Awards

Engage partners with campus to transform teaching and learning by exploring, evaluating, and disseminating methods of good pedagogical and technological practice related to award program themes. These Programs are: Adaptation Awards, Innovation Awards, and Impact Awards.

The Innovation and Adaptation Award programs are organized around finding solutions to campus-identified teaching and learning challenges.

The Innovation Award explores and tests innovative evaluation methodologies and solutions to difficult teaching challenges based in new technologies and pedagogies through conducting pilot projects, developing ‘proofs of concept’ and building out projects with high potential for impact on a course or discipline. The Engage award methodology includes team-based projects, communities of practice, and evaluation of the teaching and learning experience.

The Adaptation Award explores solutions to a widely shared teaching/learning challenge identified by campus and the Engage Faculty Advisory Group through the implementation of the same or similar pedagogies and technologies across a multidisciplinary group of instructors.

Impact Awards provide small amounts of funding or time to implement ideas that have potential for a high impact on teaching and learning. Impact Program aligns with key campus initiatives, and provides resources to implement various high-impact ideas for classroom learning on an as-need basis. Campus initiatives and the Engage Faculty Advisory Group guide Engage's work.

How Award Decisions Are Made

The Engage program is advised by an interdisciplinary Faculty Advisory Group that reviews and approves all proposed award topics and projects. This group meets 9-12 times per year to explore campus teaching and learning needs, review project proposals, and evaluate program progress.

Innovation Awards

We are now exploring the potential of simulations and games as serious tools for teaching and learning because they provide rich, complex environments in which to practice case- or problem-based learning using higher-level critical thinking skills, and to provide immediate feedback on a student's choice of solutions.

To accomplish its mission to transform higher education through technology, Engage has developed several different types of award programs – one of which is called an Innovation Award. Innovation Awards are offered to UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff who are interested in exploring 21st century solutions to difficult teaching challenges. Award participants work with a group of consultants to develop projects that can be used and evaluated in a class for a semester. In addition to working on the course project, award participants attend community events where they share their experiences.

The evaluation outcomes identified through the award benefit the UW-Madison teaching community and help identify needs and barriers on campus. A typical evaluation process includes award participants and their students responding to both pre- and post-surveys on activities related to the award topic. Award participants have the opportunity to explore questions of interest to them through the evaluation process. They are strongly encouraged to publish their results in their research publications and to present on their experience to their colleagues at departmental meetings and professional conferences. Engage shares the evaluation outcomes widely across campus and beyond through publication of reports, presentations, posters, and articles.

Adaptation Awards

To accomplish its mission to transform higher education through technology, Engage has developed several different types of award programs – one of which is called an Adaptation Award. Adaptation Awards are offered to UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff who are interested in exploring and integrating new teaching approaches that leverage mature and stable technologies into their courses. Award participants work with a group of consultants to develop projects that can be used and evaluated in a class for a semester. In addition to working on the course project, award participants attend community events where they share their experiences.

The evaluation outcomes identified through the award benefit the UW-Madison teaching community and help identify needs and barriers on campus. A typical evaluation process includes award participants and their students responding to both pre- and post-surveys on activities related to the award topic. Award participants have the opportunity to explore questions of interest to them through the evaluation process. They are strongly encouraged to publish their results in their research publications and to present on their experience to their colleagues at departmental meetings and professional conferences. Engage shares the evaluation outcomes widely across campus and beyond through publication of reports, presentations, posters, and articles.

Impact Awards

This type of support is to simply and quickly enable faculty to implement small ideas that have a high impact on teaching and learning.

2006 & 2007 Impact Awards: 'Student Response Systems: "Clickers" in the Classroom'

Campus faculty and support staff spent the summer of 2006 evaluating a variety of student response systems. In August, the group choose eInstruction (www.einstruction.com) to be the recommend response system for UW-Madison. While instructors are still free to choose other systems, standardization on eInstruction will mean there will be a clearer path for instructors and students who want to take advantage of the technology.

See the Accomplishments & Portfolio section for a list of all projects.