Provost Teaching Innovation Prize
A program of the UM-Flint Office of Extended Learning, the Office of the Provost, and the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching, supported by the Bruce and Lillian Wright Endowment for Distance Education
Winning Presentations

This annual online teaching award, developed to distinguish and showcase effective, memorable and inspiring student distance learning experiences created by our faculty. The intent also is to recognize the commitment and diligent work of our faculty involved in online and mixed-mode learning and teaching.

This program is not designed for the evaluation of an entire course, but rather for individual lessons or units that might include one or more of the following, or something totally unique and creative!

  • Simulations
  • Animations
  • Tutorials
  • Drill and practice
  • Assessments
  • Survey tools
  • Lectures/presentations
  • Group projects
  • Discussion series
  • Entire course units on a specific topic

The award is open to all UM-Flint faculty. The project or lesson must be utilized more than one semester. Nomination of projects that occurred a second time between January and December 2015 will be considered.

Nomination Information

Nominations from the full range of instructional settings (face-to-face, online and mixed mode) are encouraged.

A panel of faculty selected by the TCLT Advisory Board and Office of Extended Learning Advisory Board will judge nominations.*

All nominations will be assessed on the evidence of the following criteria:

  • Clarity of purpose, distinctive approach to implementation and evaluation
  • Influence on student learning and engagement
  • Promotes/supports equity and inclusiveness of diverse set of student learners.

In comparing the submissions against the criteria, the faculty panel will consider:

  • Evidence of the effectiveness of the project in formal and informal evaluation
  • Degree of creativity, imagination or innovation
  • Evidence of sustained effectiveness of the project.

The application and selection process will involve two steps:

  1. The selection committee will review one-page nominations forms.  Finalists will be invited to submit full applications.
  2. Finalists will submit a 1-2 page narrative and supporting materials that not only describe their innovation but also document the effectiveness of their innovation, such as:
  • examples of teaching materials
  • information about the origin of the innovative idea
  • evidence of impact on student learning and attitudes, including letters of support from students.**

The Faculty Panel will judge the finalists’ submissions and will make recommendations to the Provost, who will make the final decision.

A formal call for nominations was issued December 14, 2015.


Awards will be given as first ($1,000), second ($750), and third ($500) place for each mode of delivery (face-to-face, online and mixed mode courses).

* In 2015, the Office of Extended Learning partnered with the Office of the Provost and the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching to award faculty the Provost Teaching Innovation Prize.

** TCLT Advisory Board and OEL Advisory Board members are eligible to be nominated, but would be recused from the deliberation process.

*** Students submitting letters of support should not be current students of the nominated faculty member.