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To be eligible to apply for an Office for Learning and Teaching award you must be nominated by the University panel.
The Learning Research and Evaluation team within Deakin Learning Futures will provide assistance at every stage of the awards process including; providing a mentor, peer review of your written statement, proof reading, timely advice regarding milestones and deadlines, final document formatting, upload to OLT and general support to make the process as streamlined as possible.
Following is the information that was provided to the 2012 award nominees, you may find it useful in understanding an award application.
Applications may be made across seven categories:
Applications must address four criteria in a ten-page statement accompanied by any two of, up to ten pages of teaching materials, a CD/DVD or showcase website, along with curriculum vitae and references. Statements must be in 11 point font with minimum 2 cm margins. Word counts for applications will generally range from 6500 to 7000 words, depending on the extent to which tables and illustrations are included.
The selection criteria are:
Nominations are assessed against the four selection criteria, taking into account:
Your application comprises:
Evidence to support your claim should combine qualitative and quantitative data. In this Award category evaluative evidence that demonstrates sustained effective performance is critical. Evidence should be put in context wherever possible. For example, when referring to SETU or similar data, include the number of responses and cohort size in the data you report and provide results over a sufficient period to demonstrate sustained achievement and any positive trends.
Solicited and unsolicited student testimonials can be very persuasive when included judiciously but, again, need to be contextualised. Peer recognition of your contribution within and outside Deakin can also help substantiate your claim. This may include adoption of your ideas, professional development and conference invitations; invitations to join teaching and learning committees; awards, grants and fellowships; teaching and learning publications and media coverage.
Careful thought should be given to your choice of referees. A reference from an external expert can substantiate an application. You may find this diagram of evidence sources useful (263 KB).
Your mentor can advise you about the structure of the application, including which criteria you may wish to address, and the type and form of evidence that can be used to support claims.