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XCaliber Award

Recognizing for exceptional, high-caliber contributions to technology-enriched teaching and learning.

 

Nominations Due: January 20, 2017

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), part of the Division of Information Technology. Recipients receive a cash award and a commemorative plaque, and they 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. Finalists and 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 submitted by finalists will be evaluated for level of innovation and impact.

Application Process

The application process consists of two stages:

  1. Nomination – Faculty, students, staff, and administrators may submit a nomination by completing a brief nomination form no later than January 20, 2017. Self-nominations are welcome, as are re-nominations of previously submitted projects that are ongoing.
  2. Finalist Submission – Finalists will be selected from the nominations and then invited to submit a packet to the selection committee. Finalists will be notified by January 27, 2017 and will be asked to submit an application packet no later than February 17, 2017.

2016 Winners

The XCaliber Awards recognized two exceptional contributions to technology-enriched teaching and learning last year:

  • Dr. Eward A. Fox (Computer Science): "Enhanced problem-based learning connecting big data research with classes"
  • Dr. Dennis Kafura (Computer Science): "Introduction to Computational Thinking"

Timeline

Nominations Due: January 20, 2017
Finalist Submission Due: February 17, 2017
Awards Announced: March 2017

 

XCaliber Awards Chair

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


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