OLC Effective Practices

Quality in Online Education

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 ensure 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 achieving capacity enrollment via cost-effectiveness). 

Two rounds of Effective Practices are awarded annually. The first round is awarded each spring at the OLC Innovate conference in April. The second round of Effective Practice Awards is presented at the OLC Accelerate conference in November. Awardees will be given the opportunity to present at the appropriate conference, as well as presenting a webinar at a later date. 

First Round of 2019 OLC Effective Practice Awards Closed for Submissions: Next round will open soon!

Timeline of Important Dates (previous round of submissions):

  • Nominations due by 11:59 pm ET January 31, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance by February 18, 2019
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is February 28, 2019
  • Deadline for presenters to register for OLC Innovate is March 4, 2019
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is March 4, 2019
  • Final presentation upload date is March 4, 2019

Submissions for effective practices included topics related to innovation and/or technology that enhance the field of digital learning. These practices are peer reviewed and can help with tenure and promotion. (When the submission process is open): To add an effective practice, login to OLC and then (we will supply the link when the submission process re-opens). Please note it will take time for peer reviewers to review EP submissions.  We will email you when the committee has made selections. All Effective Practice Award recipients for the next selection round will be asked to present their effective practice at OLC Accelerate in Orlando in November. 

Preparing for Submission

To help you prepare for submission you will need to submit the following fields on the submission form. 

  • Brief Abstract of the Effective Practice
  • Expanded Description of the Effective Practice
  • Supporting Information to help us understand the Effective Practice – the community will see these support documents.

View the Effective Practices

If you have questions, please contact:

Devon Cancilla, Ph.D
Online Learning Consortium
Chief Knowledge Officer
E-mail:  Devon.Cancilla@onlinelearning-c.org

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Previous Effective Practice Award Winners

2019 Effective Practice Award winners
2018 Effective Practice Award winners
2017 Effective Practice Award winners
2016 Effective Practice Award winners
2015 Effective Practice Award winners
2014 and prior Effective Practice Award winners

Awards for the current round of submissions will be presented at OLC Innovate in Denver, CO, April 3-5, 2019.