Online Learning Consortium Announces 2018 OLC Fellows, Effective Practice Awardees and Scholarship Recipients!

Dear Commons Community,

The Online Learning Consortium yesterday announced its annual awards for contributions to the field of online and digital learning.  This year’s class of Fellows, effective practice awardees and scholarship recipients represent extraordinary examples of the innovation that is happening in education. Honorees will be recognized at the upcoming OLC ACCELERATE Conference, Nov. 14-16, in Orlando.  The official announcement is below.

Congratulations to all!



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The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced the 2018 class of OLC Fellows as well as recipients of the 2018 Effective Practice Awards, the 2018 Bruce N. Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence and the Women in Digital Learning Leadership Scholarship. All honorees will be recognized at the upcoming OLC Accelerate 2018 (#OLCAccelerate) conference, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 14-16.

“Members of the OLC community continually strive to develop and deliver quality digital learning experiences,” said Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and Executive Director, Online Learning Consortium. “This year’s class of Fellows, effective practice awardees and scholarship recipients represent extraordinary examples of the innovation happening in online and digital education. We thank them for their dedication to quality across digital teaching and learning and congratulate them on their success.”

2018 OLC Fellows

Recognition as an OLC Fellow is conferred by the OLC Board of Directors on those who have contributed to advancing quality, effectiveness and breadth in online and blended education in areas represented by the OLC Pillars: learning effectiveness, access, faculty and student satisfaction and scale.

“On behalf of the OLC Board of Directors, I congratulate this year’s class of OLC Fellows for the exceptional professional excellence they have demonstrated through their leadership and service to the field of digital learning,” said Eric Fredericksen, Ed.D., President, OLC Board of Directors, and Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester.

Named to the 2018 class of OLC Fellows are:

  • Linda Enghagen, J.D., Associate Dean, Graduate & Professional Programs, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst
  • Fred Hurst, Ph.D., Vice President, Academic Advancement, Western Governors University
  • Jeffrey Seaman, Ph.D., Director, Babson Survey Research Group, Babson College
  • Norman Vaughan, Ph.D., Professor, Mount Royal University

2018 Effective Practice Awards, Recognizing Effective Practices in Digital Education

OLC’s Effective Practice Awards recognize effective techniques, strategies and practices that are shared by members of the OLC community to advance quality and access to online programs.

“Members of the OLC community continually strive to make quality online education accessible and affordable for the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, at any time,” said Devon Cancilla, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Online Learning Consortium. “The OLC Effective Practice Awards recognize this commitment and provide a way for members to demonstrate what’s working in online education and share best practices their peers can apply in their own programs.”

Two rounds of Effective Practices are awarded annually. The first round is awarded each spring at the OLC Innovate conference. The second and current round of 2018 Effective Practice Awards, to be presented at the OLC Accelerate conference, includes:

  • “Online Learning Efficacy Research Database” – Katie Linder, Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Oregon State University
  • “The Online Student Support Services Scorecard Implementation,” Victoria Brown, Kamarie B. Carter, Dana R. Willett, Joshua Z. Book; Florida State University System, Texas State System
  • “Eliminating Redundancies in Online Learning Material,” Michael Scott Brown, Lewis Williams; University of Maryland University College
  • “#SquadGoalsNetwork – Remixing the Personal Learning Network,” Angela Gunder, Jessica L. Knott, Ryan Straight, Clark Shah-Nelson, Keegan Long-Wheeler, Benjamin Scragg, John Stewart; The University of Arizona, Michigan State University, The University of Maryland, The University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University
  • “Elevating Participation and Outcomes with Digitized Assessments in Large-enrollment Foundational STEM Curricula: An Immersive Development Workshop for STEM Faculty,” Ronald DeMara, Baiyun Chen, Charles Hartshorne; University of Central Florida
  • “Science & UniReady: Tailoring an Online Preparatory Workshop for Successful University Transition and Academic Performance in Health Sciences,” Jacqueline O’Flaherty, University of South Australia
  • “Flipped Student Services Model,” Chelsea Caile McNeely, Robin Grebing, Leah Michel; Southeast Missouri State, Maryville University

2018 Scholarship Recipients

OLC announced today that Niki Bray, Ed.D., Instructor and Instructional Designer, University of Memphis, is the recipient of the 2018 Bruce N. Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence. The scholarship was established in recognition of OLC’s former CEO, Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux, who was devoted to supporting leaders in online learning. It recognizes individuals who achieve extraordinary accomplishments in the field of online education at an early stage in their careers.

OLC also announced today that Darryl Draper-Amasonn, Provost Fellow, College of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Old Dominion University, is the recipient of OLC’s 2018 Women in Digital Learning Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor women in the field of digital learning who exemplify leadership qualities and who contribute to the field through the adoption of innovative practices or the contribution of new research to the field.

About OLC’s Award Programs

Complete details about OLC’s award programs may be found online:

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.

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