Recognition as an OLC Fellow is conferred upon individual members of the Online Learning Consortium by the OLC Board of Directors for outstanding work with online learning, extraordinary contributions to the field, distinguished service to OLC, and extraordinarily leadership. Special attention is given to an individual’s contributions in one or more areas represented by the OLC Pillars.

Nominations and Submissions

Fellow recognition is an honor that an individual cannot seek. Rather, a nomination must be initiated by another OLC Fellow, an OLC Individual Member, or an OLC Institutional Member.

A Fellow Selection Committee will be appointed by the OLC Board President and will have responsibility for managing the nomination process, for evaluating all nominations submitted, and for recommending a limited number of candidates to the Board of Directors for selection. The Fellow Selection Committee receives nominations, reviews credentials, and recommends candidates for approval by the OLC Board of Directors.

OLC Fellow Nominations are evaluated on four primary criteria:

  • Outstanding qualifications in the field of online learning
  • Significant experience in online learning or an allied field
  • A record of distinguished service to OLC and/or the field
  • Extraordinary leadership in the field of online learning

Materials required for nomination:

  • Nominee’s CV
  • A detailed description of how the nominee meets the evaluation criteria.
  • Three supporting letters that address the nominee’s qualifications for this award. No more than two letters may be from the same institution or community and none may be from current OLC Board Members, Fellows Selection Committee, OLC staff, or nominator.

Complete List of OLC Fellows

Recipients will be recognized at the next OLC Accelerate conference.

Meet Your 2021 Class of OLC Fellows

Cristi Ford, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Training at NeighborWorks America

Dr. Ford was nominated by OLC Fellow Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Digital Learning at University of Central Florida, for her exceptional contributions to the field of online, blended and digital learning. Starting with work to help young adults with autism succeed in college, Dr. Ford continued to build on that foundation in order to meet every learners’ needs in new and innovative ways.