Online Learning Consortium Opens Call for Submissions for 2018 Digital Learning Innovation Award Competition

Now in its third year, the OLC #DLIAward competition recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (June 5, 2018) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital teaching and learning worldwide, today announced it is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Digital Learning Innovation Award competition. Now in its third year, the #DLIAward competition recognizes exemplary higher education faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware in undergraduate programs.

“The DLIAward program is keenly focused on recognizing those institutions and faculty teams that are truly being innovative, creative, and dedicated to advancing digital learning for all students,” said Kathleen Ives, D.M., chief executive officer and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. “By providing this platform for more institutions to add their own digital courseware experiences to what is currently known in the field, we can better understand design features, implementation strategies and student-related outcomes.”

Submissions from accredited U.S.-based applicants will be accepted through July 31, 2018 in two categories: Institution and Faculty-Led Team. Eligible implementations are those that are already underway, sustained or in a revision cycle. In 2018, judges will be looking for DLIAward submissions that:

  • Have improved student success among underrepresented student groups, especially among low income, minority and first-generation students;
  • Clearly define a barrier and demonstrate how it was overcome through an effective use of digital courseware; and
  • Demonstrate sustainability, scalability and replicability of the successful courseware implementation.

“The 2018 DLIAward program offers us the opportunity to discover and recognize instructive success stories that other institutions can consider as they strategize their own digital courseware initiatives,” said Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D., chief strategy officer for the Online Learning Consortium.

DLIAward Online Submission Form, Webinars and Resources

Award criteria, definitions, evaluation rubric, application, key dates, schedule of informational webinars and other resources are available online at  

OLC will host two informational webinars on June 6 and June 28 to provide institutions and courseware providers with essential information about the DLIAward and submission process. Visit the OLC Webinars page for more details and online registration.

For more background on the DLIAward competition, including profiles of prior honorees, visit  

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.