The Provost’s Awards for Transformative Online Courses recognize online courses developed by faculty members of the UAB community that exemplify best practices and innovation in online education. "Transformative" courses are defined as those which enhance the student experience through the use of innovative teaching strategies, fostering an interactive learning community that maximizes student engagement and outcomes.
Up to three awards will be made each year. The awards include a cash prize and a crystal flame.
Only courses developed by full-time UAB faculty may be nominated. At least 80% of the instruction must occur online. All nominated courses must have been taught at least two semesters prior to being nominated and must have evidence of learner outcomes. A course may only receive an award once in a five-year time period.
Criteria for Selection:
The awards are based solely on course excellence as demonstrated by how well the course:
- Aligns with Quality Matters standards.
- Incorporates strategies that support/promote faculty-student engagement.
- Incorporates innovative teaching strategies to achieve desired student outcomes. In this context, innovative teaching strategies are defined as the use of new evidence-based processes, tools, and methods that are designed and incorporated into a course to possibly impact student learning and achievement of course outcomes.
- Utilizes strategies to create an online interactive learning community. In this context, a learning community is defined as the vehicle through which learning occurs online.
- Evaluation data (e.g., student evaluations, student feedback, etc.) demonstrate impact on student outcomes and are used to improve the course.
Procedure for Nomination:
Courses may be nominated by completing and submitting a nomination form (accessible by using the tabs at the top of this page).
- Deadline for submission of nominations is April 1, 2017.
- Courses may be nominated by a faculty, student or staff member of the UAB community. Self-nominations are accepted, also.
- Submit nominations to Dr. Elizabeth Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nominees will receive an auto-generated email notifying them of the nomination.
- Nominees are asked to confim their nomination by submitting a complete packet.
- Nominations must include:
- A letter of support for the nomination from the individual nominating the course.
- A completed nomination form.
Application packets are due on Thursday, June 1, 2017, to Dr. Elizabeth Fisher.
Awards Selection Committee:
A selection committee will be appointed each year by the Executive Director of UAB eLearning and Professional Studies. The committee will consist of members of the UAB eLearning Advisory Council, a representative of each UAB College/School, and the UAB eLearning and Professional Studies Executive Director, who will serve as committee chair.
The chairperson is responsible for:
- Appointment of committee members.
- Soliciting nominations.
- Providing copies of nomination packets for each course to the committee members for independent review and scoring.
- Calling a meeting of the selection committee to discuss nominations and scoring, and making final selection of courses to receive awards.
- Notifying the provost of the award selections.
All deliberations and information provided to the selection committee will be considered confidential and not shared with anyone outside the committee. All communications with faculty or administrators regarding the awards will be made by the chair of the committee or his/her designee.
Dissemination of Innovation:
Winning faculty are expected to participate in a special Lectureship on Transformative Online Courses that will be open to the UAB community.
The following is the course assessment criteria for nominated courses in the Provost's Awards for Transformative Online Courses. If you have questions about the course self-assessment or the awards, contact Dr. Elizabeth Fisher with eLearning & Professional Studies.
Prepare a written statement describing how the course meets the award criteria, providing specific examples. The course self-assessment is limited to three pages and should address the standards and criteria in each of the two following areas:
1. Meets Quality Matters Standards
Provide a written assessment of the nominated course in relation to the following QM categories. Provide evidence in support of how each major category is met.CategoryCriteria
Assessment and Measurement
- The types of assessments selected measure the stated learning objectives and are consistent with course activities and resources.
- The course grading policy is stated clearly.
- Specific and descriptive criteria are provided for the evaluation of students’ work and participation and are tied to the course grading policy.
- The assessment instruments selected are sequenced, varied, and appropriate to the student work being assessed.
- Students have multiple opportunities to measure their own learning progress.
- The instructional materials contribute to the achievement of the stated course and module/unit learning objectives.
- The purpose of instructional materials and how the materials are to be used for learning activities are clearly explained.
- All resources and materials used in the course are appropriately cited.
- The instructional materials are current.
- The instructional materials present a variety of perspectives on the course content.
- The distinction between required and optional materials is clearly explained.
Learner Interaction and Engagement
- The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives.
- Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning.
- The instructor’s plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated.
- The requirements for student interaction are clearly articulated.
2. Demonstrates Evidence of Innovation
- Integrates innovative strategies for student engagement.
- Creates an online community of learning.
- Impacts student outcomes.
- Advances the methods and quality of online instruction.
Use the following form to nominate a UAB course for consideration for the Provost's Awards for Transformative Online Courses.
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