Teaching & Learning

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

Overview

The VC's Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise programs and services that contribute to the quality of student learning and the student experience at the University of Tasmania. These awards are given to exemplary programs and services whose effectiveness has been demonstrated through strenuous evaluation.

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 each.

Eligibility

  • All members of staff, both academic and professional, are eligible to apply
  • Individual and team applications are invited in each category
  • Winners are ineligible to reapply for the same award within a five year period
  • Winners may immediately submit an application for a different VC's award (Teaching Excellence or Medal)
  • Previously unsuccessful applicants in any category are immediately eligible to reapply

Nomination, application and selection procedures

Refer to the Nomination and Application page for further information.


Application format

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 Arial or Calibri. Individual pages that do not meet the requirements, for instance by exceeding the pages limits, will be removed.

The application is comprised of:

Application cover sheet

Program applications must select one of the following six categories:

  1. Global citizenship and internationalisation
  2. Widening participation
  3. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  4. Innovation in curriculum design and pedagogy practice
  5. Postgraduate education
  6. Student experiences and learning support services

Applicants must complete the application cover sheet, cross-checking their application against the checklist provided.

Written statement

The core element of the application is a written statement describing the program, specifically addressing each of the four assessment criteria. It is essential that this statement provides a 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 (maximum 200 words, written in the third person)

The synopsis should provide a clear and concise description of the program and its contribution to student learning.

Overview

An overview of the program and its context. The overview should summarise the claims made against the assessment criteria and the impact of the program.

Assessment criteria:
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 the student experience

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. Addressing equity and diversity

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

Applicants will be assessed on the evidence provided in their response to the assessment criteria. The assessment panel will consider how each applicant's contribution has:

  • Influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
  • Gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
  • Been sustained for a period of no less than two years, not including time taken for development or trial of any activity
  • Claims for excellence which are supported by formal and informal evaluation
  • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
  • Information contained in student data, student surveys, supporting materials, and references submitted by the nominee

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.

Conclusion

The conclusion should draw elements of the narrative together to provide a cohesive final statement.

Reference list

Applicants should use their preferred reference style and include a reference list within the 10 pages.

Supporting materials

Assessment of applications is based primarily on the written statement addressing the assessment 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:

    1. A link to a three-minute video (which could include footage of the nominee talking about their teaching, their teaching philosophy or interviews with students);
    2. A link to a website
    3. 10 pages of teaching materials in 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 assessment criteria. One of the referees must be from the Head of School, College or Division, unless otherwise negotiated with the Acting Director - Learning and Teaching.