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
  • Past award recipients wishing to apply in 2019 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

1. 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.

  • Fostering student development through engaged and stimulating learning
  • Inspiring, motivating and guiding students through effective communication and interpersonal skills and providing useful and empathetic advice
  • Integrating assessment strategies that promote and enhance student learning
  • Encouraging student engagement through enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching
  • Design of innovative assessment that motivates students to demonstrate their learning.

2. 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.

  • Fostering student development through engaged and stimulating learning
  • Inspiring, motivating and guiding students through effective communication and interpersonal skills and providing useful and appropriate advice
  • Developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning
  • Encouraging student engagement through enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching
  • Assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses
  • Contributing to the enhancement of learning and teaching.

3. 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.

  • Planning, development and implementation of transformative and stimulating learning experiences that motivate, support and inspire students to learn
  • Planning, development and preparation of engaged and connected learning activities, learning resources and learning spaces
  • Creating engaging and supportive learning environments
  • Implementing scholarly approaches to learning and teaching
  • Inspiring, motivating and guiding students through effective communication and interpersonal skills and providing useful and appropriate advice
  • Designing and implementation of student-centred formative and summative assessment tasks that are aligned with student learning outcomes and provide appropriate and timely feedback to inform learning
  • Encouraging student engagement through enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching
  • Assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses

4. 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 four of the following criteria.

  • Fostering transformative and stimulating learning experiences that motivate, support and inspire students to learn
  • Planning, development and preparation of engaged and connected learning activities, learning resources and learning spaces
  • Creating engaging learning environments that support student transition, foster the development of learning communities and integrate strategies that account for and encourage student equity and diversity
  • Implementing research-led, scholarly approaches to learning and teaching
  • Inspiring, motivating and guiding students through effective communication and interpersonal skills and providing useful and appropriate advice
  • Designing and implementation of student-centred formative and summative assessment tasks that are aligned with student learning outcomes and provide appropriate and timely feedback to inform learning
  • Encouraging student engagement through enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching
  • Assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses
  • Encouraging and enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching
  • Adapting evaluation methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles.

5. Learning Innovation Award

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 addresses at least one of the following criteria.

  • Innovative learning activities and resources that support unit or course delivery
  • Innovations that support or enable the design and execution of formative and/or summative assessment tasks and provide relevant and timely feedback that fosters learning
  • Innovations in service and support for students
  • Innovation that supports or enables the creation of an engaging learning environment for students, applicable across different contexts such as technology enhanced environments, large and small class sizes, and diverse student cohort.

6. 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 three of the following criteria.

  • Contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources
  • 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
  • Leadership in curriculum design and development
  • Participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching
  • Innovations in coordination, management, support and leadership of courses and student learning
  • Conducting and disseminating research related to scholarly teaching
  • Demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession
  • Influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education
  • Collaborating across program, discipline, and/or institutional boundaries
  • Enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching
  • Providing support to those involved in the development of curricula and resources
  • Involving students as partners and co-creators in their formal learning
  • Contributing professional expertise to the field of evaluation to improve program design and delivery
  • Disseminating and embedding good practice identified through evaluation
  • Demonstrating advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice
  • Using a variety of evaluation and implementation strategies them to enhance learning and teaching.

The Award process

Nomination

We know that we have exceptional Learning and Teaching Educators who continuously work towards motivating and inspiring students to learn. We encourage Macquarie community (staff and students) to nominate educators for a Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Award.

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 Office 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

All applicants for the awards must provide the following documentation.

  1. Application form
  2. Written Statement addressing the specific criteria for the award category:
    • Categories 1 - 3 – maximum 500-word
    • Categories 4 - 6 – maximum 1000-word
  3. Optional: documentation to support the written statement – up to four A4 pages, e.g. student feedback, references/testimonials, evaluation results, any related media.

Formatting requirements

  • A4 page size
  • Subheading (must be included) – Font must be Arial or Calibri bold, 11 point
  • Body text – Font must be Arial or Calibri regular 11
  • Header – First and last name of nominee at the top right (Arial or Calibri regular, 9 point)
  • Footer – Title of the document on the bottom left (UPPERCASE Arial or Calibri regular, 9 point), e.g. 2019 SESSIONAL STAFF AWARD
  • Footer – Page numbers at the bottom right (Arial or Calibri regular, 9 point)
  • Margin – at least 2 cm with clear definition between paragraphs, and no columns should be used
  • Paragraph line spacing – single line

Assessment criteria

All nominations will be assessed on the written statement (500 or 1000 words) and supporting evidence provided in response to the award criteria.

The Assessment Panel 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
  • sustained 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
  • supported by formal and informal evaluation
  • creativity, imagination or innovation
  • incorporated information contained in student data or institutional student surveys and references

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:

  • $3,000 for Student-nominated Award; Sessional Staff Award; and Early Career Award
  • $5,000 for Teaching Excellence Award; Learning Innovation Award; and Educational Leader Award.

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 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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