Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS)

ATLAS 2018 Winners

April 2, 2018

The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce three winners of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) for 2018.

Winning Entries:

Michael Friesen, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Course: Social Media and Organizations

Eric Giraudin, IUT2 Grenoble Alps University, France
Portfolio: From an ePortfolio to an Intelligent and Professional Digital Environment

Kevin Abbott, Alex Ambrose, Maureen Dawson, and Paul Manrique, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.
Course: Moreau First Year Experience

Each of the winners will be recognized for their use of the Sakai CLE, Karuta, Xerte, OAE, and/or Opencast, for teaching and learning, at the Open Apereo Conference being held on 3-7 June 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Details of their winning entries will be shared at the conference. For information about the conference, go to http://conference.apereo.org/.

 

ATLAS 2018 Application

Welcome to the application process for ATLAS, the Apereo Teaching & Learning Awards! There are two steps which are detailed below.

The ATLAS committee welcomes submissions from the Apereo open source education community. We invite applications that demonstrate innovative teaching and learning using Sakai, OAE, Karuta, Xerte and/or Opencast.

Based on merit, we hope to select up to six winners. Winners will be announced by the end of March 2018 and recognized at the Open Apereo Conference June 3-7, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Registration and travel expenses will be covered for award winners.

 

There are two steps you need to consider to apply for this award:

Step 1: Download the application and rubric.           

You will begin the process of applying for the award by completing a brief questionnaire that helps identify the best innovation rubric and application form for your entry.

Step 2: Complete and submit the application form by March 2 2018.  

You will need to fill out the application form that you have downloaded in Step 1, and save the file as a PDF with your name and the submission date in the file name, for example “ATLAS_cbrown_Feb05_2018.pdf”.  Use the link below to submit your application to the ATLAS awards committee.

 

*Notification on Supplementary Videos/Animations for Your Application:

New this year, we accept supplementary videos or animations to further demonstrate merits of your course/project or portfolio. Supplementary video/animations are NOT a requirement. Below are the guidelines for your videos:

  • Videos or animations should be produced to demonstrate innovative teaching and learning of an application and show a direct association with a criterion in the application. They should  not be a snippet of actual learning materials used in an instructional unit of your application. 
  • Videos or animations supplement the screenshots you shall provide as the evidence to corroborate your rating for each criterion in the application. They do not replace the screenshots.  
  • Videos or animations should be a MAXIMUM of 5 minutes. For example, you may provide one 5-min-long video or five 1-min-long videos.  
  • We encourage you provide English captions in these videos or animations to meet accessibility standards and help peer reviewers understand your video content in case you use French or Spanish language in the video. 
  • Any videos or animations provided should be independently created or you MUST provide information about support of the creation of the resource in the application. 
  • Please upload videos to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video sharing platform and make them public. Then share the links to these videos in corresponding evidence section of each criterion in the application.

 

For further inquiries, please email Luisa Li (luisa.li at apereo.org), the ATLAS Committee Chair.

To prepare for the application process, please review the following document: 

 

ATLAS 2017 Winners 

The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) for 2017.

Winners: 

Writing 270: Composing the Internship Experience: Social Media and Digital Discourse
Denise Comer from Duke University

Diploma in Experimental Science
Ursula Bernal and Marco Antonio Bernal from U-red, Edured A.C.


Honorable Mention: 

Bringing Communication Theory to Life through iLearn Interactive Experiences
Jennifer Robinette from Marist College 
 

The intent of the award is to highlight examples of educational applications of Apereo tools which fall into an innovative or transformative category. Each of the winners will be recognized for their use of the Sakai CLE, Xerte, OAE, and/or Opencast, for teaching and learning, at the Open Apereo Conference being held from 4-8 June 2017, in Philadelphia. Details of their winning projects will be shared at the conference. For information about the conference, go to http://conference.apereo.org/ 

The Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) is a project of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Community.  

We thank our sponsor Apereo Foundation for their support of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards.

 

ATLAS 2017 Application 

This year, the ATLAS applicant selection process opens on January 15, 2017 and closes on March 20, 2017

The 2017 application of ATLAS is now closed. 

The ATLAS committee welcomes submissions from the Apereo open source education community. We invite applications that demonstrate innovative teaching and learning using not only Sakai, OAE and Karuta, but also Xerte and Opencast.

Based on merit, we hope to select up to six winners. Winners will be announced in early April 2017 and recognized at the Open Apereo Conference June 4 - 8, in Philadelphia, PA. Registration and travel expenses will be covered for award winners.

For further inquiries, please email Luisa Li (luisa.li[at]apereo[dot]org) or Cheryl Brown (cheryl.brown[at]uct.ac[dot]za), ATLAS Committee Co-Chairs.

 

TWSIA is now ATLAS! (November 2015)

The TWSIA (Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award) has been part of the Sakai/Apereo community since 2008 when it first called for submissions in innovation in teaching and learning using Sakai. Over the years it has expanded to include other systems such as OAE and more recently Karuta. TWSIA has a global reputation and has selected winners from disciplines as diverse as healthcare, computer science, liberal arts, education, fashion, and more.

The awards committee is excited to announce that we are expanding even further in 2016. After much deliberation we would like to present the new name “ATLAS” (Apereo Teaching and Learning AwardS) to the Apereo Community. We are hoping with this re-envisaging that we will reach a much broader audience in the Apereo community, and welcome applications that demonstrate innovations in teaching and learning using not only Sakai, OAE, and Karuta, but also Xerte and Opencast.

Award Goals

The major goals of the award are to:

  • Promote excellent pedagogy and innovation in teaching and learning
  • Create a community of educators who want to share teaching and learning practices
  • Encourage greater faculty involvement in the Apereo community.

Award entries are evaluated against rubrics and the definition of innovation. Each applicant will submit a description of their innovative teaching method, practice or strategy and indicate the ways in which it addresses the award rubric.

Innovation Defined

The ATLAS (formerly TWSIA) committee defines an innovative course or educational experience as one that, by design, engages and challenges students, resulting in greater student interest, a deeper level of understanding and/or a lasting change in the students' perception of an issue or topic.

The innovative method, practice or strategy used may not be new in the world, but its implementation may be out of the ordinary in your field of practice or new to you. It is more than simply using new technologies; rather it is an approach to teaching and learning that results in a much-enhanced, even transformative, educational experience for students.

Preview Artifact: Sakai Manifesto

The annual SakaiCamp held in Orlando in January produced an unusual artifact this year. The 20+ participants drafted a "Sakai Manifesto" - aka principles and practices which developers follow when improving Sakai.