By John McLeod | Published: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Celebrating exceptional educators
I recently had the privilege of presenting the Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s (STLHE) annual conference in Montreal. Recognizing the innovative ways that educators are approaching teaching and learning, this award was given to five exceptional educators who are inspiring students and faculty to shape the future of education. These educators are steadfastly committed to their students and are determined to do everything they can to ensure their success. We are very excited to recognize the innovative approaches they have each leveraged to ensure that students are reaching their potential.
Here are the five award recipients:
Tetyana Antimirova, Associate Professor in Physics, Ryerson University:
Dr. Antimirova seeks to ensure that every one of her students are set up for success from day one. Building an accessible and supportive learning environment, she combines hands-on activities, in-class demonstrations, and peer discussions, and has implemented an online tutoring system to enable measureable, positive learning.
Alison Flynn, Science Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Ottawa:
Dr. Flynn is also committed to inspiring success from the moment students arrive at the University of Ottawa. She has created a series of introductory seminars to introduce students to university- and academic-life, and uses classroom response technology, enabling her to track student progress in real time.
Joe Shapter, Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University: Dr. Shapter created a new program in nanotechnology at Flinders University, building it from the ground up with the design and implementation of new courses, as well as a complete curriculum. The program now has offerings for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.
Robert Sproule, Lecturer, School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo:
Professor Sproule is committed to continually improving and innovating his teaching. Actively seeking out regular evaluations, he modifies lesson plans and course designs on an ongoing basis, and uses active and experiential learning in both his blended and virtual classes.
Jay Wilson, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan:
Dr. Wilson is taking collaborative learning to a new level, providing future teachers with information about the best educational approaches. His commitment to innovative education is evident in his ability to successfully create student-centered learning environments and motivate future educators.
On behalf of Desire2Learn, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate each one of these winners on their exceptional accomplishments. With educators such as these, students will be well equipped and on a path for success. It is vitally important that we continually innovate our approaches to education to ensure we are delivering the best possible learning experience for students and teachers. That’s always been a core belief of ours at Desire2Learn so we are thrilled to be able to recognize educators who are bringing that approach to inspire learners around the globe.
Congratulations to all and best of luck on your future endeavors.
To learn more about the award, please visit http://www.stlhe.ca/awards/desire2learn-innovation-award/.
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