The Barbara Truman Award for Excellence in Blended Teaching

Blended teaching enables us to create spaces to bring life-long learners together and build new forms of local and global communities.

Barbara Truman Award Submission Information

The Barbara Truman Award for Excellence in Blended Teaching recognizes one UCF faculty member who has recently taught an exemplary mixed-mode (M) or limited attendance (RS) course.

The Spring 2022 submission period opens Monday, February 21 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Sunday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m.*

Award Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, each applicant must:

  • Have a Quality designation for the “M” or “RS” course on which the submission is based. The course review is facilitated by a Center for Distributed Learning Instructional Designer. If you are not sure if your course is eligible for review, please contact your Instructional Designer for assistance. (Note: In 2024 and beyond, a High Quality designation will be a prerequisite for award consideration.)
  • Be the original creator of the course content for the course on which the submission is based. (Note: Submissions should be on one single, concluded course only; Limit one submission per faculty member; Submission should detail the work of a single instructor of record.)
  • Have taught at least one mixed-mode (M) or limited attendance (RS) course within the previous three years.
  • Hold a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9- or 12-month full-time appointment (tenured, tenure-earning, or non-tenure-earning faculty member; all full-time faculty are eligible).
  • Not have received this same award within the previous three years.
  • For unique teaching situations, please reach out to Kathleen Bastedo or Amy Sugar for assistance.

Application Procedures

The faculty review committee will select the strongest evidence-based case for exemplary blended teaching based upon application packets submitted. The Truman Award Packet Submission Review Rubric will guide the committee’s selection. Applicants are encouraged to use this rubric for a self-evaluation of their packet before submitting.

Application will be via Qualtrics form. In addition to completing the Qualtrics form fields, please prepare for uploading a single document (Word document [*.doc] or Adobe Acrobat file [*.pdf]) containing each of the following:

  1. Course number and section of the “M” or “RS” course with a Quality designation
  2. Instructor narrative
  3. Blended Course Integration Chart
  4. Supporting evidence/data:
    1. Student engagement
    2. Learning gains
    3. Student Satisfaction

The following Blended Course Integration Chart template can be used for your submission: Blended_Course_Integration_Chart.docx

You may choose to use the following document template to expedite your preparations: Application_Packet_Template.docx

A note on supporting evidence/data
If it is impractical to include all evidence in a single document, please prepare and upload to the Qualtrics form one or more supporting files as appropriate for each of the following categories: student engagement, learning gains, and student satisfaction as outlined in the Truman Award Packet Submission Review Rubric. The instructor narrative should reference these sources of supporting evidence.

Launch Packet Submission Qualtrics Form
The Spring 2022 submission period opens Monday, February 21 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Sunday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m.*

Award

The Barbara Truman Award for Excellence in Blended Teaching recipient will receive a $1,000 travel award transferred to the recipient’s academic department for the recipient’s use in professional conference participation. The recipient will be encouraged, but not required, to submit a conference proposal related to her/his online teaching.

The Truman Award recipient will have the option to display a digital badge in the online course for which the submission is based and will be invited to share their award-winning course in a short, Center for Distributed Learning-produced video.

All Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome.

About Barbara

Dr. Barbara Truman (1962-2021), one of the founders of UCF’s digital learning initiative, established the rigorous and nationally-recognized processes for course design and faculty preparation that still underlie UCF’s high quality blended and online courses. Having supported the design of UCF’s first online courses in 1996 and creating IDL6543 in 1997, Dr. Truman served as Director of Course Development from 1998-2013. Barbara Truman went on to become an award-winning transdisciplinary scholar and practitioner working on immersive, virtual environments with colleagues in the military, industry, and academic sectors.

*Dates are tentative and are subject to update following decisions by the faculty review committee.