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Alan Blizzard Collaborative Projects Award

About the Award

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) encourages and facilitates the improvement of teaching and learning and the scholarship of teaching in post-secondary education. The Alan Blizzard Award is designed to stimulate and reward collaboration in teaching, and encourage and disseminate scholarship in teaching and learning.

Please see the STLHE Blizzard website for additional information.

The application deadline is in mid-January

2011 Winners from the University of Saskatchewan

The prestigious Alan Blizzard recognize teaching excellence through innovative collaborative teaching projects. One award is given each year. The University of Saskatchewan is proud to have received the Alan Blizzard award in 2011. The project, entitled "Innovative Practice in Interprofessional Health Sciences Problem-Based Learning" was created by the interdisciplinary project team: Nora McKee, Marcel D’Eon and Krista Trinder (College of Medicine); Jane Cassidy and Doreen Walker (College of Pharmacy and Nutrition); Pat Wall and Peggy MacLeod (College of Nursing); Megan O’Connell (Arts and Sciences - clinical psychology); Peggy Proctor and Arlis McQuarrie (School of Physical Therapy); Erin Beckwell (U of R); and Darlene Scott (SIAST).

This project has been 10 years in the making and early on we recognized that interprofessional collaboration was a necessary part of a health sciences education," said Peggy Proctor, one of the project’s co-ordinators and a clinical assistant professor, School of Physical Therapy. "We developed teaching modules related to a number of health topics like Aboriginal health, palliative care and HIV/AIDS. The students then work together in small groups to consider the ‘case’ of a patient within each module, relying on each other’s discipline-specific knowledge while also learning how each discipline approaches care of the patient.

Another U of S project - "Integrative Teaching and Learning to Bridge Pre-Clinical Sciences in Veterinary Medicine", co-ordinated by Baljit Singh, professor of veterinary biomedical sciences, received the Blizzard Honourable Mention Award in 2010.