Contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson with a particular focus on experiential teaching and on students’ experiential learning can be demonstrated by some of the following:
- New or revitalized initiatives that engage students in experiential learning;
- Community or workplace experiential learning initiatives;
- International experiential learning initiatives;
- Classroom and/or specialized experiential learning;
- Collaborative initiatives at the university level focusing on experiential learning;
- Sharing and dissemination of teaching strategies.
Evidence in support of the criteria may include, but is not limited to, some of the following:
- A clear description of the new or revitalized experiential learning initiatives that were developed to improve student learning, including their planning, development, execution and assessment of learning outcomes;
- Direct and indirect evidence of the value of the developed strategies and their effectiveness in improving student learning;
- Samples of student reflection on, and analysis of, their experiential learning;
- Samples of additional reflection from the nominee(s) and from other participants on the goals, objectives and results of the initiative;
- 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;
- Evidence of grounding one’s work in good practice and connection to experiential learning theories;
- Evidence of positive peer review of the initiatives;
- Awards and recognition received as a result of experiential learning initiatives;
- Letters from students, alumni, colleagues and administrators, providing examples and describing the nominee or nominees’ specific experiential 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.