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Former Board Member Wins Teaching Award

Former Board Member Wins Teaching Award

Date: Tuesday,July 24, 2018
Dr. James 'Skid' Skidmore, former St. Jerome's University Board member and faculty member at the University of Waterloo, has won a national award in innovative teaching at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Innovative German Award, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, recognizes new courses, curriculum and program development, and the implementation of new approaches to teaching and learning. 
 
From the Daily Bulletin: 
 
"Skidmore was honoured for GER 271 (German Thought and Culture - Objects). The jury recognized this online course for its “truly interdisciplinary and innovative” methodologies that contextualize student learning within larger frameworks, such as material culture and engaged learning.  “(His) expertise in structuring this authentic inquiry with an online platform, readings, and meaningful assignments that draw attention to the students’ commitment to their own performance and curiosity for the world is exemplary.” The course’s online framework, including its extensive use of online discussion forums for content delivery and critical analysis, was singled out for its easily intuitive structure and its potential for training and inspiring other instructors. 
 
GER 271 is one of a suite of three online courses Skidmore authored that use a modular approach in their course design. Unlike most online courses that require significant budget resources whenever content needs updating, modules in these courses can be added or deleted from term to term, ensuring that the courses won’t require significant investment to remain current."
Congratulations!