Office of e-Learning

Excellence in e-Learning Award

Call for Nominations and Faculty Reviewers

The Excellence in e-Learning award recognizes faculty members for outstanding online course design and delivery. Winners are selected by a committee of volunteer faculty reviewers and instructional designers from the Office of e-Learning. Courses are rated using the Quality Matters rubric. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate a course or volunteer to be a course reviewer. Beginning in 2017 the award recipient will receive a $1000 stipend in addition to the plaque awarded each year.

Faculty members with nominated courses must self-evaluate by completing the Quality Matters rubric with justifications as part of the required submission materials. Each course nominated will be reviewed by 2 - 4 faculty members. The Office of e-Learning will compile the results and announce the winner at the beginning of Fall 2017 semester.

The Office of e-Learning staff will conduct training on the Quality Matters rubric for volunteer faculty reviewers. Each faculty reviewer will be assigned 1 - 2 courses to evaluate, depending on how many courses are nominated. The reviewers will have approximately 2 months to complete the evaluation.

Please submit nominations or volunteer to be a course reviewer via e-mail to by December 3rd, 2016.

Nature of Award and Recognition

The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in online and web-enhanced course design. There shall be one Excellence in e-learning award recipient each year. Announcement and presentation of the award will be made at the Fall Faculty meeting.

Criteria for Nomination and Selection

The criteria for nomination are outlined in the Quality Matters Rubric:

Procedures for Nomination and Selection

Any faculty member may nominate another faculty member or themselves via a letter to the office of e-learning ( stating the basis for his/her nomination based on the following requirements:

  1. Full-time or part-time faculty teaching a fully online or blended course
  2. Tenure or non-tenure track faculty teaching a fully online or blended course
  3. Innovative and/or effective use of instructional technologies
  4. Nominees must submit a self-evaluation of their course using the ECP rubric to be considered by February 24, 2017.

2016 Timeline

Call for Nominations - October through December 2016
Nomination Deadline - Decemebr 3, 2016
Nominees notified to prepare materials - December, 2016
Material submission deadline - February 24, 2017
Reviewer Training - February 27 and 28, 2017
Nominee Review - March through May 2017
Award Presented - Fall 2017 Faculty Meeting

Previous Winners

Dr. Ashlee Balena - College of Arts and Sciences, 2015

Salena Rabidoux - Watson College of Education, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Crawford - Watson College of Education, 2013