The Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award is made possible through the generosity of Cengage Learning. This award is presented to one individual who demonstrates excellence in using technology to enhance post-secondary instruction in agriculture. To qualify for the award, a NACTA member must currently be on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching. A committee of NACTA members reviews applications. Criteria included in the evaluation are: nominee’s essay on the integration and use of technology to support effective teaching and learning; a statement about the impact of technology integration on student learning, student motivation, and student creativity; evaluations submitted by current students, alumni, administrative officers, and peers; a self-evaluation including factors such as considerations in technology integration, course outcomes, scholarly activities and professional development specific to technology integration, challenges to technology integration, future plans for technology integration, and recognition/mentorship in technology integration. Recipients receive a plaque and $1,000.00.
- Inclusion of the Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award Checklist at the beginning of the nominee's file.
- Cover letter to the Chair of the Teacher Recognition Committee, which addresses items 3 and 4 below.
- Evidence of an individual NACTA membership for at least five of the past seven years (be sure to address this). Membership will be verified with the NACTA Secretary.
- Evidence that the nominee has been on a full-time appointment involving at least 25% teaching for at least five of the past seven years is required. (A statement by an academic administrative officer will suffice.)
- An essay by the nominee describing the integration and use of technology to support effective teaching and learning in a specific course offered on-campus or via distance education. This must not exceed five typewritten (double-spaced) pages.
- Statement about the impact of technology integration on student learning, student motivation, and student creativity in the classroom.
- Evaluation from three current/former students who are currently enrolled or have completed the technologically enhanced course.
- Evaluation from one academic administrative officer specifically discussing the nominee’s utilization of technology in his/her teaching.
- Evaluation from a peer specifically discussing the nominee’s utilization of technology in his/her teaching.
Samples of course materials reflecting the integration of technology in a specific course (such as excerpts from syllabi, assignments, projects, student portfolios, links to course content, audio or video materials, etc). Limit 3 - 5 pages.
Nominee's resume/vita, limited to 4-pages total.
Considerations in the integration of technology specific to their course,
Outcomes of the technologically enhanced course as compared to other courses delivered using more traditional pedagogy,
Scholarly activities and professional development specific to technology integration,
Challenges that have been encountered specific to technology integration and how they have been addressed,
Future plans for technology integration efforts,
Departmental, college, and university efforts specific to technology integration, and/or mentorship of other faculty members in technology integration.