Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Award
- Graduate Student Teaching Award (Society of Graduate Students)
Have you ever had that moment in the classroom when your students finally grasp a difficult concept and you know that all of your hard work and planning has paid off? The Centre for Teaching and Learning wants to recognize and reward outstanding Teaching Assistants for their commitment to undergraduate student learning!
The Centre for Teaching and Learning selects the winners of the GIFT Award from a competitive pool of proposals submitted by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Each proposal provides a summary of an in-class activity, creative assignment, or another strategy that supports undergraduate student learning. Great proposals describe a course- or discipline-specific teaching idea but also include thoughts on how the strategy could be modified for use in other disciplines.
The winners will demonstrate their innovative teaching method to other Western grads and postdocs from across disciplines at a Future Professor Workshop.
- A teaching award looks great on a CV and Teaching Dossier - especially when applying for future teaching positions.
- By presenting their “Great Idea” at a Future Professor workshop, winners have the chance to share successful teaching methods with other graduate student instructors
- Winners receive a $100 gift certificate to the Western Bookstore or Hospitality Services.
Prepare and submit a 1-2 page summary of your teaching idea, including the following details:
- A description of the intended audience (i.e., discipline, department, course, level)
- Learning outcomes (i.e., what the students will know or be able to do at the end of the lesson)
- A lesson outline, including required time and resources
- An explanation of any core concepts covered in the lesson
- Your name, department, and contact information
Deadline and more information: No award information available at present.
Contact: Dr. Karyn Olsen
Past GIFT Award Winners Proposals
- Expressive Reading - Kathy Asari, Department of French Studies
- Exploring Cultural Appropriation from Indigenous Perspectives - Candace Brunette-Debassige, Faculty of Education
- Building Legislation and Ethics Search, Review and Application Skills (Youtube) - Heather Church, Faculty of Health Sciences
- Snapchatting Challenge: Learning a second language using the social media context - Ana Boller, Modern Lanugages and Literatures
- Casino Game - Diana Fernandez, Modern Lanugages and Literatures
- Incorporating Field Interpretations into the Archaeology Classroom - Arwen Johns, Anthropology
- Runner-up: Standoff of the Stakeholders: Panel debates on current genetic dilemmas - Shrikaar Kambhampati, Mandana Miri, and Keegan Leckie, Biology
- From What to How and Why: Helping students to critically analyze texts - Lisette Farias Vera, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
- Student Video Projects: Putting knowledge into practice - Natalya Domina, Comparative Literature
- Standoff of the Stakeholders: Panel debates on current genetic dilemmas - Shrikaar Kamphampati, Christina Catellani, and Alanna Edge, Biology
- CMoS Word Jumble - Claude Bock, Art History
- Mathematical Cookbook - Allen O'Hara, Mathematics
- Three Minute Teach - Marylynn Steckley, Geography
- Computing Informatics - Jenna Butler, Computer Science
- Media in Society - Kristen Colbeck, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
- Choose and Match you Own CATS - Lisa Cossy and Leichelle Little, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
- Runner-Up: Logic Grids in The Classroom - Allen O'Hara, Mathematics
- Acting out Algorithms - A "hands-on" approach to teaching Computer Science - Jenna Butler, Computer Science
- Stimulating Student Learning in Breadth Courses - Chelsea Hicks
- Photo-Reflection Assignments - Beth Hundey, Geography
- Virtual Virtuality - Jennifer Martin, Media Studies
- The Question Game - Angel Petropanagos, Philosophy
- Post-it Empowered - Megan Popovic, Kinesiology
- The Medium is Still the Message: Generation Text Meets Marshall McLuhan - Mike Arntfield, English
- Fossil Analogies: Correlating Primate Behaviour and Morphology - Zoe Morris, Anthropology
- Art Theory Review Pie - Helen Parkinson, Visual Arts
- The World Café Comes to Western - Megan Popovic, Kinesiology
- Rethinking Multi-Media: An indisciplinary overview of the media, information & technoculture program - Mike Arntfield, English
- “Webmindful(l)”: Building Web Resource Evaluation Skills - Elan Paulson, English
- The Traveling Discussion - Suzanne Fox
- Vocabulary Relay Race - Lauren Keys