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Recognizing exceptional, high-caliber contributions to technology-enriched teaching and learning.
Applications Due: February 26, 2018

Background

Established in 1996 by the Office of the Provost, the XCaliber Award (shorthand for exceptional, high-caliber contributions to technology-enriched learning activities) is presented annually by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), a unit of the Division of Information Technology. Recipients receive a cash award and a commemorative plaque and are invited to showcase their award-winning activities at a special event.

Award Criteria

The XCaliber Award celebrates courses and significant projects that demonstrate exemplary use of technology and student-centered pedagogy resulting in high-impact student learning. Such courses and projects typically involve:

  • Teaching practices that exhibit innovation, engagement, and reflection and foster students’ higher order thinking skills and 21st century skills (such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving)
  • Learning environments that are technology-rich, student-centered, active, and authentic.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Courses and projects led by faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and teams (faculty, staff, students) are eligible for nomination. Winners will be selected by the XCaliber Award committee. To be considered, the course (or significant course project) must demonstrate exemplary use of technology and student-centered pedagogy resulting in high-impact student learning. Applications will be evaluated for level of innovation and impact.

Application Process

To apply for the XCaliber Award, the individual faculty member or team leader should complete the nomination packet and submit it to tlos@vt.edu no later than February 26, 2018. Questions about the application process can be directed to the same email address. Winners will be notified in early March.

Previous Recipients

2017
  • Edward J.K. Gitre: World War II: A Global History (Individual Award)
  • Clifford A. Shaffer: Data Structures and Algorithms (Individual Award)
2016
  • Edward A. Fox, project lead: Enhanced Problem-Based Learning Connecting Big Data Research with Classes (Group Award)
  • Dennis Kafura, project lead: Introduction to Computational Thinking (Group Award)
2015
  • Kathleen Hancock: GIS Applications in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Individual Award)
  • Marlene Preston and Brandi Quesenberry: Design and Assessment of Virtual Public Speaking: Incorporating Presentation Technologies to Enhance Learning (Group Award)
  • Jennifer Sano-Franchini: Issues in Professional and Pubic Discourse: Feminism and Interaction Design (Individual Award)

XCaliber Awards Chair

Dale Pike
Executive Director and Associate Provost
Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies
dalepike@vt.edu
540-231-7108