Waterloo receives recognition with QS Reimagine Education Awards | Waterloo News

Two University of Waterloo departments attained recognition on the global phase very last week in the United Arab Emirates.  

The two Co-operative and Experiential Education and learning (CEE) and WatSPEED gained honours at the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Reimagine Education and learning Meeting Awards held in Abu Dhabi at Khalifa College.  

Known as the “Oscars of education”, the awards realize revolutionary approaches that enhance university student learning results and employability.  Award types include the potential of mastering, upcoming of universities, foreseeable future of get the job done and sustainability training.   

CEE gained gold in The Electricity of Partnerships Award group for its submission: Partners for Prosperity, future–proofing today’s learners for tomorrow’s workforce. WatSPEED gained silver for the Very best Use of Generative AI for the simulated scientific instruction in the Administration of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy (MOAT) expert instruction program. 

Anne-Marie Fannon, director of Waterloo’s Perform Discover Institute and Carolyn Lee, instructional developer, acknowledged the award on behalf of CEE while Marie Lippens, affiliate director of solutions, accepted on behalf of WatSPEED.   

From still left to proper: Marie Lippens, Carolyn Lee and Anne-Marie Fannon.

Gold award for The Power of Partnerships   

In accordance to Reimagine Education and learning, the Ability of Partnerships award is “awarded to the organization or establishment that has leveraged the electricity of partnership to innovate, scale, or strengthen their featuring and improve the learner’s practical experience results.”  CEE’s award submission highlighted the department’s capacity to ensure academic integration concerning students’ do the job activities and the classroom. It also called out the unit’s extensive community of businesses and the collaboration concerning CEE and marketplace associates.  

“We are exceptionally happy that CEE has been acknowledged amid our peers on a world wide phase with this gold award,” suggests Norah McRae, associate provost of CEE. “The significant get the job done we do would not be feasible with out our fantastic business companions. Their collaboration is very important and they are deserving of this recognition.”   

The collaboration presents revolutionary, top quality possibilities to ensure we empower learners for the future of get the job done and lifelong learning. CEE established a video highlighting the fantastic partnership Waterloo facilitates with academia and field as section of the award submission.   

Silver award for The Very best Use of Generative AI  

 The Very best Use of Generative AI award is based on the successful implementation of “generative AI to produce or make improvements to educational instruments, platforms, or programs,” to change different elements of instruction and greatly enhance engagement among learners. 

“With the immense rise of generative AI in our do the job and day by day life, we are honoured that WatSPEED’s use of this technology in education has been recognized by QS,” suggests Sanjeev Gill, associate vice-president, innovation and executive director of WatSPEED. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment and that of our colleagues in CEE and we search forward to continuing to develop on our institution’s strengths to aid aid a foreseeable future-proof workforce.” 

WatSPEED’s submission outlined how its MOAT application, made in partnership with the University’s College of Pharmacy, Dr. Jeff Nagge, a medical professor at the Faculty, and Ametros Studying, makes use of generative AI to help learners to interact with a simulated roster of clients needing treatment.

Intended for pharmacists, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners who aspire to take care of oral anticoagulation treatment below a healthcare directive, the simulations permit learners to talk to with a various assortment of AI-centered individuals with unique clinical attributes. Learners obtain suggestions on the information and facts they assemble – such as variables that could possibly be crucial to patient wellness – and identify treatment plans accordingly. 

WatSPEED also made a movie demonstrating how the clinical simulations work. 

Waterloo’s submissions from CEE and WatSPEED stood out among the 1,200 submissions throughout the 17 groups. Extra than 600 worldwide gurus evaluated the submissions. In 2022, CEE was awarded silver for the Sustainability Education Award at the Reimagine Awards.