Innovation is the Name of the Game

Carleton’s Patrick Lyons is well-known in the Canadian post-secondary community as an advocate for effective teaching and use of technology. As the director of instructional technologies at Carleton’s Educational Development Centre, he deals with innovative new approaches to programs and teaching tools every day.

Lyons has now been appointed as co-ordinator for the new Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning that will be initially awarded in June 2012.

The award recognizes and celebrates innovative approaches globally that promote notable and sustained impact on student learning and development at post-secondary institutions. It was established by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), Canada’s leading association of academics interested in the improvement of teaching and learning, in conjunction with Desire2Learn Incorporated, a prominent provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms.

Lyons says: “This new award is a powerful and concrete opportunity to encourage and promote innovative learning initiatives in post-secondary institutions across North America and from around the world. It will also build a community of innovative teaching and learning practitioners who will showcase and share their ideas with the global teaching and learning community.”

Lyons will be the “face” of the competition and will be responsible for publicizing the award, co-ordinating the adjudication of the submissions and announcing the winners.

Up to five awards will be presented annually. The competition is open to instructors currently teaching at a post-secondary institution anywhere in the world. It will consider a candidate’s demonstrable record of innovation(s) in areas including pedagogical approaches, teaching methods, course design, curriculum development, assessment methods, and tools and technologies that enhance learning and have had a significant impact on post-secondary education.

Submissions are now being accepted. More details are available at: website.

The Educational Development Centre is dedicated to the support of teaching excellence at Carleton University. It identifies and provides a comprehensive range of technological and pedagogical teaching tools, initatives and resources to faculty, instructors and teaching assistants in order to ensure an exceptional learning experience for students in the classroom and beyond.

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