Instructure recognizes four outstanding educators from EMEA who are redefining education in the COVID-19 era


The annual Educator of the Year awards are nominated by fellow educators and administrators, and students

SALT LAKE CITY, October 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Instructure today announced the winners of its 2021 Educator of the Year awards for this week’s edition InstructureCon 2021 edtech conference. The program recognizes outstanding educators in the EMEA region who work to embrace distance learning, prepare students for the job market, and support student success and achievement in a changing educational landscape.

“Educators everywhere are facing insurmountable challenges with optimism and patience, and this has never been truer than last school year,” said Melissa Loblé, Director of Customer Experience at Instructure. “Each educator we have selected has truly excelled in an increasingly challenging environment and inspired their colleagues and students in the process. Congratulations to all of our 2021 winners!”

The winners of the Educator of the Year 2021 award for the EMEA region are:

Teacher / Speaker

Sally pritchardSenior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University (United Kingdom)

Sally is an enthusiastic and genuine social work educator. Sally exceeded expectations by adapting to hybrid distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic for the “Step Up to Social Work” course. Sally’s performance was excellent and her supervision ensured a consistent execution and a cohesive student experience. She delivered supported commented PowerPoints with Live Zoom sessions, which were recorded and made available afterward. She supplemented the basic education with video interviews with practitioners, videos or notebooks with practitioners providing answers to student questions, built-in quizzes and electronic resources, including films, and organized weekly live clarification sessions for students. Student feedback has been excellent and Sally has been nominated for an internal “Outstanding Teacher” award.

Educational support

Catherine taylor Thematic Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and Digital Learning Coordinator, Chesham Grammar School (UK)

“Kathryn has been invaluable in supporting us throughout learning about containment with new ways of working with technology, including Canvas. Without Kathryn’s support during containment, my online classes would have been much less effective for all my students, “said the history and politics teacher, Helen Southwood. Kathryn embraces the use of new technologies to improve the offering of her students by making online learning fun and interactive. She has taught teachers, parents and students how to use online platforms, sharing her expertise widely across the school for the benefit of students and colleagues. Kathryn’s approach provided students with access to a wide range of resources and timely support from their teacher.

Instructional designer

Ansar Utegenov – Quality Assurance Manager and Canvas LMS Administrator, M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University (Kazakhstan)

Ansar is a talented instructional designer and canvas performer. KAZGUU University has successfully transformed the learning process into a blended format. Ansar’s support has been instrumental in this change, creating guides for teachers and students, as well as video tutorials and learning manuals to enhance teaching and learning through Canvas. “He knows how to ‘adjust’ Canvas LMS to better inform learning progress,” said provost Sergey Pen.

Other (other roles in higher education):

Nathanael Howell Backup agent, The remedial team, Blackpool and Fylde College (United Kingdom)

Blackpool and Fylde College aimed to engage with students eligible for remedial tuition funding to ensure that all students can achieve a 4th year or equivalent in English and Math. Their main areas of support were: well-being, motivation, attendance and achievement. The pandemic has affected England in many ways, especially for young people in education. Students are unsure of how their grades will be assessed, concerned about home learning, the loss of pastoral support, and the loss of their “safe place” away from difficult home environments. To combat these risks to education, Blackpool and Fylde College viewed barriers as a challenge to attendance, especially with online learning becoming “the norm”. By identifying and working to eliminate these challenges, online learning becomes easier and participation in online sessions is more likely. Blackpool and the Fylde coast has the greatest disadvantage in England, students being about two years behind in relation to other fields. To bridge this gap, the remedial team aims to holistically support young people and guide them to a chosen destination. At the start of the project, around 1,500 students were eligible for remedial support. This year, 813 remedial-eligible students received one-on-one support via online workshops, covering topics such as CV writing and UCAS applications, and personal development such as healthy relationships, protection and awareness raising. Mental Health. In addition, these students participated in 2,875 meetings with tutors and had access to 6,263 additional learning hours. The end result saw 723 individual barriers removed. Attendance across student numbers increased by 13% on average and the team and students had a success rate of over 90% in terms of English / math scores.

Selection of the 2021 winners

The Educator of the Year awards were judged on the following criteria, with particular emphasis on adapting to hybrid and distance learning, and / or adopting technology in the classroom in new and innovative ways. exciting:

  • How does this teacher redefine traditional classroom activities to help students achieve their academic goals?
  • How does this teacher’s classroom experience promote inclusion and improve outcomes for at-risk populations?
  • How does this teacher inspire students, arouse curiosity, and support student growth and achievement?

InstructureCon 2021 will take place on Thursday October 7. Last year, Instructure hosted its first-ever virtual conference attended by thousands of attendees, with special presentations from inspirational figures in education including Sal Khan and LeVar Burton. To protect the safety of educators and school professionals in attendance, this year’s event will once again be held online. To register visit

Instructure (NYSE: INST) is an educational technology company dedicated to improving student success, amplifying the power of teaching, and inspiring everyone to learn together. Today, the Instructure learning platform supports more than 30 million educators and learners around the world. Learn more about

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