Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment - Western Washington University's Teaching and Learning Center

Innovative Teaching Showcase

Welcome to the Innovative Teaching Showcase, an online publication created by the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment (CIIA) as a way to highlight and share exceptional teaching practices by Western Washington University faculty. Each year, several instructors are nominated to participate, and then work extensively with the CIIA to create this in-depth resource. The Showcase is published on this website at the end of each academic year.

The CIIA is pleased to announce the following instructors for the
2013-14 Innovative Teaching Showcase.

This year’s Innovative Teaching Showcase theme, “Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds,” seeks to honor faculty who have designed exemplar courses that capitalize on an effective blend of face-to-face and web-based instruction. This kind of instruction has the potential to make the student learning experience reflective of real-world technologies and collaborations, use student and instructor time innovatively, integrate digital citizenship and information literacy into coursework, and provide equitable opportunities for interaction, feedback, and engagement. Through this year's Showcase we will learn more about the ways the following instructors at WWU have implemented this approach:

  • Paula Dagnon, Instructional Technology
  • Rebekah Green, Environmental Studies
  • Jerimiah Welch, Engineering Technology

Nominees are selected by the CIIA Advisory Board for inclusion in each year's Innovative Teaching Showcase. Selected instructors work with the CIIA to develop the resource through the end of Spring Quarter.

“We know that when teachers ‘blend’ thoroughly evaluated technological resources with rigorous and directed instruction, students are more interested and motivated to learn. With this kind of teacher-focused instruction, students will be well-prepared to contribute to society, make ethical choices, and better compete in a 21st century global economy.”

Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
(in NEA Policy Brief, Fall 2011)

“When properly implemented, blended learning can result in improved student success, satisfaction, and retention. For instance, the University of Central Florida has consistently seen such results over the 13 years of their own blended learning initiative. Since beginning this initiative, UCF has delivered over 5,030 UCF blended course sections and blended offerings have increased 475%.

Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D., Univ. of Central Florida
Understanding Blended Learning


Please peruse past Showcases via the navigation to the left or search all Showcases. To connect to the most recent Showcase, select the link to the 2012-13 Showcase on the left navigation under "Current Edition" or click the image below:

Innovative Teaching Showcase