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2021 AT&T Faculty-Staff Instructional Technology Awards Entry Information

This awards program, generously funded by AT&T, recognizes outstanding contributions to the use and development of information technology for teaching and learning in credit-bearing courses at Michigan State University.


Individual MSU faculty, instructors, teaching assistants and staff, or teams of faculty and staff, are eligible to submit innovations in credit-bearing MSU courses they have developed and offered at least once between fall 2019 and summer 2020 to this competition. Three first place awards will be given – one for best online course, one for best blended course, and one for best use of technology to enhance an online, blended, flipped, or in-person course. (Note: There can only be one entry per course. Applicants must choose one of these three competition categories for their entry.) Up to three honorable mentions may also be awarded with one for each category.


Award recipients will be selected based upon nominations from the campus community. Self nomination is preferred though not required because completing a nomination requires detailed knowledge of and access to the developed materials. Nominations will be peer-reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff, which shall give due regard to MSU’s commitment to diversity and accessibility, as well as the university’s commitment to outstanding instruction and effective design and technology integration. The 2021 entry form identifies required sections for a course submission or innovation submission and clarifies general criteria judges will consider in selecting the winners. On the form, applicants should be sure to select the category in which they wish to compete (online course, blended course, or specific technology innovation).


Thanks to AT&T, the first place winning individual or teams for best courses and the first place winning individual or team for best technology-enabled innovation will receive an award of available credit to spend from a university account in ways that contribute to their professional development or further their use of technology in instruction. Up to three additional courses or innovations may be selected to receive honorable mention awards. Honorable mention is not associated with prize money, but winners are recognized and honored on the awards website.

Entry Information:

The best online course and best blended course competitions consider the overall student experience in the course. (Note: Flipped classrooms would typically be considered blended courses, as would other variations on partly face-to-face and partly online courses.) The best technology-enabled innovation competition considers a specific innovation or innovations in a face-to-face, blended, flipped, or online course.


Applicants must submit the 2021 Entry Form by 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 5, 2021.


2021 Entry Form

You can download a copy of the 2021 Entry Form (Word version) to review the submission requirements in advance, however official submissions must be made to the 2021 Entry Form.

Screen Shots: Applicants are encouraged to include screenshots, or screen recordings of the course in their videos, or in the (optional) written explanation.

Video Submission: A video that explains and highlights your course is required for the application process. It should be from YouTube and a maximum of five minutes long. If you need assistance creating your video, please contact Nick Noel ( at least three weeks prior to submitting your application.

Considerations: Michigan State University’s AT&T Faculty-Staff Awards in Instructional Technology competition benefits the winners by conferring peer reviewed recognition. The competition also benefits the larger MSU community because it highlights inspiring and innovative approaches to blended and fully online learning. The disciplinary expertise of applicants and judges reflect the diversity of majors and colleges at MSU. Applicants are encouraged to keep this broad audience in mind as they describe what is notable about their course or technology-enhanced learning innovation from a disciplinary perspective but also clarifying aspects that can be generalized to other online teaching and learning. For more information please contact Nick Noel at (


"The awards help spread effective practice and share the outstanding work of our colleagues."

- Brendan Guenther -

Chief Academic Digital Officer