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USU Innovation in Education Awards 2016
USU Innovation in Education Awards 2016

Abstract Guidelines

Read the accompanying guidelines carefully, then: submit/edit your abstract.

Closing date for abstract submission is Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:55 PM .

USU has many, many highly accomplished educators. The Faculty Senate Education Committee will look beyond the basic qualities of a good educator, to reward those teachers who have a great impact on the education of our students through the use of innovative materials and/or methods.

The top six finalists whose abstracts are pre-selected by the Education Day planning committee will make 10 minute presentations of their Innovative Teaching Method Abstract to all Education Day participants.   Authors whose abstracts are not selected for the top six may be invited to display a poster.

There will be two awards presented this year:

Judge's Selection:  The top abstract selected by a committee of Deans and previous Innovation in Education winners.

Popular Selection:  The top abstract selected by all attendees at this year's Education Day. This will be accomplished using TurningPoint polling devices.

Please Note:  These are not lifetime achievement awards for outstanding teaching; instead, these awards are meant to honor USU educators for their development of innovative teaching method(s) or their innovative use of existing teaching method(s).

Requirements and Procedures:

1.  Any USU faculty member may submit a brief abstract of approximately 500 words before, Monday, May 2 at 11:55 PM.

2.   As you write your abstract, please keep in mind that the selection committee will be evaluating your innovation with these criteria in mind:

  • What is the General Quality of this project?
  • What is the Impact on Student Learning for this project?
  • What is the Impact on the Educational Program for this project?
  • What is the Level of Innovation of this project?

3.   Using the aforementioned criteria for evaluation, the Faculty Senate Education committee will narrow the submission pool to six finalists. These finalists will be notified by May 13, 2016.

4.   During the Education Day program, the six finalists will give 10 minute presentations of their projects to all Education Day participants. Subject to the availability of funds, the Judge's and Popular selection winners may be eligible for a small educational grant to further advance their innovation.

submit/edit your abstract.

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