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U of S nursing professor receives national award for innovative teaching

College of Nursing professor Sandra Bassendowski was one of five instructors to receive the 2013 Desire2Learn's (D2L) Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

Bassendowski, who is located at the U of S Regina Campus, home to the College of Nursing, was recognised for her recent innovation called Concept Capture, which is a multi-dimensional, open, digital learning environment. Concept Capture focuses on the experience of undergraduate and graduate nursing students to create learning spaces not places. It uses multiple media sources, like podcasts, Twitter, blogs, photos and wikis, rather than lecture videos. Students are encouraged to co-create content as part of a collaborative and co-operative teaching and learning environment.

Professor Bassendowski said her career as an educator has been "all about the students."  She values technology and how it promotes and enhances student learning. Bassendowski joins Jay Wilson, from the College of Education, as the second U of S recipient of this award.

"We are very excited to have another one of our exceptional teachers recognized with the D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning," said Patti McDougall, vice-provost teaching and learning.  "Innovation in both undergraduate and graduate education is a key priority for the institution, including advances in the use of learning technology.  Dr. Bassendowski exemplifies, in her innovative uses of technology and her overall excellence in teaching, the type of teaching and learning environment we want to be known for at the U of S."

The recipients of the awards will be recognized at both the 2013 STLHE Annual Conference in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and the D2L annual conference, called FUSION, in Boston. They will also receive a two-year membership in STLHE, as well as a financial award covering travel and registration costs for both conferences.

From the entire College of Nursing team, congratulations Sandra on this wonderful accomplishment.