History of TWSI Awards

The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award was an award given by the Sakai Foundation in the years 2008-2015. The award publicly honored successful pedagogical innovation and best practices in teaching and learning in a Sakai environment. The award was superseded by the ATLAS awards in 2016. 

Please see the Apereo Dolphin Awards and Fellows page for current information on our volunteer recognition programs.


Wildlife Statistics Course
Lucy Tallents (Post-doctoral Research Officer) University of Oxford
Category: Higher Ed Online/Hybrid

Introduction to Psychology Using Gamification for Student Engagement
Alexander Nagurney (Instructor), University of Hawaii at Hilo; Patrick Smith (Instructional Designer) Texas State University
Category: Higher Education Face to Face

The Sakai Small World project
Juan Felipe Gómez Nicholls, (formerly LATAM Regional Representative, Asahi Net International), Diego del Blanco Orobitg of SCRIBA; Colegio Mas Camarena, Spain and Colegio Arrayanes, Colombia

The Population Health course
Catherine Ling (Assistant Professor) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Daniel K Inouye Graduate School of Nursing
Category: Higher Education Online/Hybrid


Spanish Reading & Composition
Shannon Hahn, Durham Technical Community College
Category: Higher Ed Online/Hybrid

the FOLD
Melissa Halvorson, Marist College
Higher Ed Face to Face

the FOLD
Josh Baron (Senior Academic Technology Officer), Melissa Halvorson (Adjunct Professional Lecturer), Marist College
Projects and Other Uses

Pre-Health Professions Program at Wake Forest University
Pat Lord (Director of the Health Professions Program), Jolie Tingen (Instructional Technology Analyst), Wake Forest University


Introduction to Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam
Arie Den Boon 
Higher Education: Fully Online and Hybrid Courses

Advanced Research Design from the University of Cape Town
Cheryl Brown and Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams 
Higher Education: Fully Online and Hybrid Courses

Project Software Engineering, BSc Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam
Alan Berg, Tim Bloeme, Hans Dekkers
Project Sites and Other Uses of Sakai


Use of ePortfolios in First Year Experiences Pathways to Success
Teggin Summers, Virgina Tech's Office of Learning Technologies

English 135: Composition I
Daryl O’Hare, Chadron State College
Online/hybrid category

Interdiciplinary Study in A Comprehensive Cancer Care Clinic
Jamie Baker, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Other Projects Site

Criminal Theory and Victimization
Jaclyn Schildkraut, Texas State University
Higher Education Face-to-Face

ICT in Education
Javier Sempere
Valencian Internacional
Higher Education: Fully Online/Hybrid

Honorable Mention 2012

My Year with Atlas: Writing I and II
Susanna Horng, NYU, New York, New York
Higher Education: Face-to-Face

Master in Music Performance & Research
Maite Ferrer, Valencian Internacional University, Valencia, SPAIN
Higher Education: Fully Online

American Supernatural Portfolios
John Gosney, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana

Masters Degree in Education and Museums
Rosa M. Hervás, University of Murcia, Murcia, SPAIN
Other Project Site


World Geography - Down to Earth Digital Learning
Niem Huynh, Texas State - San Marcos, US
Higher Education: Face to Face

eTutoring and eLearning Course Design
Shirley Bennett, University of Hull, UK
Higher Education: Distance Education or Hybrid Course

How to put the "e" in Teaching and Learning
Kelly Pickering, TAFE - North Sydney Institute, Austrailia
Non-Traditional/Non-Course Sites


Juvenile Justice Course
Dr. Scott Bowman, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University
First Place

Transitions in Middle Schooling
Sally Knipe, Charles Sturt University
Second Place

Scholar Wiki Tool - Community of Student Scholars
Karen Swenson, Virginia Tech
Honorable Mention

Computational Technologies in Educational Ecosystems
Joshua Danish, Indiana University
Honorable Mention


Introduction To Forensic Science
Andrea Crampton, Charles Sturt University
First Place

Germany and the World Wars, 1870-1990
Edith Sheffer, Stanford University
Second Place

Design Reflective and Interactive eLearning: Online Professional Development in Sakai
Cherry Stewart, University of New England, Australia
Honorable Mention

Spring 2008 Public Relations Case Studies; Fall 2008 Communication Capstone
Mark Van Dyke, Marist College
Honorable Mention

2008  - First Year of Teaching With Sakai Innovation Awards (TWSIA)/ Cosponsored by IBM

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Innovative Design
Dr. Aileen Y Huang-Saad, University of Michigan
First Place

International Law
Salim Nakhjavani, University of Capetown, South Africa
Second Place

Web Design Portal
Dr. Fred T. Hofstetter, University of Delaware
Honorable Mention

Advanced Placement English Literature and Language
Michael Burns, Minisink Valley Central School District, New York, USA
Honorable Mention