Online Learning Consortium Announces Recipients of 2020 OLC Effective Practice Awards

Effective Practices encompass effective techniques, strategies and practices that help advance quality and access to online learning programs.

BOSTON, Mass. (May 19, 2020) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced the recipients of the 2020 OLC Effective Practice Awards. OLC’s Effective Practice Awards recognize effective techniques, strategies and practices that are shared by members of the OLC community to advance quality and access to online learning programs. 

“This year’s Effective Practice Award recipients represent extraordinary examples of the innovation happening in digital teaching and learning today,” said Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Online Learning Consortium. “We thank them for their dedication to quality and congratulate them on their success.”

 “Members of the OLC community continually strive to make quality online education accessible and affordable for the modern learner,” said Lynette O’Keefe, Ph.D., Director, OLC Research Center, Online Learning Consortium. “The OLC Effective Practice Awards recognize this commitment and provide an opportunity for members to demonstrate what’s working in online education and share best practices that their peers can apply in their own programs.”

The 2020 OLC Effective Practice Award recipients are:

  • Enhancing Skills-Based Education Through Video Feedback” – Miles Mitchell, M.E., Anne Lanute, M.A., Jamie Holcomb, M.M., Janet Rorschach, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
  • “SNHU Arboretum Collaboration: Growing Experiential Learning Opportunities for Online Students” – Jill Nugent, M.S., Sue McKenzie, Ed.D., Kelly Thrippleton-Hunter, Ph.D., Mike Weinstein, M.S., Southern New Hampshire University
  • “HeaRT: A Model for Solving Workplace Problems with Effective Practice” – Stacey Rosenberg, D.N.P., Toni Clayton, Ph.D., Jan Wyatt, Ph.D., Denise Bisaillon, Ed.D., Beth VanOrsdale, D.N.P, and Laurie Lewis, Southern New Hampshire University 
  • “Online Student Support Squad” – Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., Courtney Bondi, M.A., Veronica Wilson, M.A., Gina DiMartino, M.A., National Louis University
  • “University of Hawai’i Online 5-Week Professional Development” – Dorothy Hirata, Ph.D., Hui-Ya Chuang, Ph.D., Hong Ngo, Ph.D., Matt Parcon, M.Ed., Alice Swift, Ph.D., Marisa Yamada, Ph.D., University of Hawai’i

Honorees will be recognized during the OLC Innovate™ 2020 Virtual conference (#OLCInnovate), taking place online June 15-26. OLC and conference partner MERLOT recently announced the annual event is moving to an all-virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference program includes an exciting lineup of speakers, including keynotes by Martin Weller, e-learning pioneer and Director of The Open Education Research Hub and Director of the GO-GN Network, and Maha Bali, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching for American University in Cairo. Martin’s talk will examine “25 Years of Ed Tech – Or Why Understanding Some History Is Useful in the Pandemic.” Bali will discuss “Centering Critical Care During Crises.” For more information about OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual, visit

Effective Practices are recognized twice each year at OLC’s Innovate and Accelerate conferences. 

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 for more information.