Fellowship in Teaching Innovation Award

Deadline for applications: March 1 (annually)

The purpose of the Fellowship in Teaching Innovation Award is to encourage Western faculty members (full-time and part-time) to pursue teaching innovations at Western University. Teaching innovation projects may take many forms, such as developing new strategies for student engagement, or initiatives involving the novel incorporation of educational technology into classroom settings. The Fellowship exists primarily, but not exclusively, to support undergraduate and professional school teaching (excludes postgraduate medical education programs) at the University, matching Western's commitment to the highest standards and quality of undergraduate education.

The Fellowship in Teaching Innovation will be awarded through an annual competition adjudicated by a review committee comprised of three or four faculty members selected by the Provost (or designate).


Fellowship Value

Two Fellowships of $10,000 will be awarded annually.
Recipients may use the funds awarded to develop teaching innovation projects through the purchase of release-time, support for graduate students, or acquisition of technology.


Information Session

An information session will be held in January 2021. This session is intended for those preparing applications in the current cycle and for those interested in learning more about the fellowship.


Eligibility

The Fellowship is open to current faculty members (full-time and part-time) from any Western faculty (members of the Affiliated University Colleges are not eligible) at any stage in their teaching careers.

Fellowships may be awarded to support the development of a new innovation or in recognition of an existing innovation already in use at Western that would be enhanced by further development.


Requirements of Recipients

  • Fellowship recipients must be willing to share their advances in teaching with the rest of the University, through promotion or distribution by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Instructional Technology Resource Centre, or other appropriate mechanism.
  • Recipients must be willing to give a talk at the University about their innovation during the academic year in which the Fellowship is awarded.
  • Recipients must submit a final report outlining the success of the project and how the funds were used by September 1 following the academic year in which the Fellowship is awarded.

Evaluation Criteria

  • impact or proposed impact on the quality of instruction at Western
  • transferability to other courses/instructors
  • sustainability of, and differentiation created for Western by, the innovation
  • novelty of the innovation.

All applications must be accompanied by an explanation of how the four criteria have been or will be met. The application must include a timeline and benchmarks for delivery of the innovation.


Evaluation Committee

A committee of three or four faculty members selected by the Provost (or designate) will review the applications and recommend the recipients for the Fellowship to the Provost.


Timing

Applications are due by March 1. Decisions will be made by May 1, allowing the Teaching Innovation Fellowship recipient use of the funds for the following academic year.


Submission Guidelines

The completed application should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file on or before March 1 to the Centre for Teaching and Learning <ctl@uwo.ca>.

Please note: the Cover Page requires the signatures of the applicant's Chair/Director and Dean.

For further information, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning <ctl@uwo.ca>.

There are five parts to the proposal submission:

  1. Summary Description of the Project (1 page maximum)

  2. The Proposal* (5 pages maximum)

  3. Short Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)

  4. Teaching Philosophy Statement (1 page maximum). The teaching philosophy statement should discuss how the applicant's teaching philosophy relates to the teaching innovation.

  5. Application Cover Sheet with endorsements by the Chair/Director and Dean.

* Proposal submissions should include:

  1. a rationale for the project in plain words for a non-specialized audience
  2. project objectives
  3. timelines
  4. the number of students affected by the project (please specify course(s) to which this innovation will apply)
  5. a plan for relevant evaluation of learning/impact of learning
  6. a detailed budget outline** that indicates if funds are available and/or requested from other sources
  7. a plan for the dissemination of the project outcome(s) within the University
  8. a plan for the sustainability of, or differentiation created for Western by, the innovation

 

**Please consult with the Instructional Technology Resource Centre group (elearning-tech@uwo.ca or Deanna Grogan at x85516) prior to including the purchase of any computer software or electronic devices in your proposed budget. In many instances, these resources can be provided centrally and need not be included in your budget calculations.

Successful Applicants

Recipients of the award must agree to participate in either the Spring or Fall Perspectives on Teaching conference sponsored by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, or another appropriate venue, within the University during the academic year in which the Fellowship is awarded. If the project proposed for the Fellowship involves research with human subjects, the researchers must complete the Ethics Review protocol

Project Evaluation Criteria

  • strengthens or enhances students' learning
  • promotes teaching method(s) that is/are new/innovative
  • includes a plan for relevant evaluation of learning/impact of learning
  • includes a conceptual framework/rationale and objectives for the project
  • develops teaching modules or innovations that have application to other courses/instructors
  • includes a budget outline with detailed explanations of costs
  • denotes a plan to sustain the project or innovation beyond the funding year
  • includes a plan for the dissemination of the project/innovation within Western University.


Past Fellowship Recipients

Recipient(s)

Department

Year

Project Title

Geneviève De Viveiros

French Studies

2020 Improving literacy in French with interactive audiobooks

Heather Hill, Paulette Rothbauer, Marni Harrington

Information and Media Studies

2020 Indigenizing and decolonizing the curriculum of the MLIS program

Drs. Aleksandra Zecevic and Tara Mantler

School of Health Studies

2019 Impact of Innovative Engaged Learning in Higher Education on Career Development: A pilot study

Dr. Robert Cockcroft

Department of Physics and Astronomy 2019 Reconciliation through Indigenous skies: Developing and offering an undergraduate course with a two-eyed seeing approach to astronomy
Robert Corless Mathematical & Statistical Sciences 2018 Computational Discovery on Jupyter
Aaron Hodgson Music Performance Studies 2018 Global concerts, global teaching: Live streaming across the Applied Music Instruction Curriculum
Emily Knight School of Health Studies 2017 Lightboards in Our Classrooms: Student-Generated Videos Using Novel Instructional Technology

Lloy Wylie, Ava John-Baptiste, Stephanie Hayne Beatty & Lisa Boyko

Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health

Student Success Centre

2017 Partnering for Change: A Model of Community Engaged Public Health Education

Nicole Campbell

Bachelor of Medical Sciences Program 2016 Implementing ePortfolios for Senior Undergraduate Medical Science Students to Promote Lifelong Learning

Richard Booth & Barbara Sinclair

Nursing 2015 Medication administration and the SMART Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) technology: Generating and evaluating teaching-learning best practices in simulated clinical practice
Priya Subramanian,
Sreelatha Varapravan, Iouri Rybak & Amer Burhan
Psychiatry 2014 Enhancing Suicide Risk Assessment Skills through Simulations in a Virtual Environment
Mark McDayter & Alison Conway English
Writing, Rhetoric & Professional Communication
2013 Constructing Communities of Writing: New Technologies and Peer Instruction in the Humanities
Yolanda Babenko-Mould & Karen Ferguson Nursing 2012 Reconceptualizing 'Neighbourhood as Community': Innovation in Student Placement Settings

Bethany White, David Bellhouse, Sohail Khan, Mary Millard & Duncan Murdoch

Statistical and Actuarial Sciences

2011

"The Best of Both Worlds: Blending online and face-to-face instruction in Introductory Statistics”

Peter A. Ferguson & Bruce Fyfe

Political Science & Western Library

2010

“Critical Success”: Developing a collaborative, fully integrated information literacy infrastructure into a Political Science curriculum

Barry Schwartz, Richard Bohay & Judy McCormick

Dentistry

2009

Evaluating the introduction of a patient’s voice in dental education through reflective experiential learning and self reported changes in empathy

Joerg Dietz

Richard Ivey School of Business

2008

Creating Cross-Cultural Experiences at The University of Western Ontario: Studying with International Exchange Students and Using Virtual Technologies

Tamie Poepping, Blaine Chronik, Ian MacDonald & Eugene Wong

Physics & Astronomy, Medical Biophysics

2007

Development of Medical Physics Lab Experiments for Teaching Physics

Karen Ferguson & Barbara Sinclair

Nursing

2006

Integrated Curriculum Design

William Turkel

History

2005

Handheld Computing for Place-Based Learning

Tom Haffie

Biology

2005

PRESSWestern: Implementation of Personal Response Technology in Large Classrooms

Shelley McKellar

History

2004

Learning through Objects - Development of the UWO Medical Artifact Collection as a Teaching and Research Resource

Tom Stavraky

Physiology & Pharmacology

2003

Interactive Multimedia Modules for Higher Education in Human Physiology

Jin Jiang

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2002

An Innovative Approach using Advanced Technology to Enhancing the Effectiveness of Classroom Instruction and Laboratory Learning for Large Classes

Fellowship Recipients in the Past 5 Years Including Project Purpose

Recipient(s)

Department

Year

Project Title

Project Purpose

Robert Corless Mathematical & Statistical Sciences 2018 Computational Discovery on Jupyter

To provide a unique and appealing mathematical course, to strengthen students’ programming and STEM skills, and second, to further differentiate the program at Western from those at other universities, thereby continuing to attract and retain the best all-round students.

Aaron Hodgson Music Performance Studies 2018 Global concerts, global teaching: Live streaming across the Applied Music Instruction Curriculum

To develop solutions that innovate teaching in applied music while being seamless, simple and sustainable. It is hoped that remote teaching will allow the Don Wright Faculty of Music to host national and international teaching artists with no travel or accommodation fees and with fewer scheduling challenges.

Emily Knight School of Health Studies 2017 Lightboards in Our Classrooms: Student-Generated Videos Using Novel Instructional Technology

The three aims of this research are to develop an understanding of (1) the impact of a novel instructional video technology (Lightboards) on learning, (2) the value a Lightboard assignment for achieving high quality learning outcomes, and (3) the strategies for effective implementation of a Lightboard assignment in the undergraduate learning environment.

Lloy Wylie, Ava John-Baptiste, Stephanie Hayne Beatty & Lisa Boyko

Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health

Student Success Centre

2017 Partnering for Change: A Model of Community Engaged Public Health Education

The short term objective is to build a better understanding of Community Engaged Learning and how to get the most out of this for our MPH students and community partners. Medium term objective is to formalize and enhance the Community Engaged Learning elements of the Masters of Public Health program at Western University, through expanding the initiative across all elements of the MPH program, beyond the three courses that are currently doing it. Long term objective is too enhance the status of Community Engaged Learning at Western University, through this extensive pilot project in the MPH program.

Nicole Campbell

Bachelor of Medical Sciences Program 2016 Implementing ePortfolios for Senior Undergraduate Medical Science Students to Promote Lifelong Learning The current vision for the ePortfolio is that it will allow students to showcase some of their assessments in their third and fourth years, and reflect on them. By utilizing ePortfolios, we hope to bring attention to the self-regulated process of learning as opposed to just the product. Eventually, the ePortfolio will provide graduates with a tangible product to showcase their learning to potential employers. Students will be able to share their ePortfolio and demonstrate their collection of work.

Richard Booth & Barbara Sinclair

Nursing 2015 Medication administration and the SMART Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) technology: Generating and evaluating teaching-learning best practices in simulated clinical practice

To explore the perceptions and reflections of students who have used the SMART CPOE system; they will evaluate the system in undergraduate education and then finally they will follow student participants into their clinical rotations at the London-area hospitals.

Findings from this project will be used to inform nursing education at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing and be shared as conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Investigation into the commercial viability of the SMART CPOE system will also be sought, in conjunction with WORLDiscoveries (Western University).