Writing a Compelling Narrative

About this Session

In this third session of the Dziuban Award Workshop Series, Professors Reyes-Foster and Janowsky address how online faculty can create the most compelling explanation of how their online course is pedagogically exceptional.  This narrative will be a central document in submissions for the 2018 Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Each session in the Dziuban Award Workshop Series is designed to assist eligible faculty in preparing a strong award submission packet.

Session Highlights

The winner of the Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching will demonstrate excellence in online teaching pedagogy. The Dziuban Award faculty review committee will be looking for a compelling narrative in award proposals in which online faculty make clear how their teaching is exemplary. Some practical suggestions mentioned in this session include:

  • Tell your story. (How are you awesome in your online teaching?)
  • Be focused. (Shoot for 500 words.)
  • Show what you mean. (Feel free to include video or graphics.)
  • Refer to evidence. (Include specific evidence to support your claims, and point to that evidence in your narrative.)
  • Focus on the lived experience rather than static course design. (What do you do as an instructor? How do students respond to what you do?)

Meet the Presenters

Alisha Janowsky, Ph.D.

Alisha Janowsky, Ph.D.Associate Lecturer of Psychology
Department of Psychology
College of Sciences
University of Central Florida

Beatriz Reyes-Foster, Ph.D.

Beatriz Reyes-Foster, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Anthropology
College of Anthropology
College of Sciences University of Central Florida


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