2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award - Information Session

June 14, 2017 | 1:00pm ET

Learn about OLC’s 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award, an award for excellence in digital courseware initiatives that drive meaningful change in closing the degree completion gap for underrepresented college students. To accelerate the adoption of digital courseware for foundation or gateway courses, OLC is awarding scalable initiatives evidencing undergraduate student success.


Awards levels:

Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)

Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)


This informational webinar will detail:

  • Award Overview

  • Submission Criteria

  • Scoring Rubric

  • Awardee Responsibilities

  • Key Dates

This webinar is essential for any institution or courseware provider with digital courseware initiatives that evidence undergraduate student success.

Speaker Bio
Nori_257x257Nori Barajas-Murphy, Grant Project Director

Nori has worked in education for over 25 years as an educator, faculty developer, and grant specialist.

She has acted as the project director for two Title V HSI grants at a private university in Southern California. For the Title V Part B Graduate Grant, she was the project lead for developing a 4-course certificate in Online Course Design aimed at K12 teachers. In her role as the grant director in the Title V Part A Coop Undergraduate Grant, she oversaw collaboration between a community college partner focusing on increasing the number of underrepresented students completing a 4-year degree in education. As part of the grant activity, Nori also lead an instructional design team in the complete redesign of the undergraduate Educational Studies Program, bringing Instructional Design services to the university for the first time. Nori also served as the team lead and grant writer for the development of a third Title V grant, focusing on Competence & Connection. Additionally, Nori has served as a grant groomer and grant selection committee member for a variety of K12 grants including Digital High School and Knox Grants.

Prior to and concurrent with her role on grants, Nori worked extensively in faculty development. She has developed a 6-module certification program for faculty to transition to online or blended teaching, she has developed an innovative digital scholarship training series in collaboration with university librarians, and she has developed comprehensive multi-year training programs for institutional roll outs of new student information systems at two large K12 school districts.

Nori has taught online for over 6 years and has researched the differences in best practices between synchronous and asynchronous course delivery. In addition to her foray into online education, Nori has taught for over 20 years in K12 and higher education. She is a Google Certified Educator and an American Heroes in Education Award winner.

She is currently working on her Ed. D.. Her research interests include the pedagogical best practices in online synchronous learning environments, teasing apart the reasons students prefer print text over digital text for learning, and the development of a digital text taxonomy advancing the transformation of adaptive and responsive course content.

Nori shares her life with a madman who coordinates logistics for the extreme sports and with their 15 year old daughter. None likes schedules or bedtimes.