Alan Blizzard Award

Deadline: February 26

Level: Early-career, Mid-career, Senior

Background: Canada

Cycle: Annual


The Alan Blizzard Award was established to encourage, identify, and publicly recognize those whose exemplary collaboration in university teaching enhances student learning.
It is to recognize Canadian university collaborative teaching and learning as designed, implemented, and assessed by a faculty group—a course team, a department, an instructional development centre, a committee of colleagues from different departments, faculties, or universities, working together on a common teaching project.
The principal and overriding consideration in adjudicating submissions is that the projects reflect significant teaching collaboration in values, design, implementation, practices, and assessment in fostering student learning.
Collaboration in teaching can take place within disciplines or across departmental, administrative, and institutional boundaries. Teaching collaboration can occur at different levels—from introductory courses and capstone courses to degree programs and interdisciplinary courses. Collaboration in teaching can also range in size and scope from two persons team-teaching 50 students in a writing-intensive course to large interdisciplinary teams—faculty, administrators, and community members teaching 1,000 students through service learning and problem-solving needs proposed by the community.

Eligibility Criteria:

The Award is open to groups of two or more individuals, at least one of whom must be currently teaching at a Canadian university, regardless of discipline or level of appointment.
Nominations of individuals from more than one institution who are working together on a collaborative teaching project are eligible and welcome.
Submissions should demonstrate noteworthy student engagement resulting from the collaborative approach to teaching, based on systematic assessment of learning outcomes. The project should have potential for application and influence beyond the originating department(s) or institution(s).
The collaborative project must have sufficient duration to allow systematic assessment of its effectiveness and to give assurance of its sustainability. Three years would seem to be a minimum length of time from inception necessary to provide sufficient evidence and for informed judgment.

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