Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Remote Teaching Awards Recipients

Celebrate 20 professors, instructors and teams that demonstrated excellence in teaching, creativity and innovation while teaching remotely.

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Top (left-to-right): Dr. Kristen Burton, Dr. David Vergote and Silvia Sgaramella. Bottom (left-to-right): Dr. Matthew Guzdial, Dr. Laurel Parsons and Professor Kristin Zelyck.

Faculty, instructors and students persevered to teach and study in a remote learning environment once again last academic year. Many members of the U of A community took the opportunity to design classes that students looked forward to attending–even from their own distant locations. 

Twenty of these professors, instructors, and teams from across U of A campuses were selected by the Remote Teaching Awards Adjudication Committee for their dedication, creativity and pedagogical innovations in creating accessible, well-organized and engaging learning environments; efforts to build relationships; and demonstration of compassionate flexibility. The recipients demonstrated imagination in offering instructional tools and assignments digitally which enriched the experience for students by introducing opportunities not available in a formal classroom setting. I commend these individuals and teams for going above and beyond to provide an exceptional remote learning experience.

Below I share short excerpts demonstrating the lengths these professors, instructors, and teams went to in the last academic year. Please join me in thanking them for their outstanding efforts, and congratulating them on this award. 

John Nychka
Vice-Provost (Learning Initiatives)


2021-2022 Remote Teaching Awards

Augustana Campus

Stacy Lorenz

Dr. Lorenz made various formats of instruction and assignments available to students to give them more control of their learning environment, resulting in a deep engagement with course material.

Stephanie Oliver

Dr. Oliver’s unique approach to replicating the in-person experience involved bringing scent into the lessons through topics like aging books and the business of fragrance.

Campus Saint-Jean

David Vergote

Compassion and creativity were cornerstones of Dr. Vergote’s instructional style, including filming videos on-location to depict class concepts and meeting students individually.

Faculty of Arts

Kristen Burton

By effectively using Zoom communication functions and maintaining a digital open door policy, students across Dr. Burton’s courses felt seen and heard.

Lisa Claypool

In addition to adding new course content to represent diverse perspectives, Dr. Claypool used the move to online to incorporate experiential opportunities.

Ben Dyson

Dr. Dyson set up advanced digital applications to demonstrate the courses’ psychology concepts while inviting students to learn through live data.

Hassan Masoud

Dr. Masoud accommodated students’ various learning styles in his courses by adjusting the format and number of assignments–and he handled his share of the increased marking it created.

Laurel Parsons

Students looked forward to attending Dr. Parsons’ virtual classes thanks to her use of engaging course content, such as guest speakers and energizing activities. 

Silvia Sgaramella

Silvia Sgaramella effectively translated the course goal of developing communication into the digital environment by maximizing her use of the functions available in Zoom and eClass.

Lisa Strocschein

While accommodating students in different timezones by teaching asynchronously, Dr. Strohschein ensured the class was still engaging by offering dynamic assignments and course content.

Chloe Taylor

In addition to instructing, Dr. Taylor demonstrated her course content by creating accessible, innovative platforms to teach Critical Disability Studies and other courses. 

Faculty of Engineering

Bryan Rapati

Mr. Rapati led a team that supported the faculty in creating hybrid courses so Engineering students could participate whether they attended in-person or online.

Faculty of Native Studies

Nancy Van Styvendale

Dr. Van Styvendale successfully delivered a community service-learning course remotely and ensured students still received the mentorship and feedback they needed to grow.

Faculty of Nursing

Kristin Zelyck

Professor Zelyck encouraged students to use a growth mindset, and did so herself by trying new formats from video to podcasts to present course content.

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Ava Chow

Dr. Chow gamified her courses to make the technical anatomy content she was teaching interesting and easier to learn. 

Instructors from the Department of Pediatrics (incl. Dr. Elizabeth Rosolowsky) and Department of Medicine, MED 513: Endocrinology and Metabolism

The instructors, administrative staff and students involved in this course collectively took advantage of making the most of their digital time together by participating in activities that are challenging in-person due to the large class size. 

Faculty of Science

Ronald Batallas, Dr. Maya Evenden and Victor Shegelski, ENT 220: Insect Biology

The teaching team offered such creative and interactive learning activities and assignments that some have been integrated into subsequent semesters. 

Dr. Jillian Buriak and Dr. Jason Cooke, CHEM 333: Inorganic Materials Chemistry

This instructional team focussed on mental and physical health in the online lecture components and in-person lab sessions, respectively, ensuring both were safe and welcoming.

Kyle Foster

Responsible for multiple courses last year, Mr. Foster designed interactive class activities that made concepts tangible and encouraged participation with the content and other students. 

Matthew Guzdial

Dr. Guzdial was incredibly responsive while teaching remotely, using platforms like Discord to make up for the loss of in-person touchpoints.

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The COVID-19 Remote Teaching Awards recognize instructors who have done an exceptional job of transitioning to remote teaching. Selections were made by the 2021-2022 COVID-19 Remote Teaching Awards Adjudication Committee.