2021 SIDLIT Awards

Colleague 2 Colleague awards

The Colleague to Colleague (C2C) Awards are presented annually at the Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT).

Many of us know awesome individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to improve our courses, programs, classrooms, and our students’ overall learning experience, and all too often their efforts receive minimal recognition. This is your chance to change that!  Have a great innovative teacher or technology leader or support specialist? Know an outstanding online course you’d like to highlight? Nominate them for one of Colleague 2 Colleague’s annual awards detailed below.

Nominees’ names are anonymized, and the reviewers review the nominations based on a rubric of standards from the award criteria.  

The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2021.

The winner in each category will receive an engraved trophy (pictured above) as well as the opportunity to be featured in a short interview video to be played during the conference as well as permanently viewable on the SIDLIT Facebook page.

New Awards for 2021: In the many nominations we received in the past for the category of Outstanding Technical Support, we’ve noticed that both online Support Specialists and Instructional Designers were often included together in the nomination category. To recognize the unique characteristics of these two important professionals, we have decided to add a new category of ‘Outstanding Instructional Designer’ while retaining the ‘Outstanding Technical Support Award’ as well. The new category will allow more individuals to be recognized by their colleagues by their specific role and function.

Additionally starting in 2021, we will be giving ‘Honorable Mention’ awards to all nominees in all categories. Each nominee you submit will receive an ‘Honorable Mention’ printed certificate in the mail, as well as their name and category being posted during the Awards Ceremony during the virtual conference.

Thank you! We value your nominations.

Innovation in Teaching Award

The criteria for this award are a faculty member who best incorporates creative and innovative teaching strategies in their courses.

  • Creates student-focused, learning-oriented innovations in technology to facilitate learning.
  • Demonstrates best practices in online course design including innovative strategies that actively engage students.
  • Actively pursues avenues for personal continuous improvement to facilitate the uses of technology in online learning.

The Jonathan Bacon Outstanding Leadership Award

The criteria for this award are a person who has “pushed the envelope” at any level in support of instructional technology.

  • Sets organizational direction or climate to create an innovative, technology-based student-centered learning oriented climate.
  • Encourages or uses key comparative data and information to track student learning to support operational and strategic decision making for learning innovation.
  • Promotes diverse ideas among faculty and students to enhance a culture of technology usage.
  • Stays up to date on learning technology innovation and promotes funding streams to support growth to improve student learning.

Outstanding Technical Support Staff Award

The criteria for this award are a support person who best exemplifies customer service and outstanding performance in assisting faculty and students with operational and technical support in the delivery of distance learning.

  • Is strongly customer service oriented for faculty and students when solving technical issues.
  • Creates an environment of listening to determine the faculty and student needs and issues when troubleshooting the delivery of online courseware.
  • Exhibits strong analysis and problem-solving skills and a positive ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of educational technology.
  • Actively seeks input into the support process to improve the use of instructional technology.

Outstanding Instructional Designer Award

This is a new Category for 2021:
The criteria for this award are for a support person who best exemplifies using instructional design methods and outstanding performance in assisting faculty with the use of technology in instruction and developing distance course content.

  • Effectively creates an environment of listening to determine the student and faculty needs and requirements for course design.
  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of various instructional pedagogies.
  • Actively seeks input into the support process to improve the use of instructional technology.

Outstanding Online Course Award

The criteria for this award are demonstrated online course design that incorporates the following elements:

  • Promotes active student learning using innovative engagement techniques.
  • Demonstrates best practices in usability (UX/UI), Accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning.
  • Incorporates multiple learning modalities (eg., video, audio, images, animations, text, etc.)
  • Prescribes to national standards in course design (eg, Quality Matters, CSU Chico, etc.)
  • Utilizes an instructional design framework that addresses the stated learning objectives.

The five awards will be presented at the Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT).  The actual physical awards will be sent out in August to the recipients’ work (or preferred) addresses.

Questions about Awards may be sent to Gregory Rose at g.rose@umkc.edu.

General questions about SIDLIT 2021 may be sent to C2C Chair April Robbs or Vice Chair Dennis Peirce. We look forward to your nominations!