The National University Technology Network (NUTN) provides networking and professional development opportunities for innovative leaders in the advancement of teaching and learning. Given the extraordinary challenges and opportunities for higher education in dynamically changing environments, NUTN focuses on the key elements of Learning/Technology/Innovation, their interrelationships, support and models for effectiveness and success.
The NUTN Distance Education Innovation Award is presented to an individual or group of individuals representing an institution that has developed an innovative program or practice that contributes to the use of technology in teaching and learning (including distance, hybrid and blended learning). The award for innovation may be for a new program, an ongoing program, student or support services, pedagogy, faculty development and support, or technology. Awards may be given in Open, NUTN Member and Corporate categories.
Judging of materials will be based on the following criteria, with the understanding that every criterion need not be addressed in the nomination:
Each submission should be organized to correspond to the criteria described in the previous paragraph. Submissions are limited to 5 pages of narrative and additional material limited to 3 attachments. Links to additional online material may be provided. Full contact information for the individual submitting the application must be provided.
The NUTN Institution Achievement award recognizes an institution (college, university, non-profit organization etc) that is a member of the National University Technology Network (NUTN) for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and in organizational administration (or administrative operations) that is exemplary, demonstrates leadership and commitment, and advances the field as an institutional model.
Nominations may be submitted by the Board and NUTN membership, or by self-nomination of NUTN institutions, and must provide evidence responsive to the award criteria. Such documentation should include institutional mission; goals or strategic objectives as relates to technology, teaching and learning; and measures of quality and success. Full contact information for the individual submitting the application must be provided. All candidates' submissions will remain active for three years and may be updated annually.
The NUTN Research and Scholarship Award recognizes an individual or multiple individuals who have engaged in significant new research with implications for the field of distance learning and the use of technology as a delivery mechanism in higher education. Awards may be given for master’s thesis or research paper; doctoral dissertation; or independent scholarly research. Research must have been conducted in the past two years with findings either published or accepted for publication.
The award is intended to encourage the efforts of NUTN members and non-members and contribute to the distance learning field with best practices or implications for the improvement of learning through the delivery of technology. Awards will be presented each year at the NUTN annual conference.
The research must:
A committee will evaluate the research project and/or paper and select the recipient(s) based upon the following factors: selection of the problem; design of the study; analysis and interpretation of data; and summary, conclusions and recommendations. The inclusion of a published case study with relevant implications for best practices is also encouraged.
Nominations for the Research and Scholarship Award must be submitted by a member or non-member of NUTN. Winners who are not representing a member institution will be granted a one-year complimentary individual membership. Completed nominations shall include the following:
NUTN Learner Recognition Awards recognize individuals whose substantial use of the opportunities that technology offers for education enabled them to advance academically, professionally or personally in a demonstrably impactful way. The award applies to learners who relied on distance, hybrid or blended learning to complete a substantial part of an accredited degree or whose comparable learner experience otherwise relying substantially on technology and resulted in a recognized credential. More than one Learner Recognition Award may be given annually.
Nominations for the NUTN Learner Recognition award may come from NUTN members and local or host institutions to the annual NUTN conference. Nominations should address the three criteria above. Selected learners will be invited to attend the NUTN annual event with a complementary registration to receive their recognition award. Recipient’s travel expenses should be covered by the nominating institution. Full contact information for the individual submitting the application as well as for the learner nominated must be provided.
Partnerships between academic institutions and corporations (or other non-academic organizations) can be creative and powerful opportunities for advancing teaching and learning through the use of technology. They bring together technology-based resources, perspectives and approaches that can uniquely and positively impact experiences and outcomes for students. This award recognizes such partnerships that have demonstrated impact from the collaboration and integration of perspectives and resources in an initiative or program.
Completed nominations shall include the following: