Teaching & Learning

Vice Chancellor's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

Overview

The VC's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience at UTAS. These awards are given to exemplary programs and services whose effectiveness has been demonstrated through strenuous evaluation.

Program applications must address only one of the following six categories:

  1. Widening participation  
  2. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  3. Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching
  4. Postgraduate education
  5. Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education
  6. Global citizenship and internationalisation

There will be a maximum of two VC's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning each year across all categories, with winners receiving $5,000.

Eligibility

  • All members of staff, both academic and professional, are eligible to apply for a VC's Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.
  • Individual and team applications are invited in each category.
  • Winners of VC's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning are ineligible to reapply within a five year period for the same award.  
  • Winners of VC's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning may immediately submit an application for a different category of the UTAS Teaching Awards program further down the award pathway (e.g. Award for Teaching Excellence).  
  • Previously unsuccessful applicants in any category are immediately eligible to reapply in that category.

Selection Criteria

All VC's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning  applications will be assessed on the basis of evidence they provide in relation to the following four criteria, which will be given equal consideration by the sub-committee:  

1. Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose

Extent to which the program has clear objectives and systematic approaches to coordination, implementation and evaluation.

2. Influence on student learning and student engagement

Extent to which the program targets identified needs and directly or indirectly enhances student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience of higher education.

3. Breadth of impact

Extent to which the program has led to widespread benefits for students, staff, the institution, and/or other institutions, consistent with the purpose of the program.

4. Concern for equity and diversity 

Extent to which the program promotes and supports equity and inclusiveness by improving access, participation and outcomes for diverse student groups.

In assessing applications, the sub-committee will take into account:

  • the extent to which the application gives clear evidence of the effectiveness of the program in formal and informal evaluation
  • the degree of creativity, imagination or innovation of the application
  • the extent to which the application demonstrates evidence of the sustained effectiveness of the program over time.

Nomination, Application and Selection Procedures


Programs Application Format

The VC's Award for Programs that Enhance Learning application is comprised of:

Paper must be A4 and plain white. Margins must be at least 2cm with clear definition between paragraphs. Font must be a minimum of 11 point. Individual pages that do not meet the requirements, for instance by exceeding the pages limits, will be removed.

Written Statement

The core element of the application is a written statement describing the program, specifically addressing each of the four selection criteria. It is essential that this statement provides a broad range of evidence to support claims in line with each criterion. The written statement is limited to ten (10) A4 pages in total.

The written statement should be presented in order, under the following headings:

Synopsis (150 - 200 words maximum, written in the third person)

The synopsis should describe the aims of the program and the teaching context of the program.  The synopsis should also summarise the claims made against the four selection criteria in the rest of the application, outlining the impact of the program on student learning and engagement.

Selection criteria

Each application must specifically address each of the four selection criteria in turn:

  • Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose
  • Influence on student learning and student engagement
  • Breadth of impact
  • Concern for equity and diversity

A broad range of evidence in support of the claims against these criteria must be provided. The views of students, collaborators and/or colleagues should be woven into this statement as appropriate, as they will be a key element in the assessment of applications.

Supporting Teaching Materials

Assessment of applications is based primarily on the written statement addressing the selection criteria, however selected teaching materials supporting claims made against the selection criteria must be included. The relevance of any such material must be made clear in the written statement.
Supporting teaching materials are limited to a maximum of two of:

    • A three minute video (which could include footage of the nominee talking about their teaching, their teaching philosophy or interviews with students);
    • A website
    • 10 pages of teaching materials in one PDF file format

References

Two references of no more than one A4 page each must be provided by people who are able to comment on the program's outstanding contribution to student learning against the selection criteria. One of the referees MUST be from the Head of School, Faculty or Department, unless otherwise negotiated with the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students & Education).