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 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) rubric. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate a course or volunteer to be a course reviewer. 

Faculty members with nominated courses must self-evaluate by completing the ECP 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 in the fall 2016 semester.

The Office of e-Learning staff will conduct training on the ECP 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 e-learning@uncw.edu by December 3rd, 2015.

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 Blackboard Exemplary Course (ECP) 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 (e-learning@uncw.edu) 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 26, 2016.

2016 Timeline

Call for Nominations – October through December 2015
Nomination Deadline – Decemebr 3, 2015
Nominees notified to prepare materials – December, 2015
Material submission deadline – February 26, 2016
Reviewer Training - February 24 and 25, 2016
Nominee Review – March through May 2016
Award Presented – Fall 2016 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

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