Online Learning Consortium Announces 2019 Class of OLC Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The new class of OLC Fellows will be recognized for exceptional contributions to the field of digital and online learning during a ceremony at next month’s OLC Accelerate 2019 conference in Orlando.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Oct. 16, 2019) – The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced the 2019 class of OLC Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the field of online, blended and digital learning. They are:

  • I. Elaine Allen, Ph.D., Co-Director, Babson Survey Research Group, was nominated by Anthony Picciano, on behalf of the OLC Fellow Selection Committee, for her work and dedication to the field of online learning through her outstanding contribution to the research of online and blended learning.
  • Angela Gunder, Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development, The University of Arizona, was nominated by Jane Moore, for her dedication to service, innovation, scholarship and students in online learning.
  • Kadriye O. Lewis, Ed.D., Director of Evaluation and Program Development, Graduate Medical Education, Children's Mercy Hospitals, and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, was nominated by Jennifer McVay-Dyche, for her work and dedication to advance online learning for health professions and medical education.
  • Russell Poulin, Executive Director, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET),  was nominated by Mary Niemiec, on behalf of the OLC Fellow Selection Committee, for his engagement and advocacy for rational and student-focused higher education policy on behalf of the national online learning community.
  • Jeff Seaman, Ph.D., Co-Director, Babson Survey Research Group, was nominated by Anthony Picciano, on behalf of the OLC Fellow Selection Committee, for his long-term commitment to national research and role in raising awareness of online learning, which exemplifies the Fellows designation.
  • Kaye Shelton, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Leadership in the Center for Doctoral Studies, Lamar University, was nominated by Tilisa Thibodeaux, for her passion for improving the quality of online teaching and learning, advancing research and scholarship, and service to the profession.

“We congratulate the members of the 2019 class of OLC Fellows, each of whom has demonstrated significant contributions to advancing quality, scale and breadth in digital, blended, and online education, with an impact on learning effectiveness, access, and faculty and student satisfaction,” said Eric Fredericksen, Ed.D., President of the OLC Board of Directors. 

Recognition as an OLC Fellow is conferred by the OLC Board of Directors on those who have demonstrated: 

  • outstanding contributions to and accomplishments in the field of online learning
  • significant engagement and participation in the field of online learning
  • extraordinary engagement and participation with the Online Learning Consortium

Fellows will be recognized during a ceremony at OLC Accelerate 2019 (#OLCAccelerate), which takes place Nov. 19-22, in Orlando.

Members of the 2019 class of OLC Fellows join 51 individuals who have been recognized since 2010. More information regarding the OLC Fellows Program is available online at: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/olc-awards/olc-fellows/.  

About Online Learning Consortium 

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research and expert guidance. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit http://onlinelearningconsortium.org for more information.

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