Inaugural Teaching and Learning Awards 2022

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We invite you to participate in the inaugural competition for two new teaching awards at Conestoga College: the Conestoga Faculty Innovation Award and the Conestoga Faculty Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Award.

The competition is open to all College faculty who wish to share their innovative teaching and/or teaching research practices with the wider College community.  The Conestoga Faculty Innovation Award will focus this year on inspiring students to engage meaningfully in assessment. The Conestoga Faculty Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Award will focus on supporting student success. Read on for details and instructions to submit an entry for each award.

Please direct all inquiries to teachingandlearning@conestogac.on.ca

Conestoga’s First Annual Faculty Innovation Awards 2022

Conestoga faculty are invited to submit an entry for the first Faculty Innovation Award. The inaugural competition focuses on inspiring students to engage meaningfully in assessment. Entries will consist of a 5 to 7 minute video describing an innovative assessment practice a faculty member or faculty team have implemented in the last year to adapt to a new modality or to further engage students in assessment for learning. A panel of judges will determine the winning entry from each School, and there will be a prize consisting of a choice of educational technology and a letter of congratulations. 

Theme for 2022: Inspiring Students to Engage Meaningfully in Assessments

The competition seeks to fulfill the following goals:

  • Share, promote and reward innovative ideas and lateral thinking
  • Demonstrate Conestoga’s innovative approaches to the evaluation of student learning
  • Highlight ways faculty have adapted evaluations to new modalities
  • Build energy and momentum for innovation
  • Demonstrate overcoming challenges such as the need to assess online or manage assessing labs in a new way

How to participate

  1. Review the instructions and rubric below.
  2. Create a 5-7 minute video about your innovative idea.
  3. Send your submission to teachingandlearning@conestogac.on.ca. Please use the subject line Faculty Innovation Award.
  4. A panel of reviewers will each view the videos alone and submit their score.
  5. Due date: October 21 , 2022
  6. Winners will be announced December 1, 2022: one per School.
  7. Innovations will be shared on the Faculty Learning Hub to inspire others.

Prizes for 2022

For each School’s winner each member (maximum 2 team members) of the winning team will receive

  • A choice of
    • a state of the art microphone/headset
    • a selfie tripod stand with ringlight for first person videos.
    • a podcast style microphone
  • A letter of congratulation from senior management

Three Essential Requirements:

The innovation must

  • Be aligned with Course Learning Outcomes (Y/N)
  • Be accessible and inclusive for all learners (Y/N)
  • Meet all relevant College policies and procedures, e.g., Evaluation Policy (Y/N)

Instructions for the video

The video will NOT be assessed for production quality.  You may record the video on Zoom, PPT, or other recording tool.  Please include the following:

  • Describe the problem or opportunity that led to the innovation.
  • Explain the goal for the innovation.
  • Describe the action that you took.
  • Share the results of the innovation.

Evaluation Rubric for the 2022 Faculty Innovation Awards* (PDF)

*This rubric will only be used if the three essential requirements are met

Conestoga’s First Annual Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Award 2022

Theme for 2022: Supporting Student Success

Conestoga faculty are invited to submit an entry for the first Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Award. The competition seeks to fulfill the following goals:

  • Share, promote and reward the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Highlight ways faculty are using research to explore aspects of Teaching & Learning
  • Build energy and momentum for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Entries should follow the four principles of good practice in SoTL [1] that state SoTL:

  1. involves inquiry into student learning that has clear goals and is critically reflective
  2. is grounded in context, building on evidence-informed research
  3. is methodologically sound using either discipline-specific or social science methods that connect the research question to student learning
  4. is conducted in partnership with students (or at least must be ethical)

Details

The inaugural competition focuses on either action or formal research that supports student success. Entries require a 4 to 5 page summary that describes a faculty-led research project conducted during the 2021-22 academic year. It can be an individual or team effort and report either work-in-progress or final results.

Reviewers will be representatives from College research-related departments (ethics, degree quality, institutional research) and at least one student. Each member of a winning entry will receive a certificate of achievement and up to two members will receive a tech-based teaching resource (choice of microphone/headset, selfie tripod stand with ring-light, or podcast-style microphone). 

How to participate

  1. Review the essential requirements, format, and rubric below
  2. Prepare a 4-5 page summary of your research including references
  3. Submit your research summary by e-mail to teachingandlearning@conestogac.on.ca. Please use the subject line: Faculty Research Award
  4. Due date: October 21 , 2022
  5. Reviewer will independently review and score the submission using the rubric. Scores will be combined to determine the winner.
  6. Winner(s) will be announced December 1, 2022.
  7. Results will be shared on the Faculty Learning Hub and you will be asked to showcase your work at the next Conestoga Research Symposium.

Three Essential Requirements

The research must:

  • align with all relevant teaching and learning-related College policies and procedures (Y/N)
  • align with the principles of SoTL (Y/N)
  • explore and extend knowledge associated with the SoTL award’s theme (Y/N)

Research Summary Format

The research summary should be written using APA @ Conestoga‘s recommended font, line spacing and margins.  Please include the following sections:

  • Context: identify an issue, specifies why it is problematic, and locate the research within the context of a specific community or field
  • Purpose / Goal: identify the specific question, issue, or problem to be examined
  • Approach / Methods: outline the research method(s), sample, and analysis method(s)
  • Results: answer the ‘What?’ question by defining the major research finding(s)
  • Conclusions / Recommendations / Summary: answer the ‘So what?’ by explaining your findings relative to the issue and the ‘Now what?’ question by demonstrates the specific contribution your findings make to the field

Evaluation Rubric for the 2022 SoTL Award* (PDF)

*This rubric will only be used if the three essential requirements are met

[1] Felten, P. (2013). Principles of good practice in SoTL. Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, 1(1), 121-125.

Laura Stoutenburg

A college professor and accredited TESL trainer for more than 20 years, Laura Stoutenburg, holding an M.A., has taught and developed curricula for a variety of topics, with her work including language assessment in China and Canada. Before joining Teaching and Learning as a consultant, Laura coordinated Conestoga’s TESL Certificate and English Language Studies programs. She specializes in matters related to Intercultural Teaching and language acquisition, and is available at the Kitchener Downtown Campus.

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