Teaching and technology in spotlight as Laulima Innovation Award nominations open

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Do you know of someone who is innovative in their approach to teaching online classes and strives for excellence and achievement while doing so? They could be a candidate for the Outstanding Laulima Innovation Award.

Nominations for the honor are being accepted through Feb. 22 for any faculty member or instructor who uses online instructional tools in an innovative way to teach an online or hybrid class. Faculty, staff and students may nominate an instructor via a written statement, or faculty can seek the honor themselves by crafting a statement extolling their excellence in using technology in their classrooms.

The Outstanding Teaching Laulima Innovation Award has been previously been given to instructors on the UH West Oʻahu campus and is distinct in focusing on online teaching compared with two other awards given to UH West Oʻahu faculty or librarians for teaching excellence — the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching and the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  

The Laulima Innovation Award for teaching is particularly applicable for the Kapolei campus because UH West Oʻahu has the highest percentage of online courses of any campus in the UH System. Laulima is the online course management and collaboration system that is used across the UH System and is used for online, in-person and hybrid (both in-person and online classes) courses. Faculty and instructors can use Laulima to post class information, lecture notes, manage assignments, as well as communicate with students via bulletin boards, chat sessions and email.

Nominees will be contacted by the Distance Education Award Committee by March 1 and be asked to answer two written questions, provide the committee access to their nominated course, and highlight the innovative technology features of their online or hybrid (classroom and online teaching) course. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate and describe how their course meets or exceeds certain criteria during a campus event for faculty and staff.

The winner of the award will receive a $300 cash prize and a certificate of accomplishment. Past winner, Economics Instructor Dr. Patricia Yu, used the Laulima “hovercam” feature to connect with students and the “document camera” to show step-by-step solution to problems. She also used videos to keep students engaged on microeconomic concepts; created homework assignments using Laulima’s resources function and posted videos to YouTube for students to watch and answer multiple choice and discussion questions.

To nominate someone or get more information, go to: http://bit.ly/LaulimaAward

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