This award recognizes outstanding and creative use of appropriate educational technologies to teach an online and/or blended course in higher education.

Recipients will be recognized at the next OLC Accelerate conference with a commemorative plaque and will receive a complimentary ticket to the OLC Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception at the conference.


Nominations and Submissions

The Excellence and Innovation in Online Teaching Award is evaluated on four primary 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.

Materials required for submission:

  • A detailed description of the course that provides evidence of how the course meets the award criteria.
  • Supporting documentation demonstrating course development, implementation, and/or outcomes. Documentation may include but is not limited to assessment data, web address and/or screenshots, sample course pages, videos, or other evidence of quality.
  • Three letters of support demonstrating how this program addresses the four evaluation criteria.

Timeline of Important Dates:
June 10, 2019: Nominations due by 11:59pm ET
August 2, 2019: Nominees notified of award decisions
September 25, 2019: Deadline for award recipients to register for OLC Accelerate conference*
November 19, 2019: Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception at OLC Accelerate, 5-7pm ET*

*Conference attendance is not required to accept the award. If attending, registration must be completed by the deadline. Unless specified in the award, conference expenses are not included. All award recipients will be provided with a complimentary ticket to the Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception if attending the conference.

See Past awardees here

For additional information, please contact:

Lynette O’Keefe
Director, Research Center
Online Learning Consortium
Email: OLCawards@onlinelearning-c.org

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