The 2016 Effective Practice Award recipients were:

  • Nayana Parange, University of South Australia, for “Fostering Sustained, Authentic Learning Among Tomorrow’s Obstetric and Gynecological Sonographers in a Fully Online Postgraduate Course”
  • Beth Oyarzun and Elizabeth Gazza, University of North Carolina Wilmington, for “Applied Learning Experiences in an Online Accelerated Degree Completion Nursing Program: The Leadership and Management Practicum”
  • Ayesha Sadaf, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Larisa Olesova, George Mason University, for “Enhancing Cognitive Presence in Online Case Discussions with Question Based on Practical Inquiry Model”
  • Mark Brown, James Brunton, Ann, Cleary, Eamon Costello, Loraine Delaney, Seamus Fox, Jennifer, Lisa O’Regan, and Jamie Ward, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, and Institute of Technology Sligo, for “Student Success Toolbox for Flexible Learners: Supporting Transitions from Thinking about Study to the First Weeks”
  • Frank Tomsic, Phylise Banner, Clark Shah-Nelson, Angela Gunder, Ann MusgroveJessica Knott, Robbie Melton, Bethany Bovard, and Dave Goodrich, for “The Technology Test Kitchen”
  • Shanta Goswami Varma and Henry Newkirk, University of Houston – Clear Lake, for “Pathway to Quality Online Education at University of Houston – Clear Lake”
  • Michael Brown, Tommy Bennett, and Lewis Williams, UMUC, for “Multiple Programming Language Introduction Programming Course”

The recipients of OLC’s first round of 2016 Effective Practice Awards were recognized at OLC Innovate 2016 in New Orleans:

  • Carla Thompson, Ed.D., Professor, Research and Advanced Studies, University of West Florida, for “Virtual Assistance Labs and Just-in-Time-Online Proactive Feedback: Reducing Statistics Anxiety in Graduate Students”
  • Heidi Wilkes, DLP, Senior Director, Curriculum and Assessment Development, and Kaitlin LeMoine, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Assessment Development, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, for “Project-Based, Competency-Based Curriculum Design at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University”
  • Maurizio Costabile, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Medical Science, University of South Australia, for “Improving Student Learning of College Biochemistry Using Simulations”

  • Erin Blauvelt, M.Ed., Multimedia Instructional Designer, and Kimberly Barss, M.S., Instructional Designer, Center for Online Education, Learning & Academic Services, Excelsior College, for “Retrofitting and Proactivity for Accessibility in Online Courses”

  • Beth Nastachowski, MA, Manager of Multimedia Writing Instruction, Writing Center Contributing Faculty, Academic Skills Center, Walden University, for “Walden University Writing Center Interactive Modules: Student Writing Support Any Time, Anywhere” 

  • Chelsea Barnett, M.Ed., Project Manager, Institutional Research, and Kurt Gunnell, Ph.D., Director, Institutional Research, Western Governors University, for “Building Hyper-Bonded Communities in a Virtual Environment and Its Relation to Student Persistence”

  • Laurie Bedford, Ph.D., Faculty Specialist, Faculty Initiatives and Center Support, and Laurel Walsh, MFA, Ed.D., Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence, Walden University, for “The Walden Junto Model: Supporting Faculty Communities of Practice”

  • Lee Ann Dickerson, Faculty, and Margot McGowen, Student Success Coach, Jefferson Community & Technical College, for “Log In to Learn—And Change the World” 

  • John M. Long, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, Deakin University, for “Online Learning in an Engineering Course”

See 2015 Effective Practice Award winners. See previous years’ winners.