Commendations for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning

These awards recognise the diverse range of activities, services and programs that contribute to student learning and engagement at the University of Adelaide. They serve to highlight the important role that staff from all areas of the University have in supporting us to achieve our strategic goals.

Key dates 2022

Information session Thursday 9 June 12.00 - 1.00pm To access the recording and slides from this session, please see the Resources for Applicants page (staff log in required)
Reflective writing workshop Thursday 18 August 10.00 - 12.00pm Register here
Submissions due Monday 10 October by 9.00am Submit the application form, along with your written application and supporting documents via email
Winners notified Early November    
Ceremony & Showcase Thursday 1 December

3.30pm - Showcase

5.30pm - Ceremony

Winners will be invited to present the work from which they were awarded at the Teaching Excellence Showcase, followed by the awards ceremony 

Up to seven (7) Commendations are awarded annually.

Up to five (5) awards will be presented across the Learning and Teaching categories, and up to two (2) awards will be presented in the Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices category.

Both individuals and teams may apply in any category.

 Learning and Teaching categories

  • Innovations in blended and/or online learning
  • Developing graduate employability through work-integrated-learning (WIL)
  • Innovations in assessment and feedback
  • Inclusive learning and teaching approaches
  • Promoting student wellbeing
  • Embedding academic integrity education in curriculum

Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices category

In 2022 the Adelaide Graduate Research School will be sponsoring two awards in this category.

A collection of resources is also available for applicants - including examples of winning submissions.

Resources for Applicants

Submission Guidelines and Application Requirements

Guidelines document as a PDF

  • Selection Criteria

    Learning and Teaching category

    All applications in will be assessed on the extent to which the application shows evidence that the contribution has had a significant impact (typically over at least a two year period) on student learning in the following categories:

    • Innovations in blended and/or online learning
    • Developing graduate employability through work-integrated-learning (WIL)
    • Innovations in assessment and feedback
    • Inclusive learning and teaching approaches
    • Promoting student wellbeing
    • Embedding academic integrity education in curriculum

    Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices category

    Applications in this category will be assessed on their track record of successful HDR candidate outcomes and engagement in high quality supervisory practice over five years or more. 

    Note: Applicants in this category are required to supply a copy of their individual supervision dashboard from the Supervisor Classification and Reporting System (SCRS).

  • Eligibility

    Applications are invited from academic and professional staff, from all Faculties and Divisions of the University. Both individual and team applications are encouraged.

    Applicants may only apply for one Commendation in any year, in any category.

    Applicants who have previously received a Commendation or a Stephen Cole the Elder for Excellence Award are eligible to apply for a Commendation two years after receiving the Commendation or Award.

    Should an applicant apply for both a Commendation and a Stephen Cole Award in the same year, they can only be awarded one prize, and will be removed from contention from the other category.  NOTE:  These award types are quite different so the same application will not be suitable for submission into both schemes.

    Team submissions can only include members with a contribution of 10 per cent or higher. This means that the maximum number of team members is 10. No member of the team should have been awarded a Stephen Cole award or Commendation within the past two years.

  • Application

    Each application for a Commendation should contain:

    1. Application Form
    • Complete all details on the fillable PDF form available on the website
    • Summary - The application form must also include a short summary of the application (maximum 75 words), written in third person. For successful applicants, this summary will be used in promotional material.
    • Endorsement - The completed application must have the endorsement of one of the following: Executive Dean, Dean of Graduate Studies, HDR Convenor, Postgraduate Coordinator, Head of School, Head of Discipline, Faculty Manager, or Line Manager.  Endorsement will be provided via a signature (which can be electronic) on the application form. 
    • Signed declaration from the applicant or the team representative

     

    1. Written statement

    Your entire application must be included in this statement as no optional materials in excess of the three pages will be accepted and passed on to the selection committee. This includes evidence of impact and references to scholarly research which compliments your claims.

     

    1. Individual SCRS supervision dashboard

        Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices’ category only

     

    1. Team Statement of Contribution
    • For team applications only
    • Up to one page outlining each team members name and indication of the percentage contribution of each team member (in order from highest to lowest).
    • This should be followed by a clear explanation of the role of each team member.

    Note that team members are required to have a contribution of 10 per cent or higher, with a maximum of 10 team members.

    2022 Teaching Commendations Application Form

    The completed application must have the endorsement of one of the following:

    • Executive Dean,
    • Dean of Graduate Studies,
    • HDR Convenor,
    • Postgraduate Coordinator,
    • Head of School,
    • Head of Discipline,
    • Faculty Manager,
    • Line Manager

    The application form must also include a short summary of the application (maximum 75 words), written in third person. For successful applicants, this summary will be used in promotional material.

    Written statement

    The written statement is limited to three A4 pages in total (11 point Arial or Calibri, narrow fonts must not be used).

    All evidence must be included in the three pages no appendixes are permitted.

     

    It is the central element of the application as it provides the opportunity for applicants to describe their activities and contributions.  Applicants should ensure the following aspects are included/ considered in their submission:

    • Style – write using a narrative style, ensuring the application follows a logical sequence (problem/ challenge/ claim, solution/ idea, supporting evidence)
    • Impact – provide context, demonstrate your impact using a range of evidence, illustrate how your impact has been sustained (over at least 2 years). Can you demonstrate impact beyond your immediate context?
    • Scholarship - does your application adequately describe the pedagogical/theoretical/scholarly underpinnings of the approach to/ support for learning and teaching/HDR supervision?
    • Reflective practice - not only should you describe the nature of the activities, but demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the impact that the activities have had on student learning and engagement. Can you demonstrate a cycle of reflection and evaluation to support your practice?
  • Evidence

    Applicants must provide evidence in support of their claims against the selection criteria, and will be expected to draw upon a variety of evidence, which may include:

    • Self-assessment, reflection on professional development, and scholarship/publications
    • Student and/or staff feedback (e.g. surveys and evaluations, unsolicited feedback),
    • Student learning (e.g. assessment results, grade distributions, retention and completion data, learning analytics).
    • Peer review (e.g. review of classroom practice, curriculum content, or learning materials, mentoring relationships, review of scholarly contribution and research relating to teaching and learning).
    • eSELTs (ensuring that these are supplied in context, i.e. – benchmarking against others within your school, faculty or the institution.)

     

    Applicants in the Implementing Effective HDR Supervisory Practices category are also encouraged to consider the following sources of evidence, in addition to those listed above:

    • promotion of industry engagement,
    • demonstrated engagement in high quality and innovative research supervision practice,
    • successful and timely HDR completions,
    • any co-publication or production of other research outputs with or by their candidates,
    • the development of HDR candidate’s employability skills and professional networks,
    • positive post-graduation outcomes of candidates, and
    • supporting statements from current and graduated candidates and academic colleagues

    All evidence must be included in the written statement - and included in the three page limit.

  • Selection

    Applications will be assessed by a selection panel, consisting of:

    • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning) - Convenor
    • Director, Education Quality
    • one HDR convenor
    • one Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching)
    • one previous Commendation recipient
  • Notification and Prizes

    In 2022 up to seven (7) Commendations will be awarded.

    Up to five (5) awards will be presented across the Learning and Teaching categories, and up to two (2) awards will be presented in the Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices category.

    Monies will be credited to an internal project code, and all recipients will be presented with a certificate of achievement.

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome in mid-November, 2022. Feedback for unsuccessful applicants will be provided to assist with future applications.

  • Awards Ceremony and Teaching Excellence Showcase

    Successful applicants will be invited to present the work for which they have received the award at the annual Teaching Excellence Showcase which will occur immediately prior to the Teaching Awards Ceremony on Thursday December 3, 2022.

    The Teaching Excellence Showcase is typically held from 3.00pm with the Awards Ceremony commencing from 5.30pm.

    Successful applicants will be strongly encouraged to share their work with others at this event, so are encouraged to allow time in November to prepare either a pre-recorded or live presentation.

Former Recipients
  • 2021 Award Recipients

    Name Area Award category
    Carlos Bartesaghi Koc

    School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE)
    Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Science

    Innovations in blended and/or online learning

    Viythia Katharesan School of Biomedicine / Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology
    Faculty of Health and Medical Science
    Innovations in blended and/or online learning
    Benjamin McCann School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts
    Promoting student wellbeing
    Team: Beyond Climate Anxiety and Pandemic Blues: Using Transformative Learning to
    Foster Student Wellbeing during Times of Crisis  Shoko Yoneyama and Danielle LeMieux
    Dr Shoko Yoneyama - School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Danielle LeMieux - Learning Designer, Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI) Promoting student wellbeing

     

  • 2020 Award Recipients

    Special Commendations - COVID 19 Emergency Teaching Response 

    In 2020 there were no DASE sponsored Commendations due to budgetary restrictions imposed to manage the COVID 19 pandemic emergency response. 

    Instead, Special Commendations were offered to recognise the exceptional work in teaching and learning that academic and professional staff supporting teaching have undertaken in response to the COVID19 pandemic.  

    In recognition of the increased workload imposed by the changes in teaching mode required by the emergency response we have simplified the application process. 

    Awards were made to staff who demonstrated agility, creativity and innovation in responding to the unique learning and teaching context created by the COVID19 pandemic.  

  • 2019 Award Recipients

    Name Area Award category
    Francesco Barbera Business School
    Faculty of the Professions
    Using effective and innovative assessment and feedback practices
    Walter Barbieri School of Education
    Faculty of Arts
    Effective & Innovative use of Learning Technologies
    Lyndsey Collins-Praino, Adelaide Medical School
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Effective & Innovative use of Learning Technologies
    Tak Kee School of Physical Sciences
    Faculty of Sciences
    Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices
    Michelle McArthur School of Animal and Veterinary Science Faculty of Sciences Developing Career-Ready Graduates

     

  • 2018 Award Recipients

    Name Area Award category
    Mark Dodd School of Economics
    Faculty of the Professions
    Effective and innovative use of learning technologies
    Anne Hewitt Adelaide Law School
    Faculty of the Professions
    Supporting and encouraging colleagues in their teaching
    Chelsea Liu Adelaide Business School
    Faculty of the Professions
    Effective and innovative use of learning technologies
    Kerry Wilkinson School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Faculty of Sciences Effective and innovative use of learning technologies
    Rachel Ankeny School of Humanities
    Faculty of Arts
    Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practice
    Susan Hemer School of Social Sciences Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practice