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2017 Vice-Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

The Vice-Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning each year recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning at Charles Darwin University.

The Awards seek to recognise excellence in learning and teaching, and encourage reflection, improvement, benchmarking and dissemination of best-practice approaches to teaching and programs, particularly those that align with the strategic priorities of the University. Those priorities include:

Providing a rich learning environment that meets the needs of students through flexible, local and distance education options, and recognises the diversity of students studying at CDU;

Being a leader in Indigenous education and knowledge;

Undertaking research with global standing; and

Being a multi-sector university that delivers quality and excellence through its staff, programs and partnerships.

The awards will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor at a public ceremony. Individual nominees will receive a framed certificate. Nominated teams will receive a framed certificate. Individual winners will receive an allocation of $5,000. Winning teams will receive an allocation of $10,000. Allocations are to be used to:

Advance their learning and teaching career ;

Provide additional resources to support teaching or learning activities related to the award; and

Disseminate good practice in learning and teaching.

Funds will be distributed through a restricted account and are to be expended within 12 months of the award.

While it is expected that one award will be given annually in each category, this may vary under exceptional circumstances depending on the quality of nominations. The selection panel may choose not to make an award if there are no suitable nominations.

Award winners will provide a showcase presentation on their learning and teaching practice, arranged in conjunction with the Office of Learning and Teaching, and will also take part in staff professional development activities that aim to improve the quality of learning and teaching at the University.

ELIGIBILITY

Nomination is open to academic staff, general staff and institutional associates, on all campuses and sites, who are on continuing or fixed-term appointments of 0.4 FTE or more and have been employed by the University for at least two years.

Winners of awards are eligible to renominate in future years for activities and achievements that are unrelated to their winning nomination. Unsuccessful nominees are also eligible to renominate in later years. Nominations that are focused on learning and teaching contributions that have already been the successful recipients of a Government funded award are not eligible to apply.

CRITERIA

Nominees are to select one of the three categories listed below and provide evidence that they have made a sustained contribution to student learning through excellence in learning and teaching programs. Contributions to student learning by an individual, a team, or through the development of an encompassing program, are eligible for nomination.

Nominees are to consider if their contribution is an example of individual/ team best practice in learning and teaching that has contributed to positive outcomes for students, or if the activity is better characterised as the implementation of an innovative and effective support program or service that addressed a particular need or priority.

Best practices in learning and teaching are usually instances of leadership, innovation or creativity within a subject, school or faculty area, or to meet the needs of a particular industry or enterprise. It will have demonstrable positive outcomes for those students being supported by the nominating individual or group. The impact on student learning can be direct or indirect, and should be related to the nominating individual or groups area of responsibility.

Innovative and effective support programs or services have usually been designed and implemented to address a particular need or priority. It should include contributions from more than one person over time, and implemented across multiple subjects, schools or faculties, or across institutions. It should have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and student experience of higher education and/or vocational education and training.

Categories:

1. Innovative and effective approaches to online and flexible learning, teaching and training

This may include:

a. Development of, or innovation in, curricula, resources or services that support or enhance student learning and skill development, achieve results for students or have industry or community-wide significance; or

b. Approaches to assessment, feedback or learning support that foster independent learning.

Approaches that are supportive and inclusive of a diverse student body

This may include:

a. Approaches that widen participation, access and progression (for all students or a particular cohort); or

b. Education and training partnerships and collaborations with other organisations that create benefits and opportunities for students, the community and/ or industry.

2. Contributions that enhance student development, learning, or research

This may include:

a. Approaches that influence, engage, motivate and inspire students to learn, including those with special needs, or support the development of students as individuals; or

b. Approaches that support and promote postgraduate education and research.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations may be made by any CDU staff member (including self-nomination). Nominations are to be sighted and signed by the Head of School/Director or equivalent.

Prospective nominees are strongly encouraged to notify the Office of Learning and Teaching of their intent to nominate for the Vice-Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. This will allow the Office to provide advice and support in preparing their nomination to ensure it addresses the selection criteria and that the written statement meets the standard expected for the Award.

Each nominee must submit the following essential documentation:

1. Nomination form

The nomination cover sheet is available on page 6 and 7 of this document and must be signed by the relevant Head of School or Director.

2. Written statement (limit of six A4 pages)

The core element of a nomination is the written statement in which nominees describe their contribution to student learning by specifically addressing one of the selection criteria and providing evidence to support their claims.

The written statement must be no more than six A4 pages in 11 point Arial font, with margins of at least 2cm and clear paragraph spacing.

The written statement should comprise the following four components:

a. Proposed citation (maximum of 25 words) describing the specific context for this contribution by the individual, team and/or program

b. Summary of contribution and its specific context

c. Statement addressing one chosen selection criteria which details the excellence or innovation undertaken

d. Statement providing evidence for the ways in which the contribution has:

i. Influenced student learning, engagement and the overall student experience

ii. Been recognised by fellow staff, the University, industry, and/or the broader community; and

iii. Been sustained for a period of no less than two years; and

e. Statement or summary of activity that demonstrates a commitment to learning and teaching and/or connections with industry, the community and professional organisations.

The written statement, and the references, must have margins of at least 2cm, have clear paragraph definition, and be in font 11 point Arial.

3. Two references (limit to one A4 page each)

Two references, of no more than one A4 page each, must be provided by people that are able to comment on the nominees contribution to student learning against the nominated selection criteria.

The first reference must be from the nominees Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of School, Division Manager or Director. If the nomination is from a team, the references should apply to the team.

The second reference would normally be expected to be from outside the University, and could include an industry or community partner, professional or industry body, or other individuals or organisations that can attest to the broad impact and value of the learning and teaching contribution specified in the nomination.

4. Optional Supporting Material:

Supporting material may include one digital item, and must consist of no more than four A4 pages (or the equivalent e.g. four screen captures with explanatory notes. Video and/or audio material must be no more than 4 minutes in duration. Resumes and Curriculum Vitaes are not required to be included with nominations for the Award.

Digital evidence must be submitted in an easily accessible file format (word, excel, .pdf, .jpeg, .mpeg, .mpg4, .avi, or .mov) utilising standard Windows or Mac operating systems (large file attachments should be provided on a memory stick), or made available on an accessible webpage and capable of being viewed using a standard web browser. Ideally, digital supporting material should be included in the PDF, or the PDF should include a page with a hyperlink to a webpage where the supporting material can be accessed.

Material that exceeds the four A4 page limit (or equivalent), and those that cannot be accessed using standard CDU desktop computers, will not be considered by the Selection Panel.

Supporting material must be relevant, and this must be explained in the written statement. It is the nominees responsibility to ensure that supporting material is accessible by OLT staff and members of the Selection Panel.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

The nomination will be judged against the chosen category on the extent to which it shows evidence in the written statement that the nominees contribution has:

1. Demonstrated clear objectives and a systematic approach

2. Influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience

3. Promoted and supported equity and inclusiveness for diverse student groups

4. Gained recognition and/or collaboration from fellow staff, the institution, industry, and/or the broader community

5. Extended benefits to a wider cohort of students, staff, the institution, and/or other organisations and industry

6. Sustained for no less than 2 years; and

7. Contributed to achieving CDUs learning and teaching goals and CDUs strategic priorities.

Evidence will be evaluated on the degree to which it is relevant and supports the nomination claims. Nominations should include a mix of quantitative and qualitative evidence, and it should be integrated into the written statement.

Nominations will also be assessed on the inclusion of formal and informal evaluation and consideration by the nominee of their contribution to learning and teaching.

Teaching or program activities do not need to address all seven assessment criteria, but the more criteria that are covered the more competitive it will be against other nominations.

Selection Panel

The selection panel for the Vice-Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning will select recipients and those decisions will be endorsed by the CDU Vice-Chancellor. The selection panel will include:

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Success (Chair);

Director, Office of Learning and Teaching;

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership (or nominee);

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engineering, Health, Science and Environment (or nominee);

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Law, Education, Business and Arts (or nominees); and

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education and Training (or nominee).

The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic will provide executive support to the selection panel. The selection panel may contact the nominees Head of School/Director or other staff as required when shortlisting nominations.

Notification

Nominees will be invited to attend a presentation ceremony at which the winners will be announced. The names of Award winners will also be made public through the media and on the CDU website.

SUBMISSION

1. Complete the cover sheet from page 6 and 7 of this document.

2. Scan the completed cover sheet which includes the nomination form, written statement, letters of support, and any supporting material.

3. Email the nomination to Secretariat@cdu.edu.au.

4. Applications close on Friday 15 September 2017.

Receipt of nominations

Receipt of all nominations will be acknowledged by email. If the applicant does not receive an email within a week of submission, they should contact Janet Sincock by email on Janet.Sincock@cdu.edu.au .

WINNER RESPONSIBILITIES

Recipients of the Vice-Chancellors Awards will be required to provide a showcase presentation on their learning and teaching practice, during Learning and Teaching Week, 2016. Recipients will also be expected to take part in relevant staff professional development activities that aim to improve the quality of learning and teaching at the University.

Recipients will have 12 months to utilise the prize money to:

Advance their learning and teaching career

Provide additional resources to support learning or teaching activities related to the award; and

Disseminate good practice in learning and teaching.

ENQUIRIES

For enquiries please contact Janet Sincock at Janet.Sincock@cdu.edu.au or phone 8946 7778.

Vice-Chancellors Awards

Nomination Form

Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Complete this form and scan it, with your supporting documentation, into a single PDF file. Email

to Secretariat@cdu.edu.au

Part A - Category for nomination

Please indicate (x) the category in which you wish the nomination to be assessed.

Select only one category.

Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Innovative and effective approaches to online and flexible learning, teaching and training

Approaches that are supportive and inclusive of a diverse student body

Contributions that enhance student development, learning, or research

Part B.1 Statement for Award Presentation

Describe the distinctive/outstanding contribution of the nominee(s). Maximum of 25 words.

In Recognition of

Part B.2 Nominee details

Please complete the following section for the person being nominated. In the case of a team award this should be the person designated as the team leader/representative.

Title

Last name

First name

Email

Phone extension

Mobile number

Campus location

Division /Unit

School

Position title

HEW Level

Commencement date at CDU

Part B.2 Team Members

Please complete this section to nominate all staff relevant to a Team Award.

Team Name:

Title

First name

Last name

Email

Mobile phone

Part C Nominator

I recommend this nomination on the basis of the information attached.

Name

Email

Division/

Faculty

Position

Signature

Date

Part D - Director/Head of School or Equivalent

I understand that I may be contacted by the selection panel to discuss this nomination.

Name

Email

Division/

Faculty

Position

Signature

Date

Part E - The nominee for the award must sign the Nominees Declaration.

I accept this nomination and note that the information on this form is collected by the University and will be used only for the purpose of assisting the Selection Panel in the selection process. The information will be used in the administration of the CDU awards program and may be used for publicity in relation to CDU.

Signature

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Date

Vice-Chancellors Awards

Nomination Statement

Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Citation (maximum of 25 words)

[This section should include a sentence that summarises the activity/approach taken, and the success it has achieved in terms of student learning.]

Summary of Contribution and its specific context

[The Summary section should clearly state the activity undertaken by the nominee that addressed a challenge or created a new opportunity for student learning, the context in which it occurred, and why it is significant and/or beyond what would be reasonably expected of someone in their position.

The summary should establish an engaging narrative, and potentially indicate measurable indicators that will form part of their evidence.]

Statement addressing chosen Selection Criteria: [insert category title here]

[This section should clearly state how the nominees activity aligns with one of the three categories, and should include the pedagogical approach that supports the activity and the success achieved in meeting the challenge or opportunity for student learning they have identified.

This section will be rated on the extent to which the activity is shown to align with the category, and to the identified pedagogy.]

Statement providing evidence for:

Influence on student learning, engagement and the overall student experience

Recognition by fellow staff, the university, industry and/or the broader community

Sustained for no less than two years

[This section should clearly detail how the activity has had a positive influence on student learning, engagement and/or overall experience, and it should provide evidence that demonstrates how this has been effective. Ideally, a mix of qualitative and quantitative evidence should be included.

Activities recognised by colleagues and other CDU staff, with internal or external awards, or disseminated formally or informally across the faculty, school or the university, or recognised by stakeholders or others outside of CDU should be detailed and supported with evidence. This may include titles of awards and citations, statements of recognition and support by CDU staff or community members, or other specific details that demonstrate how the activity has been disseminated and recognised.

Activity should be ongoing for a minimum of 2 years, and its effectiveness should be measured and substantiated over that time. The effectiveness may be demonstrated by either a sustained or positive trend in the quantified indicators of the nominees influence on student learning, as well as qualitative evidence on the activities recognition by others that spans the stated timeframe.

This section will be rated on the strength of the evidence that supports the claims being made on how the activity of the nominee has contributed to student learning.]

Statement of summary of activity that demonstrates commitment to learning and teaching

[This section should demonstrate that the nominee/s has made a commitment to developing their skills, knowledge or practices, or have facilitated or maintained connections with industry, the community or other professional organisations to benefit their knowledge and course content, or to create connections to the benefit of students.

A commitment should be demonstrated by attendance at a professional development conference or workshop, course or training session, or the establishment or maintenance of an ongoing professional relationship or partnership with industry or business or a community organisation.

This section will be rated on the variety and instances of the activities undertaken, and the relevance to learning and teaching skills and practice.]

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