Innovative Teaching Award

Award overview

The Extended University Program Innovative Teaching award is presented annually to Western Michigan University instructors in the form of an individual or group award. To qualify, candidates must be teaching the course that is part of a program offered at one of WMU’s regional locations or online. Candidates must self-nominate by preparing an application packet and submitting to the Faculty Senate EUP Council. Multiple awards may be offered per award cycle, with winners receiving a one-time honorarium of up to $1000 (subject to tax), per award.

Awards will be presented annually at spring convocation.

Application info below

Award considerations

The Extended University Program Innovative Teaching award will be presented to instructors or groups who develop and/or apply a teaching strategy, approach, technique, or tool that is used, or used in a new way, to produce quantifiable gain for learner outcomes or the learner experience.
Recipients must document and exhibit the effective use of innovative teaching that results in one or more of the following:

  • Increased student performance
  • Increased student motivation
  • Increased collaboration
  • Increased student engagement

The results above can be achieved through a variety of means, and the award is not intended to be limited to the use of technology. Several examples include:

  • Modification of teaching methods and delivery format to address multiple learning styles and promote engagement and overall learning outcomes
  • Incorporation of experiential learning activities that emphasize the concept of “place matters”
  • Development and incorporation of a learning support tool
  • Development and incorporation of learning outcomes assessment tools or processes

Eligibility

All WMU instructors who have taught or were teaching at one of WMU’s regional locations or online during the academic year of the nomination or application are eligible. Individuals currently serving as council members are ineligible. The award will not be given to the same individual or group in consecutive years.

Award criteria

  • The course or learning experience featuring an innovative teaching method or process must be delivered through EUP at one of the WMU regional locations or online.
  • The innovation must have occurred no earlier than the previous academic year (July 1 through June 30).
  • Awardees must prepare and make a public presentation of their innovation at the award ceremony.
  • If the innovation uses any form of Elearning, the WMU Elearning Standards and the Elearning Course-level Criteria should be reflected.

Application

An abstract or overview including:

  1. Description of the innovation, idea genesis, development and implementation process
  2. How the innovation differs from current teaching methods
  3. Data demonstrating effectiveness of the innovation
  4. How the effectiveness differs from current teaching methods
  5. Plans for future development/continuous improvement
  6. Cover page
  7. Appendices or supporting documentation if necessary

Two letters of support from stakeholders:

  1. Minimum of two letters of support from individuals who are familiar with the innovation

All applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. the second Monday in Oct. No late submissions will be considered. The award will be presented at spring convocation. Nominations will be reviewed by the Faculty Senate EUP Council or its designated subordinate group

Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods.

Scoring rubric

Scoring:

  • 0 = Does not meet expectations
  • 1 = Meets expectations
  • 2 = Exceeds expectations
Component Score Comments
Abstract    
Letters of support    
Description of the innovation, idea genesis, development and implementation process    
Explanation on how the innovation differs from current teaching methods    
Data demonstrating effectiveness of the innovation
(increased student performance, student motivation, collaboration, student engagement)
   
Explanation on how the innovation differs from current teaching methods