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D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning

About the Award

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Desire2Learn began offering an award that recognizes innovative approaches to post-secondary teaching in 2012. This award is open to post-secondary faculty and instructors of all disciplines at any level of appointement. Please visit the STLHE's awards page for more information.

Submissions for this award are due at the end of February each year

Winners from the University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jay Wilson, Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education

Professor Jay Wilson has developed and uses a theory of Open Authentic Learning as a model to educate future educators. His model offers a unique avenue for the smooth transition of new teachers into the work force. Wilson’s model challenges students to learn from their peers and promotes active learning while also challenging the professor to tailor teaching practices to the needs of the individuals in the class. Wilson encourages Open Authentic Learning through the use of innovative teaching techniques such as problem-based and situated learning. Professor Wilson’s teaching practices challenge students with many perspectives and effectively foster the development of group initiative, creative thinking, and practical teaching skills. In addition, Wilson attempts to create competent learners and educators by integrating real life priorities and assessments into the curriculum to ensure that students of the College of Education can grow into excellent and enthusiastic educators. Jay Wilson’s commitments to innovative learning are evident in his ability to successfully create student-centred learning environments and motivate future educators. (STLHE announcement)