Former US Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter to Present the 2016 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Awards

#DLIAward winners will be announced during a luncheon on Day 2 of the OLC Accelerate conference, next month, in Orlando; Winners will also attend a pre-conference summit on ‘Scaling Solutions to Higher Ed’s Biggest Challenges.’DLIAward_box_slider_600x575

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Oct. 25, 2016) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced former US Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D., will present the 2016 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) during a special awards luncheon, on Nov. 17, at the OLC Accelerate conference, in Orlando.

This is the first year of the DLIAwards competition, which recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. The award program is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Program.

“The mission of the OLC DLIAwards is to discover student-centered active learning solutions that advance the world of digital learning for all students,” Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director, Online Learning Consortium. “Dr. Kanter’s background and interests reflect the essence of this mission, and we are honored to have her joining us in Orlando to present our inaugural awards.”

From 2009 through 2013, Kanter served as the Under Secretary of Education in the Obama administration, where she oversaw policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education and federal student aid. Under Secretary Kanter and her team were keenly focused on improving college access, affordability, quality and completion.

Kanter currently serves as Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign and Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University. The Campaign is dedicated to the mission of ensuring college opportunity by supporting the development and expansion of College Promise programs in communities and states throughout the country.

On Nov. 15, the eve of the OLC Accelerate conference, DLIAward winners will attend a special pre-conference summit focused on “Scaling Solutions to Higher Ed’s Biggest Challenges.” The summit, which is by invitation, will be co-presented by OLC and the New Media Consortium (NMC).

More About the Digital Learning Innovation Awards

Submissions for the 2016 Digital Learning Innovation Award competition were accepted between March and June of 2016. Awards were determined by two rounds of review, first by a review team of institutional-level and higher education organization-level reviewers, who narrowed the field of submissions for final review by a national panel of judges.

The 2016 DLIAward judging panel was comprised of:

  • Larry Goldberg, Director of Accessible Media, Yahoo
  • Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents
  • Javier Miyares, President, UMUC
  • Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin
  • Wayne Smutz, Dean, UCLA Extension

Members of the 2016 DLIAward first-round review team included:

  • Niki Bray, Faculty/Instructional Designer, University of Memphis/WCET Adaptive Learning Fellow
  • Michael Goudzwaard, Instructional Designer, Dartmouth College
  • Sharon Goodall, Director of Innovations, Learning Design & Solutions, UMUC
  • Jeff King, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Emma Zone, Vice Provost, Colorado Technical University
  • Judy Komar, VP of Educational Technology, Colorado Technical University
  • Vanessa Peters, Education Researcher, SRI International
  • Phil Hill, Partner, MindWires LLC
  • Ray Batra, Higher-Ed Fellow, EdSurge HigherEd

More information about the DLIAward program is available at

Details about the OLC Accelerate conference can be found online at

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