Contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson with a particular focus on innovative teaching and on providing students with innovative ways of learning can be demonstrated by some of the following:
- Curricular innovation, curricular/course design and redesign initiatives;
- Development and creation of innovative teaching materials or textbooks;
- Innovative teaching with technology;
- Collaborative initiatives at the university level to improve quality of teaching and learning at Ryerson through educational innovation;
- Sharing and dissemination of teaching innovations;
- Other innovative educational initiatives.
Evidence in support of the criteria may include, but is not limited to, some of the following:
- A clear description of teaching innovations, and/or creative approaches to teaching that were developed to improve student learning, including their planning, development, execution and assessment;
- Direct and indirect evidence of the value of the developed innovative strategies and their effectiveness in improving student learning;
- Samples of student reflection on, and analysis of, their innovative learning experience;
- Samples of additional reflection from the nominee(s) and from other participants on the goals, objectives and results of the innovation;
- Description and samples of developed teaching materials, if relevant;
- Photos of teaching situations, if relevant;
- Description of curriculum development activities, if relevant;
- Description of teaching and learning grants received;
- Description of teaching materials developed;
- Evidence of grounding one’s work in good practice and connection to learning theories;
- Evidence of positive peer review of the initiatives;
- Awards and recognition received as a result of educational innovations;
- Letters from students, alumni, colleagues and administrators, providing examples and describing the nominee or nominees’ specific innovative learning initiatives and their impact on student learning.
Any evidence of an outstanding and sustained record of undergraduate or graduate teaching will also be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee. Outstanding teaching integrates best practices in instruction and assessment with well-defined student learning outcomes, demonstrates effectiveness of teaching strategies, and provides evidence of student engagement. The range and diversity of support for the nominee (e.g. from students, alumni, colleagues, peers, administrators, collaborators, etc.) will be reviewed, as well as the range and complexity of contributions.