BU Learn from Anywhere Awards

Learn from Anywhere Creativity and Spirit Awards 2020-21

The move to remote teaching in March 2020 and the transition to the Learn from Anywhere (LfA) framework in September 2020, has been an extraordinary time for Boston University faculty, staff, and students. Our faculty had to adapt to challenging new teaching modalities and methodologies, while also dealing with unfamiliar technologies and many students who were under stress. Yet, despite all these challenges, several saw an opportunity to try something new and serve our students by making creative use of the new constraints and taking advantage of the new possibilities of remote and hybrid LfA teaching.

Our faculty’s efforts were assisted and supported by faculty coaches and classroom moderators, many of whom went above and beyond in helping make sure that faculty would be well prepared and that class sessions would run smoothly.

Overview

In recognition of the creativity and resilient spirit exhibited by BU faculty, graduate student instructors, faculty coaches, and student classroom moderators during the LfA experience, Digital Learning & Innovation is proudly sponsoring Learn from Anywhere Creativity & Spirit Awards for the academic year 2020-21.

The Learn from Anywhere Creativity & Spirit Awards, managed by the Center for Teaching & Learning, will acknowledge outstanding contributions during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

Nominations will be accepted in two rounds:

  • The deadline for Fall 2020 nominations is 5pm on Friday, January 22, 2021.
  • The deadline for Spring 2021 nominations is 5pm on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Awards announcement: DL&I’s Spring 2021 Faculty Forum virtual conference  on Monday, May 10, 2021

Although we will review applications for the Fall 2020 semester in January-February, we will not make decisions about the awards until the applications for the Spring 2021 semester have closed. Learn more via the FAQ below.

Categories include:

LfA Awards Categories

Nomination Forms

Self-Nomination: LfA Teaching Awards

Who Should Use This Form? Full-and part-time instructors and graduate student instructors interested in nominating themselves under this category.

Purpose: Recognizing teaching that has made a significant positive impact on the learning experiences of BU’s students by exhibiting creativity in leveraging the new possibilities and/or resourcefulness in overcoming the constraints of a fully remote or hybrid LfA class in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

(Fully) Remote Teaching LfA Award

  • One award of $2000 will be made at the faculty level (full-time or part-time instructors)
  • One award of $2000 will be made at the graduate student level (as instructors of record)

Hybrid Teaching LfA Award

  • One award of $2000 will be made at the faculty level (full-time or part-time instructors)
  • One award of $2000 will be made at the graduate student level (as instructors of record)

Nominate an Instructor: LfA Teaching Awards

Who Should Use This Form? Anyone in the BU community—faculty, graduate students, staff, administrators, and/or students—interested in nominating full-and part-time instructors and graduate student instructors for an LfA Teaching Award.

Purpose: Recognizing teaching that has made a significant positive impact on the learning experiences of BU’s students by exhibiting creativity in leveraging the new possibilities and/or resourcefulness in overcoming the constraints of a fully remote or hybrid LfA class in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

Note: Upon receipt of this nomination, the Awards Committee will reach out to your nominee on your behalf and ask them if they would like to submit a self-nomination application. Please give your nominee plenty of time to prepare their application by submitting your nomination as early as you can before the deadline.

Faculty Coaches

Who should use this form? Instructors (full-time, part-time, or graduate student instructors), staff, or administrators who have worked closely with the faculty coach/es and observed their work.

Purpose: Recognizing Faculty Coach contributions that made a significant impact on the teaching experiences of colleagues in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

Two awards of $1000 each will be made to recognize outstanding contributions by faculty coaches

Student Classroom Moderator Category

Who should use this form? Instructors (full-time, part-time, or graduate student instructors) or staff who have worked closely with the moderator and observed him/her/them in the classroom.

Purpose: Recognizing Student Classroom Moderator contributions that made a significant impact on teaching and learning experiences during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

Two awards of $500 each will be made to recognize outstanding contributions by student moderators

Nomination Process FAQ

When do I need to submit my application?

Applications will be accepted in two rounds:

The deadline for Fall 2020 applications is 5pm on Friday, January 22.

The deadline for Spring 2021 applications is 5pm on Monday, April 12.

Please note: If you are submitting a preliminary nomination (see forms below) for an Instructor award (full-time or part-time instructor or graduate student instructor), the committee will need to reach out to that individual to ask them to complete the self-nomination form. Please give your nominee plenty of time to prepare their application by submitting your nomination as early as you can before the listed deadlines.

Why are there two deadlines for applications?

We have set these two rounds of deadlines so we can manage the process in time to review the applications before the awards are announced at CTL’s Annual Education Innovation Conference on Friday, April 30, 2021. It also makes it easier for those who taught in Fall 2020 to complete nominations before the start of the Spring 2021 semester, or for others who are nominating faculty coaches or student moderators to complete the applications while the semester is fresh in their minds.

Although we will review applications for the Fall 2020 semester in January-February, we will not make decisions about the awards until the applications for the Spring 2021 semester have closed.

Can I nominate myself?

It depends on the category of the award:

You may nominate yourself in the teaching award categories for instructors and graduate students (for remote or hybrid modalities).

Students, faculty, administrators, and staff may also put in a preliminary nomination for instructors and graduate students for the teaching awards – we will then reach out to those individuals to ask them if they wish to complete the award application.

In the faculty coach and student classroom moderator categories: we are not accepting self-nominations in these categories; instead, we are looking for nominations from folks who are familiar with the contributions made by individuals or teams (in the case of the faculty coaches).

I am a student in a current class; may I nominate my instructor?

Yes, you may nominate your instructor, but please do not inform your instructor of your submission while he/she/they are still teaching you. The committee will reach out to the instructor on your behalf to ask them if they would like to submit an application. If the instructor wishes to know who submitted the preliminary nomination, they can reach out to us after the end of the spring semester.

Are the awards only for individuals?

While we prefer individual nominations, we are open to teams (two or more people) being nominated for all award categories except for the student moderators.

Please be aware, though, that the award money for the specific category will be shared by the team; that is, a $2000 teaching award would be shared amongst the team members who apply; similarly, a $1000 faculty coach award would be shared amongst team members who are nominated as a group.

Where can I find the nomination forms?

See above.

What are the criteria for the teaching awards?

The nominations for the teaching awards (for instructors and graduate students) will be evaluated on how nominees positively impacted the learning experiences of students through creativity in leveraging the new possibilities and/or resourcefulness in overcoming the constraints of a fully remote or hybrid LfA class. The nomination form will guide you through the questions to complete, but you should be thinking about the following as you prepare your application:

What was or is different in your teaching strategy in this LfA mode (remote or hybrid) compared to your typical class?

How did you leverage the new possibilities of LfA in a creative way?

How did you overcome the constraints of LfA in a resourceful way?

How did the actions described in the previous questions enable students to be successful in the class, in relation to content, “classroom” experience, and/or connection to each other?

What materials do I need to submit for the teaching award?

As well as completing the online form, you may submit additional (optional) materials such as the course syllabus, assignment guidelines, and anonymized student work examples. We will not be looking at student evaluations of teaching (SETs) for these awards, as SETs will not have been completed for the Spring classes by the time applications close.

What are the criteria for the faculty coach awards?

These nominations will be evaluated on the exemplary contribution of the faculty coach in these areas:

The faculty coach’s contribution to training that supported department or unit

The faculty coach’s contribution to resources that supported department or unit

The faculty coach’s contribution to supporting individual faculty (meetings; office hours; technology tips etc.)

The faculty coach’s level of communication with faculty in department or unit

If I wish to nominate a faculty coach, what materials do I need to submit?

There is a short online form to complete, which includes several questions and a written statement of 350-500 words to address the criteria for the award. The form will also allow you to upload additional supporting materials if you wish.

What are the criteria for the student classroom moderator awards?

These nominations will be evaluated on the exemplary contribution of the student moderator in these areas:

The moderator’s contribution to the smooth running of the class

The moderator’s facility with technology (and ability to trouble-shoot as needed)

The ease of communication between instructor and moderator

If I wish to nominate a student classroom moderator, what materials do I need to submit?

There is a short online form to complete, which includes several questions and a written statement of 350-500 words to address the criteria for the award.

How will the nominations be evaluated?

Each nomination will be evaluated based on a rubric related to the award criteria by the LfA Creativity and Spirit Awards Committee, which will be comprised of members of the Online and Remote Working Group, the Undergraduate Programs Working Group, and the Graduate and Professional Programs Working Group.

When will I find out if I have received an award?

Award recipients will be notified by Monday, April 26. The announcements of the awards will be made at the Center for Teaching & Learning Annual Education Innovation Conference on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Questions?

Please reach out to the Center for Teaching & Learning at ctl@bu.edu with LfA Creativity and Sprit Awards in the subject line.