Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning

About the Award

Established in 2012, the Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, sponsored by D2L (Desire2Learn), celebrates and recognizes up to five post-secondary educators each year for their innovative approaches that promote student-centred teaching and learning.

Award recipients receive the following:

1) $1,200 for registration and travel to attend the Brightspace FUSION annual conference held in Las Vegas.

2) $1,000 for registration and travel to attend STLHE’s Annual Conference

3) Two year membership in STLHE

Eligibility and Criteria

The Brightspace Innovation Award is open to all instructors currently teaching at a post-secondary institution, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment. Unique among the STLHE awards is that the Brightspace award is international and open to applicants from all countries; however, applications will only be accepted in French or English. Candidates do not need to be members of STLHE to apply.

Please note that the Brightspace Innovation Award is for individual achievement. Teams of instructors will not be considered. STLHE encourages team-based teaching and learning approaches and initiatives through the Alan Blizzard Award.

Applications are invited from individuals with a demonstrable record of innovation(s) in areas including pedagogical approaches, teaching methods, course design, curriculum development, assessment methods, and various tools or technologies that enhance learning and have had a significant impact on post-secondary education.

Call for Applications/Deadline

STLHE and Brightspace  invite submissions for the 2017 Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning.

The deadline to submit an application package is Sunday, 12 February 2017, 11:59 pm EST to the URL:

2017 Brightspace Innovation Award – Call For Nominations Poster

2017 Brightspace Innovation Award – Application Form

More about D2L

D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company’s cloud-based platform is easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, companies 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 companies can take action in real-time to keep employees 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 

Previous Award Recipients

For quick reference, award recipients’ names are listed below by year. For detailed information about each recipient please view award recipients by year via the navigation menu at the left.

Carol Hulls
Continuing Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
University of Waterloo

David Hutchison
Professor, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Humanities
Brock University

Jason Pearson
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Prince Edward Island

Peter Sankoff
Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Alberta

Matthew Schnurr
Associate Professor, Department of International Development Studies
Dalhousie University

Professor Peggy Hartwick
Instructor, School of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies
Carleton University

Professor John Kleefeld
Assistant Professor, College of Law
University of Saskatchewan

Professor Veronika Mogyorody
Academic Architectural Advisor, Visual Arts and the Built Environment
University of Windsor

Professor Diane Reddy
Professor, Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professor Aleksandra Zecevic
Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences
Western University

Dr. Christopher Buddle
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences
McGill University

Dr. Brent Mainprize
Teaching Professor, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria

Dr. Marco Pollanen
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Trent University

Dr. Elaine Khoo
Senior Lecturer, English Language Development Centre
University of Toronto

Dr. Ken Van Rees
Professor, Department of Soil Science
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Sandra Bassendowski
Professor, Nursing
University of Saskatchewan

Shawn Graham
Assistant Professor, History
Carleton University

Jacqueline Murray
Director, First-Year Seminar Program
University of Guelph

Dr. Trent Tucker
Anne Lockie and Frederic Promoli Professor, Transformational Learning
University of Guelph

Ellen Zweibel
Professor, Law
University of Ottawa

Tetyana Antimirova
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Ryerson University

Alison Flynn
Science Lecturer, Department of Chemistry
University of Ottawa

Joe Shapter
Dean, Flinders University
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Robert Sproule
Lecturer, School of Accounting and Finance
University of Waterloo

Jay Wilson
Assistant Professor, College of Education
University of Saskatchewan



For enquiries regarding the Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, please contact Patrick Lyons .
Brightspace Innovation Award Coordinator.

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