Online Learning Consortium Announces 2015 Class of Fellows


NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, today announced its 2015 class of OLC Fellows. Recognizing exceptional professional excellence, the OLC Board of Directors confers the distinction upon individual members of the Consortium who have:

  • Outstanding and extraordinary qualifications in the field of online learning;
  • Significant experience in online learning or an allied field;
  • A record of distinguished service to OLC or the field; and
  • Extraordinary contributions or leadership in the field of online learning.

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The 2015 OLC Fellows have contributed to advancing quality, scale and breadth in online and blended education in areas represented by the OLC Pillars of learning effectiveness, access, faculty and student satisfaction and scale. The new Fellows will be recognized during a ceremony at the 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference(#OLC15), in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 14-16, 2015.

The 2015 OLC Fellows are:

  • Elizabeth Ciabocchi, St. John's University, for exemplary service to the Online Learning Consortium and exceptional leadership in blended and online learning administration and leadership development in private higher education institutions.
  • Charles Graham, Brigham Young University, for outstanding achievement in advancing theory, research and effective practice in online and blended learning.
  • Kathleen Ives, Online Learning Consortium, for her leadership in developing the OLC Institute and the transition from the foundation-supported Sloan Consortium to the Online Learning Consortium, a fully, self-sustaining member-supported, professional association.
  • Jack Wilson, University of Massachusetts, for his visionary leadership in online education as a professor, CEO of UMass Online and President of the University of Massachusetts and nationally recognized advocacy.

The four new Fellows join 38 individuals who have been recognized as Fellows of the Consortium since 2010.

The 2015 Special Board Awardee is Dian Stoskopf, for leadership and conceptualization of eArmyU with follow-up and collaboration with OLC to form a Council for Academic Management (CAM). This large scale online learning program resulted in the creation of unprecedented and widespread access for soldiers to quality educational opportunities.

Nominations for the 2015 class of Fellows were reviewed by the OLC Fellows Selection Committee, chaired by Cathy Cheal. Committee members are: Meg Benke, Burks Oakley, II,Patsy D. Moskal, Mary P. Niemiec, Anthony G. Picciano, Janet K. Poley and Raymond E. Schroeder.

About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, 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 for more information.  

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