Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS)

In 2022, the ATLAS Awards were reorganized and placed under the Apereo Awards.

This page is being maintained for historical documentation only. 

Please visit the Apereo Awards page for more information.

Historical Documentation Only:


The Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards have a long history of recognizing innovation in teaching and learning. The award grew out of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) which began in 2008 as part of the Sakai community.  When Sakai became part of Apereo, the award was expanded to include all Apereo software projects such as Xerte, OAE, Opencast, and Karuta.

The award has a global reputation and has selected winners from disciplines as diverse as healthcare, computer science, liberal arts, education, fashion, and more.  

Award Goals

The major goals of the award are to:

  • Promote excellent pedagogy and innovation in teaching and learning
  • Create a community of educators who want to share teaching and learning practices
  • Encourage greater faculty involvement in the Apereo community.

Award entries are evaluated against rubrics and the definition of innovation. Each applicant will submit a description of their innovative teaching method, practice or strategy and indicate the ways in which it addresses the award rubric.  The application is divided into three categories: course, project, and portfolio.

Innovation Defined

The ATLAS (formerly TWSIA) committee defines an innovative course or educational experience as one that, by design, engages and challenges students, resulting in greater student interest, a deeper level of understanding and/or a lasting change in the students' perception of an issue or topic.

The innovative method, practice or strategy used may not be new in the world, but its implementation may be out of the ordinary in your field of practice or new to you. It is more than simply using new technologies; rather it is an approach to teaching and learning that results in a much-enhanced, even transformative, educational experience for students.

ATLAS 2020 Winners

2020 ATLAS Course Award:

The team at Duke Kunshan University for the course, China in the World led by Dr. James Miller, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Strategy. The interdisciplinary team included Bryce Beemer, Zach Fredman, Kolleen Guy, Ben Van Overmeire and Qian Zhu.  

2020 ATLAS Institutional Remote Learning Initiative Award (New in 2020):

Walsh University


ATLAS 2019 Winners

The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) for 2019.

Winning Entry:

Sébastien Ruffo, The University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Course: French 3906 - Speaking Texts

Honorable Mention:

Gaia Cantelli, Duke University
Course: Writing in Science and Medicine (Writing 101, Thompson Writing Program)


ATLAS 2018 Winners

The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce three winners of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) for 2018.

Winning Entries:

Michael Friesen, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Course: Social Media and Organizations

Eric Giraudin, IUT2 Grenoble Alps University, France
Portfolio: From an ePortfolio to an Intelligent and Professional Digital Environment

Kevin Abbott, Alex Ambrose, Maureen Dawson, and Paul Manrique, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.
Course: Moreau First Year Experience

Winners were recognized for their use of the Sakai CLE, Karuta, Xerte, OAE, and/or Opencast, for teaching and learning, at the Open Apereo Conference held on 3-7 June 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


ATLAS 2017 Winners

The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) for 2017.

Winning Entries:

Writing 270: Composing the Internship Experience: Social Media and Digital Discourse
Denise Comer from Duke University

Diploma in Experimental Science
Ursula Bernal and Marco Antonio Bernal from U-red, Edured A.C.

Honorable Mention:

Bringing Communication Theory to Life through iLearn Interactive Experiences
Jennifer Robinette from Marist College

The intent of the award is to highlight examples of educational applications of Apereo tools which fall into an innovative or transformative category. Winners were recognized for their use of the Sakai CLE, Xerte, OAE, and/or Opencast, for teaching and learning, at the Open Apereo Conference held from 4-8 June 2017, in Philadelphia.

The Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) is a project of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Community.  

We thank our sponsor Apereo Foundation for their support of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards.

2016 ATLAS Award Winners

Click to view: ATLAS 2016 Presentation & Videos Playlist

Winning Entries:
Entry: Post-A Level Italian Language
Marcella Oliviero and Andrea Zhok, University of Bristol
Student Interviews: https://youtu.be/ZeEtXLU78gw
Presentation: https://youtu.be/SvoSULMfDtk?t=13m50s 13:50 mark
Interview: https://youtu.be/JtUq5VB_ffM

Entry: Teaching Introductory Statistics Using a Blended Mode of Instruction at the University of Cape Town
Leanne Scott & Stephan Britz, University of Cape Town
Presentation: https://youtu.be/dQnKyaObfNQ?t=12s  12s mark
Interview: https://youtu.be/9jonFfu7_uQ

Entry: PSY 322 – Social Psychology
Alexander Nagurney, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Patrick Smith, Texas State University
https://youtu.be/sJ0AWCNV7Bg?t=11m35s 11:35 mark
Click here to view Prezi

Honorable Mentions:

Entry: Innovative Teaching: Using Multimodal Strategies to Engage Students in the Online Learning Environment
Jennie De Gagne, Duke University

Entry: Massive Flipped Classroom Experience Using Sakai and Opencast
Carlos Turro & Raul Mengod, Universitat Politècnica de València


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