Transition to Online and Distance Learning Awards

In recognition of the tireless work of the members of the University of Ottawa community in the context of the transition to online/distance instruction, the office of the Vice-Provost Academic Affairs has created three distinct awards. These awards seek to acknowledge and celebrate professors, instructional and support staff members and teaching assistants who have invested themselves in the enhancement of online/distance teaching and learning during the current pandemic context.

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Leadership Award

The Leadership Award recognizes a part-time or full-time faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment in responding to the transition to distance and online education. Candidates for this award must have contributed to the quality of student distance/online education via one or more of the following: 

  • established a program-level infrastructure to facilitate effective teaching and learning;
  • engaged in or led efforts leading to innovation in teaching practices and student assessment; 
  • initiated professional development for colleagues through support, mentorship, and/or resource development; 
  • contributed towards inter-institutional initiatives related to teaching and learning; and/or
  • contributed to improving teaching and learning through collaboration with other disciplines and institutions.

A total of three awards will be presented. To recognise the significance of this leadership, $2,000 will accompany each award. These funds seek to support continuity and scholarly inquiries (e.g. the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning [SoTL]) related to this work.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Be a professor or instructional staff member (full-time or part-time) at the University of Ottawa; and
  • Must have taught, or supported instruction, at the University of Ottawa during the Winter 2020, Spring 2020, or Fall 2020 semesters.

Award for Most Innovative Project in the Provision of Distance/Online Education

Description

Teaching and learning approaches have been forced to shift dramatically in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While a majority of professors and students might have previously had only minimal experience in distance/online education, the current educational transformation requires that professors provide effective, engaging, and valuable learning experiences in distance/online education. The Award for Most Innovative Project in the Provision of Distance/Online Education recognizes a part-time or full-time professor’s adept ability in developing an innovative project to provide distance/online education. This project shall demonstrate agility, longevity and impact aligning with core pillars of uOttawa’s Transformation 2030 strategic plan to enrich student learning and the quality of program offerings.

A total of three awards will be presented. To recognise the significance of the initiatives, $2,000 will accompany each award. These funds seek to support continuity and scholarly inquiries (e.g. the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning [SoTL]) related to this work.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Be a professor or instructional staff member (full-time or part-time), or a group of the aforementioned, at the University of Ottawa; and
  • The project must have been launched during the Winter 2020, Spring 2020, or Fall 2020 semesters to support the transition from traditional face-to-face instruction to distance/online instruction.

Transition Awards

Description

The rapid shift to distance and online instruction, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, was challenging and required flexibility, innovation, and dedication in support of online teaching and student learning in order to adapt to this new instructional context. The Transition Awards recognize the successful efforts of Teaching Assistants (TA), and support staff members as they supported the transition, from traditional face-to-face teaching environments to distance and online instruction and aided in reducing barriers to learning for University of Ottawa students.

A total of six awards will be presented (three to support staff members and three to teaching assistants). To recognize the significance of these transition support efforts, $500 will accompany each award.

Eligibility Criteria for Teaching Assistants
  • Must have served as a teaching assistant at the University of Ottawa during the Winter 2020, Spring 2020, or Fall 2020 semesters.