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This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has creatively utilized appropriate Internet-based technologies to teach online and/or blended courses in higher education. The recipient must have designed and taught one or more online or blended courses with an imaginative approach, well-designed course materials and instructional strategies, and a demonstrated rapport with the course participants. The recipient must also document effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online and/or blended course(s). This award consists of a commemorative plaque and a check for $2000.

Award Criteria

Imaginative Approach: The nominee has implemented a creative approach to one or more emerging instructional challenges.

Quality of Course Materials and Instructional Strategies: The nominee has created well-designed course materials and utilized appropriate instructional strategies.

Learner Satisfaction: The nominee has demonstrated rapport with learners as well as other course participants.

Effective Learning Outcomes: The nominee has demonstrated effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online course(s).

Supporting Letters: The supporting letters address the qualifications of the nominee as an outstanding online teacher.

Required Award Documentation

  • A general description of the online and/or blended course(s) taught, with an in depth focus on one course.
  • A link to the course or photos of pages of the course. Please note, if submitting a link to the course, the review committee must be able to access the course.
  • Descriptions of the online teaching approaches utilized as a teacher.
  • Up to three examples of well-designed course materials that embody effective teaching strategies.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes in the online course(s), such as student survey data,course evaluations or learning outcomes documentation, and demonstrated rapport with learners and other course participants.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and one from a student.

For additional information, please contact:

Devon Cancilla
Chief Knowledge Officer
Online Learning Consortium
Email: devon.cancilla@onlinelearning-c.org