Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University

Learning Innovation Unit

President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching:
What is Teaching Excellence?

The President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognise and reward excellence in teaching and facilitating learning in DCU.

It is not possible to offer a definitive definition of 'Teaching Excellence'. However, for the purpose of these awards, the LIU offers the following as a guide to the type of activities and qualities, that where appropriate, might contribute to Teaching Excellence and the support of Teaching Excellence:

  • Use of methods that help students to develop as independent, critical thinkers.
  • Approaches that stimulate creativity in students.
  • Effective use of technology to enhance learning.
  • Empathy, respect and support of students and the diversity that they bring.
  • Confidence, enthusiasm and passion in the delivery of his/her subject area.
  • A reflective approach to teaching/learning.
  • Innovation in planning and design.
  • Use of contemporary theory and practices relevant to the discipline area.
  • Use of creative formative assessment (assessment during the course of the semester, that may or may not contribute to a student's overall mark for a module) in order to gauge the level of learning and adjustment of teaching on the basis of student feedback and results.
  • Practice of offering students feedback on assessment outcomes that enhances learning and highlights areas for improvement.
  • Evaluation of practice that improves and enhances the learning experience.
  • Research activities that enhance the teaching and learning experiences of students and colleagues.
  • An understanding of students and their needs.

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