Through the OLC Effective Practices program, the OLC community shares techniques, strategies and practices that have worked effectively in their institution or program. Effective practices are peer-reviewed and evaluated against OLC’s five pillars of quality in digital education: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction and scalability. Two rounds of Effective Practices are awarded annually. The first round is awarded in April at the OLC Innovate conference and the second round will be presented at OLC Accelerate in November.

The recipients of OLC’s second round of 2018 Effective Practice Awards were presented at OLC Accelerate 2018, November 14-16, 2018 in Orlando, FL.

  • Katie Linder and Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Oregon State University, for “Online Learning Efficacy Research Database”
  • Victoria Brown, Kamarie B. Carter, Dana R. Willett, and Joshua Z. Book; Florida State University System, Texas State System for “The Online Student Support Services Scorecard Implementation” 
  • Michael Scott Brown and Lewis Williams; University of Maryland University College for “Eliminating Redundancies in Online Learning Material” 
  • Angela Gunder, Jessica L. Knott, Ryan Straight, Clark Shah-Nelson, Keegan Long-Wheeler, Benjamin Scragg, and John Stewart; The University of Arizona, Michigan State University, The University of Maryland, The University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University for “#SquadGoalsNetwork – Remixing the Personal Learning Network” 
  • Ronald DeMara, Baiyun Chen, and Charles Hartshorne; University of Central Florida for “Elevating Participation and Outcomes with Digitized Assessments in Large-enrollment Foundational STEM Curricula: An Immersive Development Workshop for STEM Faculty” 
  • Jacqueline O’Flaherty, University of South Australia for “Science & UniReady: Tailoring an Online Preparatory Workshop for Successful University Transition and Academic Performance in Health Sciences” 
  • Chelsea Caile McNeely, Robin Grebing, and Leah Michel; Southeast Missouri State, Maryville University for “Flipped Student Services Model” 

The recipients of OLC’s first round of 2018 Effective Practice Awards were recognized at OLC Innovate 2018, April 18-20, 2017, in Nashville:

  • Alexandra Pickett, Open SUNY, Center for Online Teaching Excellence, State University of New York, for “Open SUNY ‘Interested in Teaching Online?: A Large-Scale Online Faculty Readiness Resource”
  • Lynn Brabender and Karen Vignare, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities(APLU) – Personalized Learning Consortium, for “Scaling Campus-Wide Advising Reform: Using an Online, Asynchronous, Video-Based Course to Guide Campus Leadership in Launching Comprehensive Advising Redesign”
  • Laurie Beford, Lyda DiTommaso Downs and Melissa McDowell, Walden University, for “Peer Coaching for Remote Faculty”
  • Katherine Strange and Fran Reed, Walden University, for “Putting Theory into Practice Using Simulation Scenarios”
  • Taylor Kendal and Alex McDaniel, Metropolitan State University of Denver, for “The Agile Instructional Design Network and Course Design Xchange”
  • Bucky Dodd and Stacy Southerland, University of Central Oklahoma, Center for eLearning & Connected Environments, for “A Visual Language and Method for Designing Successful Learning Experiences”
  • Larisa Olesova and Susan Campbell, George Mason University, for “Mentoring University Faculty: The Cooperative Mentorship Model”
  • Fawn Thompson, Boston University, for “Develop a Peer Review Practice to Meet Challenges, Improve Accessibility, Promote Collaboration, and Expand Expertise in Online Course Design”

2017 Effective Practice Award winners.

2016 Effective Practice Award winners.

2015 Effective Practice Award winners.

See previous years’ winners.