John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program

This award recognizes an OLC member institution for an outstanding online certificate, degree or continuing education program with a proven record of excellence, as demonstrated by its success in providing expanded access, learning effectiveness, and high levels of student and faculty satisfaction in a cost-effective manner.

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 John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award is evaluated on five primary criteria:

Access: The program has improved access to education by expanding opportunities and/or reducing barriers.

Learning Effectiveness: The program demonstrates effectiveness in producing learning outcomes, which are consistent with learner needs and representative of the distinctive quality of the institution.

Cost Effectiveness: The program is provided in a manner that is cost-effective for the institution and provides educational value for learners and other stakeholders.

Student Satisfaction: Learners who complete the program or substantial portion of it express satisfaction with their learning experience, including course rigor and fairness, instructor and peer interaction, and provision of support services.

Faculty Satisfaction: Faculty who teach in the program find the online teaching experience to be personally rewarding and professionally beneficial.

Materials required for submission:

  • A detailed description of the online degree, certificate, or continuing education program that summarizes the program and provides evidence of how the program meets the award criteria.
  • Supporting documentation demonstrating program 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 addressing the five 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

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