The Excellence in Online Teaching award is bestowed by Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) in recognition of outstanding work in the design and teaching of online/hybrid courses to create meaningful, effective learning experiences for students.
Completed nomination forms and all supporting documentation must be submitted by December 10, 2022.
Rutgers faculty and part-time lecturers/adjunct instructors who have taught one or more academic credit-bearing online or hybrid course are eligible for the award. At least one course must have been taught for at least two semesters prior to application/nomination.
Any faculty member, instructor, department head/chair, staff member, or student may make a nomination on behalf of an eligible individual. Self-nominations will also be accepted.
- Letter of nomination from peer, department head/director, staff, or student. Note: This is not required for self-nominations.
- A general description of the online and/or blended course(s) taught, with an in-depth focus on one course.
- A URL link to a copy of the course in a Canvas sandbox. Please note, student data will be removed when copying a course into a sandbox. If submitting a link to the course on behalf of a nominee, written permission from the instructor teaching the course must be obtained for the selection committee to be given access.
- Descriptions of the online teaching approaches utilized as a teacher.
- Up to three examples of well-designed course materials that embody effective teaching strategies. This may be in the form of files/documents, screenshots from the course, or links to additional resources used.
- Evidence of effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online course(s), such as assessment data or other measures. Please include the course objectives to which each measure is linked.
- Evidence of meaningful engagement with students and learner satisfaction, such as student survey data, SIRS or other student feedback, and/or demonstrated rapport with learners and other course participants.
- Letter of support, which may be from a student, faculty colleague, or administrator.
The selection committee will be chaired by the Associate Vice President for Online Programs, along with representatives from Teaching and Learning with Technology within the Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS), Academic Technology Services (Newark), and Instructional Design and Technology (Camden).
Review and selection will take place during the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester. Up to three award recipients will be chosen.
- Creative Approach:
- The nominee has used technology to implement a creative approach to address one or more instructional design or teaching challenges.
- Quality of Course Materials and Instructional Strategies:
- The nominee has created well-designed course materials and utilized appropriate teaching strategies to meet instructional goals.
- Inclusivity: The nominee has demonstrated efforts to adopt inclusive teaching strategies to create an equitable and accessible learning experience for all students.
- Learner Satisfaction: The nominee has demonstrated rapport with learners and has a strong instructional presence in the online course.
- Effective Learning Outcomes: The nominee has measurably demonstrated effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online course(s).
- Supporting Letter: The supporting letter addresses the qualifications of the nominee as an outstanding online teacher.
Recipients of the Excellence in Online Teaching Award will receive a plaque recognizing their achievement and be honored at the annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference in March 2023.
Award recipients will also be invited to participate in a panel discussion at the Conference to showcase their accomplishments in online teaching.