Vice-Chancellor's Learning and Teaching Award

Vice-Chancellor's Learning and Teaching Award

  • Receiving an award is an esteemed accomplishment and will support academic promotion or other goals.

Eligibility for awards

  • Nominations can be for individuals or teams including academic and professional staff, sessional staff, institutional associates, student groups and associations. Team nominations can contain a maximum of five names
  • Nominees may be full time, part time, casual, fixed-term, continuing or adjunct staff
  • Individual applicants must have sustained service of no less than two consecutive years teaching related employment at the University. A nominated team may include members without two years of teaching-related employment at the University
  • The Early Career category is for staff with no more than 5 years’ teaching experience in higher education institution(s)
  • All award categories will take into consideration any periods of significant career interruption
  • A maximum of two award applications only can be received from each Applicant - unless the applicant is part of a team nomination but is not the Team Lead.
  • Individual Award recipients (winners only) are not eligible for Learning and Teaching renomination within 2 years of receiving a Learning and Teaching Award (i.e. if a recipient in 2019, they are not eligible to reapply until 2022). The new application should have a different focus to previous applications and not replicate any previous award submission(s).
  • Past award recipients wishing to apply in 2020 must submit a new application that has a different focus to their previous applications and does not replicate previous award submission(s). For Teaching Excellence Awards, at least two criteria should be substantially new/different and additional criteria should show sustained excellence
  • The categories of Educational Leadership and Teaching Excellence awards are distinct and therefore nomination for, or receipt of, one award type does not affect eligibility for nomination of the other staff can apply for both categories.

Award category criteria

Student-nominated Award

This award recognises staff for their teaching and support of learning that influences, motivates, and inspires students to learn.

Applications for this award must address at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Fostering student engagement through transformative learning experiences
  2. Inspiring, motivating, and guiding students and providing useful and empathetic advice
  3. Integrating assessment and feedback strategies that promote and enhance student learning.

Assessment Rubric: Student-nominated Award

Sessional Staff Award

This award recognises staff for their approaches to teaching and support of learning that influences, motivates, and inspires students to learn.

Applications for this award must address at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Fostering student engagement through transformative learning experiences
  2. Inspiring, motivating, and guiding students and providing useful and empathetic advice
  3. Integrating assessment and feedback strategies to promote and enhance student learning
  4. Contributing to the enhancement of learning and teaching at the unit and/or course level.

Assessment Rubric: Sessional Staff Award

Early-Career Award

This award recognises staff for their quality teaching and support of learning and the impact they have on influencing, motivating and inspiring students to learn.

Applications for this award must address at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Designing and implementing transformative learning that motivates, supports, guides, and inspires students
  2. Implementing scholarly approaches to learning and teaching
  3. Designing and implementing student-centred formative and summative assessment tasks that are aligned with student learning outcomes and provide appropriate and timely feedback to inform learning
  4. Contributing to the enhancement of learning and teaching at the unit and/or course level, including creating engaging learning environments and assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroup categories.

Assessment Rubric: Early-Career Award

Learning Innovation Award

In the context of this award ‘innovation’ is defined as creating approaches to teaching that result in improvements in student learning. Fraser*(2019) defines it: “an innovative teacher is identified as more than just one who uses a new or significantly improved technique for teaching and learning, but rather s/he is committed to the goals or philosophy of improving the quality of student learning through innovation” (p 1374)

This award recognises the development and implementation of innovations that improve learning, teaching or assessment to enable, motivate, support, and inspire students to learn.

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must provide details of an innovation that must addresses Criteria 1

  1. Innovation that enhances one or more of the following:
    1. student learning,
    2. the learning environment,
    3. assessment and feedback,
    4. or student support

    And at least one of the following two criteria:

  2. Evidence that the innovation(s) directly or indirectly, enhances student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience.
  3. Evidence that the innovation(s) has benefited students, staff, and/or the institution, consistent with the purpose of the innovation(s).

Assessment Rubric: Learning Innovation Award

*Sharon Fraser (2019). Understanding innovative teaching practice in higher education: a framework for reflection,Higher Education Research & Development, 38(7),1371-1385. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2019.1654439.

Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognises staff for their excellence in teaching and support of learning and the impact they have on influencing, motivating and inspiring students to learn.

Applications for this award must address at least three of the following criteria:

  1. Fostering transformative learning (including learning experiences, learning resources, and learning spaces and providing assistance to students from equity and other demographic subgroups) that engages, supports, guides and inspires students to learn
  2. Implementing scholarship informed approaches to learning and teaching
  3. Designing and implementing student-centred formative and summative assessment tasks and feedback to inform learning.
  4. Encouraging and enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching
  5. Contributing to the enhancement of learning and teaching at the unit and/or course level, including creating engaging learning environments and assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroup categories.

Assessment Rubric: Teaching Excellence Award

Educational Leader Award

This award recognises educational leadership that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or student experience.

Applications for this award must address at least four (4) of the following criteria:

  1. Leading the enhancement of curriculum design, development and/or implementation
  2. Designing and implementing curriculum which embeds academic and digital literacy, career and employability skills, and/or other literacies, such as internationalisation and intercultural considerations, sustainability, and Indigenous perspectives
  3. Supporting colleagues’ professional learning and contributing to learning and teaching professional development activities
  4. Innovations in coordination, management, support and leadership of educational activities and initiatives
  5. Conducting and disseminating learning and teaching scholarship
  6. Involving students as partners and co-creators in learning
  7. Leading scholarly evaluation of learning and teaching to enhance student outcomes across program, discipline, and/or institutional boundaries.

Assessment Rubric: Educational Leader Award

The Award process

Nomination

Nominations for 2020

  • Student-nomination closed (for students only) Now closed
  • Peer nomination form (for staff only) Now closed

Student-nominated Award: how it works

  1. Student completes student nomination form
  2. The Office of PVC Learning and Teaching notifies Faculty/MUIC of nominations received
  3. Faculties/MUIC assess and identify nominees to be shortlisted
  4. The Faculty/MUIC invites shortlisted nominees to apply for Student-nominated Award
  5. Applicant submits award application
  6. Faculty/MUIC assess applications and advise the top candidate
  7. The university assessment panel identifies overall winner.

Peer and/or self nominated Awards: how they work

  1. Peer/manager completes the peer nomination form
  2. The Office of PVC Learning and Teaching formally invites nominees to apply
  3. Applicant submits award application*
  4. Faculty/MUIC assess applications and advise the top candidate for each category
  5. The university assessment panel identifies overall winner for each category.

*For self-nomination, process commences at step three.

Application

Compulsory

  1. Application form
  2. Written Statement:
    1. 500-word: Student Nomination Award, Sessional Staff Award, and Early-Career Award
    2. 1000-word: Learning Innovation Award, Teaching Excellence Award, and Educational Leader Award.

Optional

  • Any documentation to support the written statement, maximum two A4 pages.
  • To support applicants with writing their applications, an Award Application Writing Workshop was held on 23 June. Click here to view workshop recording

Submission

Send your application to pvclt@mq.edu.au by the deadline on 24 July 2020.

Formatting requirements

  • A4 page size
  • Use selected criteria as subheading (mandatory)
  • Fonts - Arial/Calibri regular 11 point for body text; 9 point for the rest of application
  • Header – Full name of nominee at the top right
  • Footer – Title of the document on the bottom left; page numbers at the bottom right
  • Margin – at least 2 cm with clear definition between paragraphs, and no columns should be used
  • Paragraph line spacing – single line.

Assessment criteria

All applications will be assessed on the written statement and supporting evidence (optional) provided in response to the award criteria.

Assessment will also consider:

  • Contribution to positive student learning, student engagement or overall student experience
  • Recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
  • Evidence of sustainability and impact for a period of no less than three consecutive years (2 years for early career), not including time taken for development or trial of any activity*
  • Been supported by formal and informal evaluation
  • Shown creativity, imagination, or innovation
  • Incorporated information contained in student data or institutional student surveys and references.

*This only applies for the: Learning Innovation Award; Teaching Excellence Award and Educational Leader Award.

The University Assessment Panel makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor regarding the Award recipients.

Prizes and terms

Prizes

Award recipients, individual and/or team, will receive a certificate and the prize for each category of award:

Award CategoriesNumber of Awards2020 Prize
Student-nominated Award Maximum 5 Prizes $2,000 each
Sessional Staff Award 1 Prize $2,000
Early Career Award 1 Prize $2,000
Learning Innovation Award 1 Prize $3,000
Teaching Excellence Award 1 Prize $4,000
Educational Leader Award 1 Prize $4,000

The University Assessment Panel reserves the right not to grant any categories of the awards should it judge the selection criteria not to have been met to a sufficiently high standard.

Terms

Award prizes may be used to provide additional resources: for professional learning/capability enhancement to support teaching enhancement activities and to disseminate best practice(s) in learning and teaching.

Award winners will be required to:

  • Contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching by presenting a paper and/or workshop based on their award-winning practice at a university learning and teaching event/s
  • Support their colleagues to develop competitive award nominations e.g. by making their winning application available to future applicants
  • Demonstrate educational leadership and to promote their innovation(s) to other staff through peer-review, mentoring and other relevant communities of practice.
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