality and the evaluation of elearning facilitation and mentoring.

University of Wisconsin-Extension
The Instructional Design and Development team at the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning division used Brightspace to create its competency-based Flexible Option program. The UW Flexible Option lets learners start any month, work at their own pace, and earn credits using knowledge they already have. The program enables working adults who have some college credit or significant work experience to earn the degree they have always wanted, but never had the time to get.

Integrations and Extensibility Award

University of Guelph’s Open Learning and Educational Support Team
The Open Learning and Educational Support Team at the University of Guelph (UofG) increased the overall adoption of Brightspace by connecting their learning environment with a wide range of online activities and applications—including enterprise-level systems and campus-developed applications—while creating custom links to third-party applications and building tools for course development.

Accessibility Award

UniEVANGÉLICA, developed a distance-learning course for Brazilian Sign Language with emphasis on social inclusion, in order to enhance workplace interactions between all staff members. To achieve maximum success in the course, UniEVANGÉLICA leveraged the video recording capabilities and interactive tools in Brightspace to provide a unique learning experience for students and teachers alike.

Are you transforming teaching and learning like this inspiring group of educators?  Submit your nomination for the Brightspace Excellence Awards today!

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