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2012 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award Winners


The 2012 TWSIA Winners

The intent of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA)  is to recognize excellence in teaching and learning. Since the first call for submissions in 2008, educators from institutions around the world have submitted their entries in the annual competition. This year, we received entries from those using the Sakai CLE and also those pioneering the Sakai OAE (Open Academic Environment) platforms. The 2012 winners submitted their applications January-March 2012.  A team of 10 judges reviewed all the entries and selected the top five winners which exemplified excellence and innovation in their category.  These entries represent courses in both face-to-face and fully online delivery modes. Winners were also announced in the category of portfolio use and "other" site use.  In addition, four Honorable Mentions were singled out by the committee as each representing excellence in design and delivery. Each of the five TWSIA winners is different, yet all of them have one thing in common--a true love of teaching and a desire for their students to be successful.


Jaclyn Schildkraut, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas (Higher Education: Face-to-Face)
Criminal Theory and Victimization (34 students)

Javier Sempere, Valencian Internacional University, Valencia, SPAIN (Higher Education: Fully Online)
ICT in Education (87 students)

Daryl O'Hare, Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska (Higher Education: Fully Online)
English Composition I (~90 students)

Teggin Summers, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia (Portfolio)
First Year Experience: Pathways to Success (~2,000 students)

Jamie Baker, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions, Houston, Texas(Other Project Site)
CSI-Case Study Investigation - Interdisciplinary Study in a Comprehensive Cancer Care Clinic (~120 participants)


In addition to our winners above, there were also several submissions that were of such quality that they deserve Honorable Mention status.

Susanna Horng, NYU, New York, New York, (Higher Education: Face-to-Face)
My Year with Atlas: Writing I and II

Maite Ferrer, Valencian Internacional University, Valencia, SPAIN (Higher Education: Fully Online)
Master in Music Performance & Research

John Gosney, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana (Portfolio)
American Supernatural Portfolios

Rosa M. Hervás, University of Murcia, Murcia, SPAIN (Other Project Site)
Masters Degree in Education and Museums

The winners will be presenting their award-winning courses at the 1st JointJasig/Sakai conference in Atlanta, Georgia June 10-14, 2012.  You may track their presentation times and dates via the session schedule

Innovation Defined

The TWSIA committee defines an innovative course or educational experience as one that, by design, engages and challenges students, resulting in greater student interest, a deeper level of understanding and/or a lasting change in the students' perception of an issue or topic.

The innovative method, practice or strategy used may not be new in the world, but its implementation may be out of the ordinary in the discipline's field of practice or new to the faculty member. It is more than simply using new technologies; rather it is an approach to teaching and learning that results in a much-enhanced, even transformative, educational experience for students.

Award Goals

The major goals of the award are:

  • To promote excellent pedagogy and innovation in teaching and learning
  • To create a community of educators who want to share teaching and learning practices
  • To encourage greater faculty involvement in the Sakai community

Award entries are evaluated against rubrics and the definition of innovation. Information on previous winners is also available on this site. Click on the year you wish to review in the left navigation bar.


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The award includes payment for the winners to attend the conference and present their winning entries.  Without this payment, many of our winners would be unable to attend. These prizes would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: rSmart and Wiley.  These two companies have been strong supporters of teaching and learning every year since the first award.  Please join us in thanking them and be sure to attend the award ceremony at the June conference on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. 

For more information about the TWSIA competition and award, go to the OpenEd Practices site.