Teaching and Learning Awards Hail Innovation

The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award.
April 24, 2014 - PRLog -- The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA), for 2014, sponsored by Asahi Net. The award highlights examples of educational applications built around Sakai and/or the Apereo Open Academic Environment which support innovation and transformation.

Higher Ed Face to Face category:

Entry: the FOLD
Melissa Halvorson (Adjunct Professional Lecturer), Marist College
Marist College has extended its leadership in educational technology with the launch of The FOLD, a student-driven, collaborative online learning resource for all things fashion, which is leveraging the power of two Apereo Foundation projects, Sakai and the Open Academic Environment (OAE), as part of the institution’s strategic Academic Community Cloud initiative. While delivering a range of learning experiences in Sakai including the first peer-to-peer fashion MOOC “The Future of Fashion”, the FOLD uses OAE to support a diverse range of online collaborative activities among fashion professionals, scholars, and enthusiasts from around the world.

Higher Ed Online/Hybrid category:

Entry: SPA 231 Reading and Composition
Shannon Hahn (Discipline Chair/Instructor), Durham Technical Community College
Reading and Composition is an advanced Spanish course at Durham Community College that is taught fully online. As students have a wide range of language and technology skills, the course is designed to personalize learning, encourage peer discussion and collaboration, and provide structured reflection on course objectives. The Sakai site offers weekly lesson plans that include Blog entries, a class Wiki, and various individual and group assignments to foster collaboration and discussion through all areas of the coursework. By the end, students create a Student Page outlining their progress on a personal goal set for improving their reading or writing skills.

Portfolio category:

Entry: Pre-Health Professions Program at Wake Forest University
Pat Lord (Director of the Health Professions Program), Jolie Tingen (Instructional Technology Analyst), Wake Forest University.
The Wake Forest University Pre-Health Professions Portfolio asks students seeking WFU endorsement of their medical or dental school applications to document and reflect on their learning in preparation for a healthcare career. The portfolio process replaces a paper-based procedure in which recommending faculty focused on grades as the defining factor for their decisions. The portfolio encourages pre-health professions students to understand their deeper motivations, articulate their goals and the experiences that shaped them, and incorporate guidance from their pre-health professions advisor as they prepare a portfolio presentation for the evaluation committee and the content for application to medical or dental school.

Projects and Other Uses category:

Entry: the FOLD
Josh Baron (Senior Academic Technology Officer), Melissa Halvorson (Adjunct Professional Lecturer), Marist College
The FOLD is an interactive global community that seeks to foster network-building and information exchange among those interested in fashion scholarship. It offers a menu of free, student and faculty developed MOOCs on a range of topics, appealing to both those with a general interest in fashion and the working professional. The FOLD is also a platform for informal dialogue and social interaction among users around global street trend, cultural phenomena, product development and design. The Fold utilizes the power of the Apereo Open Academic Environment, a next-generation platform for collaboration and exchange.

Each winner will be recognized for their use of Sakai and/or Apereo Open Academic Environment for teaching and learning at the Apereo Conference in Miami, FL, June 1-4, 2014.  Further details of their winning projects will be shared at the conference. For information about the conference, please see http://conf2014.apereo.org/

The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) is a project of the Sakai Teaching and Learning Community.  This is the 7th year of the competition.

The Apereo Foundation is a partnership of over a hundred educational institutions that supports educational organizations collaborating to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research.

Further details from Ian Dolphin, Apereo Foundation Executive Director ian.dolphin@apereo.org
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