OLC Announces Effective Practice Awards Honoring Innovation in Online Learning

Awards will be presented at next month’s #OLCInnovate conference, April 5-7, in New Orleans

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (March 2, 2017) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced recipients of its 2017 OLC Effective Practice Awards, recognizing effective techniques, strategies and practices that are shared by members of the OLC community to advance quality and access to online learning programs. The awards will be presented during the upcoming OLC Innovate (#OLCInnovate) conference, which takes place April 5-7, in New Orleans.

“We are delighted to recognize the outstanding commitment and accomplishments of this year’s Effective Practice honorees, each of whom has demonstrated a dedication to advancing online education,” said Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., chief executive officer and executive director, Online Learning Consortium.

Through the Effective Practice program, the OLC community shares techniques, strategies, and practices in online education that have worked effectively in their institution or program. Effective practices are peer reviewed and evaluated against OLC’s five pillars of quality in online education: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction, and scalability.

“We wish to congratulate and thank our 2017 Effective Practice honorees for sharing their innovative solutions to some of online learning’s most important challenges,” said Jill Buban, PhD, senior director of research & innovation for OLC and the OLC program advisor for Innovate 2017. “Their solutions and lessons learned offer valuable guidance for those creating and managing online learning programs and initiatives throughout the OLC community.”

The 2017 Effective Practice Awards recipients who will be recognized at OLC Innovate are:
● Diane Reddy, Dylan J. Barth and Raymond Fleming, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for “Increasing Online Learning Success Using a Learning Analytics Tool with Messaging about How to Study Productively”
● Joseph Rene Corbeil and Maria Elena Corbeil, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, for “Digital Badges: Motivating Learners to Excel While Adding Professional Value to Their College Degrees”
● Marlene Preston and Brandi Quesenberry, Virginia Tech, for “Innovation in Virtual Public Speaking: Applications Across Disciplines”
● Colleen Carmean and Jill Frankfort, University of Washington-Tacoma, for “Nudging Students to Success”
● Martin Mehl and Luanne Foss, Cal Poly, for “Digital Mentorship Competency”
● Anne-Marie Balzano, Ying-Ying Kuo and Scott Bauer, George Mason University, for “Establishing a Learning Community: The Educational Leadership (EDLE) Online Orientation Program”
● Laura Lynn and Rebecca Jobe, Walden University, for “The Doctoral Orientation to the Capstone (DOC): A Virtual Experience for First Year Online Doctoral Students”
● Linda Algozzini, Grady Batchelor, Shannon Voyles, Kim Bessolo and Valencia Gabay, American Public University System, for “Applying a Group Coaching and Mentoring Framework to Shift an Organization Culture”
● Jackie O’Flaherty, University of South Australia, for “Improving Learning, Engagement and Retention of Nursing Students Studying Fully Online, Using a Virtual Classroom Peer Coaching System”
● Sara Ombres, Angie Atwell, Cristina Cottom and Lisa Martino, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, for “Creating a Virtual Community of Practice for Online Adjunct Faculty”

A second round of effective practices will be awarded in the fall and presented at the OLC Accelerate conference. More information about the OLC Effective Practice Awards can be found online at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/olc-awards/effective-practices/.
Complete information about the OLC Innovate conference is available online at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/innovate.

About Online Learning Consortium
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications,
community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/ for more information.