AWARD CRITERIA
NUTN NETWORK 2014 - San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, TX
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 NETWORK 2014 focuses on the key elements of Learning/Technology/Innovation, their interrelationships, support and models for effectiveness and success.

Awards

Requirements for each award are listed below. Contact Patti Jennings with questions.

Award Announcements

Award announcements will be made at the Network 2014 conference in San Antonio, Texas, September 22-24 at the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio RiverWalk. Finalists of awards are expected to attend the NETWORK 2014 conference. Award recipients will have the opportunity to make brief acceptance remarks at the awards luncheon ceremony. Finalists of awards may register for NUTN NETWORK 2014 at NUTN member discounted rates and are encouraged to participate in other conference sessions and activities.

Finalists and award recipients will be notified by May 16, 2014.

NUTN RESEARCH PAPER AWARD

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2014

The National University Technology NETWORK (NUTN) is seeking nominations for the annual research paper award. The focus of NETWORK 2014 is “Collaboration: Breaking Down the Barriers.”

Research papers nominated for this award should represent an actual research study including the following components:

  1. A clearly articulated and testable hypothesis or problem statement
  2. An introduction with a strong theoretical base and review of relevant literature
  3. Clearly explained samples and sampling methods
  4. Follow sound research protocol, whether in keeping with quantitative methods (e.g., experimental or quasi-experimental design) or qualitative methods (e.g., focus groups or text analysis)
  5. Present findings and recommendations in keeping with the research methodology

The results and/or recommendations of the study must demonstrate a contribution to our understanding of the principles, practices, and approaches that lead to (1) increasing and maintaining quality and/or (2) improved student learning. The findings of the research should be applicable to the distance learner. A case study of a single entity will not be accepted as an acceptable research method.

Papers nominated should be submitted electronically by April 13, 2014. Finalists and award recipients will be notified by May 16, 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A Full Research Paper about the finished project (no more than 30 pages/double-spaced), accompanied by an abstract (50-75 words), should be submitted. Full contact information for the individual submitting the application must be provided.

NUTN SHIRLEY DAVIS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BLENDED LEARNING

Submission Deadline: April 25th, 2014

The National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) is seeking nominations for the NUTN 2014 Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Blended Learning. NUTN invites nominations or applications for consideration by the NUTN Awards Committee for award(s) to be presented at the NUTN annual event, NUTN Network 2014 to be held in San Antonio, Texas September 22-24, 2014.

The NUTN 2014 Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Blended Learning competition recognizes the work of individuals, organizations and institutions in providing blended learning (effectively integrating elements of synchronous and asynchronous modalities and/or at-a-distance blended with on campus) of a superior nature. Blended learning delivery may include the integration of video or audio conferencing, MOOCs, or other at-a-distance delivery into the on campus classroom experience.  It also may include the innovative and effective use of synchronous technologies within the online, asynchronous classroom.

Successful application/nominations for consideration in this award process must:

  • Explain how the use of both formats of the blended experience are important to the learning process.
  • Describe the components or activities within each format and how and when the participation with each is structured.
  • Show how the learning activities that occur in both formats are integrated and are mutually reinforcing.

Judging of materials will be based on the following criteria:
  • Evidence of the effectiveness of the integration on the learning process
  • How the innovation advances the practice of distance learning or education, by incorporating new pedagogy, use of a new technology, or an older technology in a new way
  • The potential for scalability and applicability for other providers
  • Evidence of student and faculty satisfaction
  • Each submission should be organized to correspond to the sections described in the previous paragraph. Submissions should be limited to no more than 5 pages and additional materials should be made available online with appropriate links and access information.  Full contact information for the individual submitting the application must be provided.

Finalists and award recipients will be notified by May 16, 2014.

NUTN DISTANCE EDUCATION INNOVATION AWARD 2014

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2014

The National University Technology NETWORK (NUTN) is seeking nominations for the NUTN Distance Education Innovation Award 2014. 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 field of distance education. The award for innovation may be in relation to 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:

  •  How effectively the innovation responds to a stated need
  •  How the innovation advances the practice of distance learning or education
  •  How the innovation has a broader application and can be duplicated by other providers
  •  How the innovation is cost-effective
  •  How the innovation can demonstrate a high level of student and faculty satisfaction
  •  How the innovation utilizes a new technology or an older technology in a new way
  •  How the innovation incorporates a new pedagogy

Each submission should be organized to correspond to the sections 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.

NUTN AWARD FOR INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2014

The NUTN Institution Achievement award recognizes an institutional member of the National University Technology NETWORK (NUTN) for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and/or organizational administration (or administrative operations) that is exemplary, demonstrates leadership and commitment, and advances the field as an institutional model.

Award criteria:

  1.  Organizational Commitment – The institution is organized for success in the broad uses of technology in teaching and learning and/or organizational operations both on and off the campus, involving administrative leadership, faculty and support staff in key positions in a way that is consistent with the institution’s mission and is incorporated into an institution’s planning, and goal-setting processes.
  2.  Quality of Offerings - The institution demonstrates how technology has been applied to improve learning, access, faculty, student satisfaction and/or organizational operations. Scale and Scope of offerings - The institution offers a variety of programs blended with technology in whole or in part in diverse disciplines which are representative of the institution’s total offerings. Programs are available on a regional or national basis consistent with the institution’s scope and mission.
  3.  Effectiveness – The institution’s technology-assisted offerings have led to faculty teaching large numbers of high-quality on-line, blended, technology-assisted or hybrid courses within a significant segment of the institution with a high degree of student satisfaction and academic measures of success.
  4.  Advancing the field - The institution’s efforts with programs and/or processes and achievements have been exemplary, have been emulated, and have substantively contributed to the overall advancement of teaching and learning through its effective use of technology.

Nominations may be submitted by the Board and NUTN membership, or by self-nomination, 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.

NUTN STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2014

NUTN Student Recognition Awards recognize students whose use of distance learning has been both exemplary and impactful in providing opportunities for personal or professional advancement.

Award Criteria:

  1. Opportunity – The student seized the opportunity afforded by distance learning, to further academic, personal and/or professional goals.
  2. Academic Achievement – The student has had a high degree of success as measured by academic achievement in distance learning courses and degree completion or advancement.
  3. Professional or Personal Advancement – The student been able to further his or her own goals professionally and/or personally through distance learning in significant ways.

Students for the NUTN Student Recognition award may be nominated by local or host institutions to the annual NUTN event (conference). The nominating party should submit a brief synopsis of the student’s distance learning experiences, and address the three criteria listed above. Selected students will be invited to attend the NUTN annual event with a complementary registration to receive their recognition award. Full contact information for the individual submitting the application as well as for the student nominated must be provided.