2015 Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning Winners

Photos of the 2015 Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning Winners
Peggy Hartwick, John Kleefeld, Veronika Mogyorody, Diane Reddy, Alexsandra Zecevic

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and  D2L are thrilled to announce the five outstanding  post-secondary educators who have been named winners of the 2015 Brightspace  Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning:

  • Peggy Hartwick, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University;
  • John Kleefeld, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan;
  • Veronika Mogyorody, Visual Arts and the Built Environment, University  of Windsor;
  • Diane Reddy, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and
  • Aleksandra Zecevic, School of Health Sciences, Western University

Each year, the international Brightspace  Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning identifies and celebrates innovative,  thought provoking, and impactful teaching and learning practices by passionate post-secondary educators.

“D2L champions innovators in education and is delighted to see what these five leaders have done with teaching and engaging learners,” said John Baker, President and CEO of D2L. “They
have demonstrated leadership, creativity and a passion for student-centred teaching and learning approaches and their work has been key to helping learners achieve success.”

This year’s innovations featured a wide range of approaches that were both technological and pedagogical. From transforming how students learn English through immersion in a 3D virtual world, to self-paced, personalized and authentic online learning in psychology, and the holistic
integration of simulations, authentic assessments and creativity into experiential  learning in law, these outstanding educators have consistently demonstrated a passion for embracing inventiveness in their student-centered teaching.

“These five educators brilliantly showcase how creativity and innovation can provide deep and impactful learning to learners,” says STLHE President Robert Lapp. “Peggy, John, Veronika, Diane, and Aleksandra are shinning examples of the student-centered values that both STLHE and D2L encourage, support, and develop.”

A diverse group of 10 highly experienced post-secondary educators selected the winners, who will be recognized at the 2015 STLHE Annual Conference, June 16–19 in Vancouver, and at
Fusion, the Brightspace Global Conference, June 22–26 in Orlando, Fla.

Each of the five winners will receive a two-year membership in STLHE as well as $2,200 toward travel and registration costs for both STLHE’s Annual Conference and Fusion.

Find out more about the individual award winners here.


About The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)
STLHE strives to be the pre-eminent national voice and a world leader for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. STLHE supports research, its dissemination, increased awareness and application of research through scholarly teaching and learning. Visit www.stlhe.ca for more information.

About D2L
D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company’s cloud-based platform—Brightspace—is not a common one-size-fits-all learning management system (LMS). It’s easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, you can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that you can take action in real-time to keep them on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K–12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. Visit www.brightspace.com for more information.

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