Effective Practices

Welcome to the OLC Effective Practices site

To help make quality online education accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, the members of the OLC community share techniques, strategies, and practices in online education that have worked for them. All effective practices are peer reviewed to insure quality and to give submitters some documentation for tenure and promotion files.   OLC focuses on five pillars of quality (see framework and narrative) in online education: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction, and scale (institutional commitment to achieve capacity enrollment via cost effectiveness).

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Open Call for Effective Practice Submissions

Submit an Effective Practice  

Do you have an Effective Practice focused on Online Learning?  Submit your practice before July 15, 2014 for  Awards consideration. Awards will be provided at the 20th Annual International Conference of Online Learning Awards Luncheon held Thursday, October 30th in Orlando, FL.

We encourage you to submit your own effective practices on any topic related to online education. Remember these are peer reviewed and so can help with tenure and promotion. To add an effective practice, login to OLC and then click here: Add an Effective Practice (you  must be logged in). Please note it may take a few days for editors to review the practice before it appears in "What's new?" We'll email to let you know when it is posted.

Each practice becomes automatically eligible for annual awards based on these criteria which are detailed in the rubric:

  • Innovation. The practice is inventive or original.
  • Replicability: The practice can be implemented in a variety of learning environments.
  • Potential impact: The practice would advance the field if many adopted it.
  • Supporting documentation: The practice is supported with evidence of effectiveness.
  • Scope: The practice explains its relationship with other quality elements.


The Annual OLC Quality Scorecard Effective Practice Awards recognize and honor innovation in online learning around the use and implementation of the Quality Scorecard. The award recipients have demonstrated leadership in advancing the goals of access, learning effectiveness, faculty and student satisfaction, and scalability.

Have you used the Quality Scorecard at your Institution and had success implementing the tool?  If so, please submit your application and evidence for consideration of this prestigious award.  Deadline to submit your practice is July 15th.

Each practice becomes automatically eligible for annual awards based on these criteria which are detailed in the quality scorecard rubric.


Effective Practice Awards Selection Committee

Dr. Bucky Dodd
Director of eLearning and Innovations
University of Central Oklahoma

Dr. Angela M. Gibson
Director, First Year Experience, and Instructor
American Public University System

Dr. Laurie G. Hillstock
Director of Distance Education
University of South Carolina – Upstate

Phil Ice, Ed.D.
VP, Research & Development
American Public University System

Dr. Kaye Shelton
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Center for Doctoral Studies
Lamar University

Witt Salley
Director of Clemson Online
Clemson University

Shari Smith
e-Education Facilitator
Professional Science Master's Program
Rice University

Quality Scorecard Effective Practice Review Committee
Karen Pedersen
Associate Vice President for Extended Campuses
Northern Arizona University

Lisa Holstrom
Managing Director, Midwest
Academic Partnerships

George Saltsman
Abilene Christian University,
Executive Director of the Task Force for Innovation in Learning and Educational Technology

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