This page is an overview of the program.

About the Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning Program

VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning program recognizes and celebrates faculty members who are implementing enhancements into their practice resulting in high quality student learning experiences. Collaboratively designed with feedback from faculty serving on VIU’s 2016 – 2017 Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence, the program launched in August 2017 and is supported by the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning.

The program acknowledges and celebrates faculty who have implemented strategies and activities in their classrooms related to one of the four topic areas: Student Engagement and Learning; Design of Learning Experiences; Scholarly Reflection and Inquiry; Leadership and Community.

Faculty interested in obtaining recognition of their achievements in a particular area complete the required and optional activities and submit a summary of their work to a committee. Successful faculty will be celebrated at a campus-wide teaching and learning event twice a year where they will share some of their achievements. In addition, a printed and digital certificate will be presented to faculty.

Four Areas: Teaching and Learning Achievements

Recognition for excellence in engaging students in meaningful experiences through strategies focusing on successful student learning. This demonstrates an educator making changes to practice that result in changes in student engagement and learning through a set of new strategies, methods and/or activities.

1. Complete VIU’s Teaching and Learning Roles and Responsibilities Course (Required)

2. Give a Teaching and Learning Presentation or Session (Required)

3. Engage in a Peer Observation Round (Required)

4. Develop a Mini Portfolio of Student Engagement Activities (Required)

5. One Optional Activity (consult CIEL to discuss your choice) - Examples

  • Present a Show ‘n’ Share Session
  • Participate in an Indigenous Learning Circle

 

Recognition for excellence in designing classes and courses that provide students with authentic and deep learning opportunities. This demonstrates an educator making changes to practice that result in significant changes in student learning through innovative design of a course or many courses.

1. Complete all benchmarks of a Course Redesign Program (Required)

2. Engage in a Peer Observation Round (Required)

3. Develop a Course Portfolio (Required)

4. One Optional Activity (consult CIEL to discuss your choice) - Example

  • Design a New Course

 

Recognition for excellence in scholarly teaching practices, critical reflections on practice and inquiry into enhancing student learning. This demonstrates development of self and an enabling of colleagues to engage in continual professional learning and scholarly activity.

1. Gather Data on Course/Obtain Evidence of Change in Practice (Required)

2. Engage in Peer Observation Round (Required)

3. Develop a Teaching Portfolio (Required)

4. One Optional Activity (consult CIEL to discuss your choice) - Examples

  • Undertake a Scholarly Inquiry Project into Practice
  • Write a Paper Reflecting on Practice

 

Recognition for excellence in leadership, community engagement and contributions to teaching and learning across the institution and to the discipline while working to create more inclusive and engaged classrooms. This represents a demonstration of influence and dissemination of new knowledge to the wider campus community.

1. Make Public (Blog, Website, Paper) Scholarly Activity, Leadership (Required)

2. Design and Lead a Teaching and Learning Session for Community (Required)

3. Develop a Project or Leadership Portfolio (Required)

4. One Optional Activity (consult CIEL to discuss your choice) - Examples

  • Lead/co-lead an Institutional Initiative on Teaching and Learning
  • Take Leadership of Program Review or Curricular Reform

 

Handout Summary

This handout(legal-size) presents all four areas of the Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning Program at VIU. Handout PDF

Important Dates

The following 2018-2019 important dates are shared to help faculty with submissions:

Monday, May 27, 2018 - Spring Submission Date

October, 2019 - Celebration Event for Successful Faculty in Spring Submission

Portfoliopalooza!

Interested in VIU’s Recognition of Achievement in Teaching and Learning (but don’t know where to begin)?

Join us this May for a combination of workshops and focused writing time to complete your portfolios.

Details coming soon!

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