Information Technology Services (ITS)

CUCCIO Innovation Award Finalist

Published on: June 23, 2015

Universities from western, central and eastern Canada honoured at inaugural CUCCIO Awards Gala at CANHEIT 2015 in Fredericton

Jun. 24, 2015Fareed Teja, Faculty of Nursing with Robert Cook, CIO for the University of Toronto

June 23, 2015. Fredericton, NB. Winners of the inaugural CUCCIO Awards were announced on Thursday, June 18 at the annual CANHEIT conference at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Celebrating collaboration, innovation and community, institutions from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Atlantic Canada received awards at the June 18 gala.

“This awards program is designed to celebrate Canada’s higher ed IT community and its contribution to the Canadian higher education landscape,” said Lori MacMullen, Executive Director of CUCCIO. “As we launch the CUCCIO Awards program, our goal is to make these awards synonymous with IT excellence in higher education. We hope all nominees, finalists and CUCCIO members take a moment to be proud of the work they do every day to support the innovative, effective and efficient use of IT in support of their institutional mandates in teaching and learning, research and administration.”

The CUCCIO Awards program is based on three award categories:Collaboration, Innovation and Community.

The University of Toronto’s Online Proctoring Pilot Project won the inaugural Innovation Award.

“Online proctoring was – and still is – so new in Canada that many hadn’t even heard of the concept,” said   Fareed Teja, Academic Information and Communication Technology Supervisor at the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and recipient of the Innovation Award. “Through this pilot, we have been able to develop and share our own best practices, highlight nuanced issues, and serve as a case study for others wishing to tackle the issue of academic integrity in online test taking.