The Goals for the TWSIA
- Recognize and promote best faculty practices and innovation in using Sakai for teaching and learning.
- Establish a faculty presence in the Sakai community and in particular at the international Sakai conference.
- Bring faculty in contact with Sakai developers and designers.
How are we meeting these goals?
What went well with the award process in 2010?
Suggestions for improvement for 2011?
clarify entry requirements
consider requiring a screen shot of the home page of the course
consider requiring a syllabus
limit number of attachments; I feel obligated to look at them all, and for some of the entries, it's too much
Rethinking the award structure and the possibilities for "categories."
From Lois Brooks:
In future years, perhaps rather than first, second, and honorable
mention, awards can be given for categories of excellence. Examples
might include the type of course, e.g., innovation in a distance
course; the outcome, e.g., student engagement; a technology focus,
e.g., creative use of tools; or a discipline focus, e.g., best use in
the sciences. We could still do four awards, but just shift the name
of the award to the reason why the people won, rather than the ranking.
There are two reasons why we do the awards, to showcase excellence,
and to build the community's focus on pedagogy. It felt off, somehow,
to honor these amazing teachers while at the same time telling three
of them that they didn't quite win, but almost won. Not that we said
it this way, but I wonder if the purpose of the award, to showcase
amazing courses, is somewhat mitigated by naming the awards with
A community of practice for teaching and learning with open/community-source tools.
How can the TWSIA site on OpenEdPractices be improved to make the application process better (it's already pretty good).
Word count is still a tricky issue
check help requests for usability issues
update the FAQ
How can the site be improved so that people can use it to find information on best teaching practices?
Highlight winning entries and provide a summary of the course and perhaps a screen shot or photograph of the instructor.