Submission Deadline: February 5, 2018 – 6 PM (EST)
Awards will be announced by April 23, 2018
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (the “Institute”) invites educators to submit exemplary courses for a newly created Curriculum Innovation Award. To prepare future planners to solve economic, social, and environmental challenges facing communities world-wide, the award seeks courses that:
- Incorporate innovative design of learning experiences to sustain learner engagement, foster creative applications of policies, tools, and practices and encourage different ways for learners to express and demonstrate their knowledge and skills;
- Integrate expertise from multiple disciplines, connect theory and research to practice, and incorporate insights from professionals in the field to fill essential knowledge and skills gaps and inspire new ways of thinking; and
- Have been taught with measurable student success and have gathered and used student feedback and data about course implementation to make improvements to course design and teaching practice.
The award also honors excellence in teaching and design of learning experiences that are accessible, engaging, and effective for all students.
Three courses will be selected and each will receive $10,000. Award recipients agree to collaborate with the Institute to publish the course in the Institute’s digital library. Courses will be highlighted as exemplars and contribute to expanding learning resources that are freely available to anyone.
The topical areas of the curriculum innovation award are structured to reflect the Lincoln
Institute’s four key issues: land value capture and the property tax, informality and urban poverty, climate change, and municipal fiscal health. You can learn more about the key issues on the Institute’s website: http://www.lincolninst.edu/key-issues
Removing Barriers to Learning
One of the biggest learning challenges in education is motivating and sustaining learner engagement. Learning happens when the learner is paying attention and actively making connections between new knowledge and background knowledge. The learners’ emotion helps them filter and prioritize what information is important. In designing learning experiences, there are three factors that are essential to motivate and sustain learner engagement:
- Setting clear learning goals;
- Recruiting interest and offering autonomy by providing multiple pathways to achieve learning goals; and
- Productive struggles (creating learning experiences that are not so easy that learners get bored and not so difficult that learners give up).
Course submissions should incorporate all three factors and explain how they create learning experiences that are accessible, engaging, and effective for a wide range of learners.
Please submit the following materials as a single PDF file to be considered for the Curriculum Innovation Award:
- A cover page that includes Information about the applicant(s)
- Institution Name, Department(s) or Program(s)
- Phone number
- Email address
- 150 words bio of the proposer
Information about the Course
- Topic and subtopics
- Learning goals
- Primary audience
- Prerequisite knowledge
- Brief summary of learning objectives, materials, instructional methods, and assessments (up to 750 words)
- Statement of how course fits into a broader program of study (up to 500 words)
- Explanation of your innovative approach and how it removes barriers to learning and how the goals and topics of the course are aligned with the Institute’s key issues (up to 750 words)
- Academic year(s) in which it was offered
- Syllabus and schedule with the following:
- Learning goals that emphasize expected outcomes of the course.
- Learning objectives for each unit or module that serve as concrete, measurable steps that will lead students toward achieving learning goals.
- Materials – required and optional supplementary resources intended to prepare students for the topic of each unit or module (e.g. readings, cases, links to multimedia – videos, animations, website...etc)
- Instructional methods – exercises or activities to support knowledge acquisition and skill development.
- Assessment – how instructor measures students’ skills, understanding, and
gauge students level of engagement.
- Provide detailed information on three exemplary units or modules in the course that showcase your creative and effective use of instructional methods, materials and assessments to address barriers to learning and achieve learning objectives (e.g. power point presentations, lecture notes, discussion guides, interactive activities).
- Provide two letters of support from program administrators, collaborators, or students to demonstrate innovation and outcomes.