2021 | 2022 Academic Year

The Office of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce another year of the Flexible Teaching Awards. Changes have been made to the process for this year. We look forward to seeing another round of excellent nominations.

Award categories: 

  • Best Design – Online 
  • Best Design – Blended 
  • Best Delivery – Online 
  • Best Delivery - Blended 

2021-2022 Dates

2021-2022 Prizes

  • 1st place | $3,000
  • 2nd place | $2,000
  • 3rd place | $1,000

Best Design (Online and Blended)

The Best Design award is given to courses that exemplify sound principles of online course design. Courses nominated for this award should be detailed in their orientation, varied in its activities and assessments, rigorous, and strongly situated towards student success. 

What you'll need for a Best Design application

You’ll need the following before submitting your course for a Best Design award: 

  1. The course needs to receive a quality review. Contact your CLFC Chair(s) if you are unsure whether your course has received a quality review. Courses in which the review is older than 2019 are not eligible without being reviewed again.  
  1. Select a module from the course that you consider exemplary.  
  1. A short narrative (no more than 500 words) explaining why you consider the module to be exemplary. You do not need to write this narrative unless you are nominated by your CFLC to be a finalist. 


All courses nominated for a Best Design award must have received a quality review. Please contact your CFLC Chair(s) if you have not received a quality review for your course yet. You will also need to select one module within your course that you consider to be exemplary.  

Best Design courses will be evaluated using a combination of the Online Community of Inquiry rubric and the Innovation Evaluation rubric. 

Where you'll submit your application for Best Design

Self-nominations can be submitted using this form. All nominations will be directed to the appropriate CFLC Chair(s). The deadline for submission will vary from school/college. Please check with your CFLC Chair. 

Best Delivery (Online and Blended)

The Best Delivery award is given to instructors who demonstrate engaged learning within their online course. In contrast to the Best Design award, which is given based on how the course is structured, the Best Delivery award is given based on what instructors do to support their students within an online course. Instructors submitting applications for Best Delivery should be able to explain how they are present within their course in multiple ways with demonstrated impact.

What you'll need for a Best Delivery application

For a Best Delivery application you will need to be prepared to present on the delivery of your course. Therefore, you’ll need the following:  

  1. Create a presentation based on the provided template.
  2. A short explanation (no more than 500 words) explaining why you should be nominated by your school/college CFLC. 

Where you'll submit your application for Best Delivery

Self-nominations can be submitted using this form. All nominations will be directed to the appropriate CFLC Chair(s). The deadline for submission will vary from school/college. Please check with your CFLC Chair. 

Other Submission Rules 

  1. Courses have been quality reviewed no earlier than 2019.
  2. Previous Online Teaching Awards winners are not eligible to submit an application this year.
  3. Other rules will be provided by the school/college CFLC.


Contact your CFLC representative with any questions about the process.