Oklahoma Online Excellence Award

The purpose of the Online Learning Excellence Award is to recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate exemplary leadership, innovation, collaboration, and results that advance online and blended learning in the State of Oklahoma.

Awardees are selected based on the criteria listed below. Evidence should be provided that supports how the nominee demonstrates each of the criteria.

A diverse panel of reviewers will evaluate the submissions and select awardees to be recognized during the Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit in April 2019.

Submit A Nomination

Award Nominations Open: November 15, 2019

Award Nominations Due: January 31, 2020

 

The 2019 nomination period has ended. We look forward to receiving your 2020 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award nomination next year.

For questions related to the nomination process, please email Stacy Southerland at ssoutherland@uco.edu.

Award Criteria

Innovation

  • Innovation – The individual or team has been recognized for innovative, engaging, unique, and creative initiatives that advance online teaching and learning, disrupt normal processes, and meet a proven need. This innovation could take the form of a concept, project, tool, solution, program, pedagogy, or method.
  • Collaboration – The individual or team collaborates with other online education practitioners to provide leadership, share resources, and model innovative, creative practices in and approaches to online teaching and learning.
  • Impact, Results and Sustainability – The individual or team presents evidence of effectiveness and success, continuing assessment of effectiveness, and significant and sustainable impact.

Teaching

  • Pedagogy The individual demonstrates excellence in online teaching and learning environment design practices.
  • Innovation – The individual Integrates unique, innovative, creative, engaging, and effective instructional learning environment design practices.
  • Collaboration – The individual collaborates with other online educators to provide leadership, share resources, model effective online teaching practices, and mentor.
  • Results and Sustainability – The individual Presents evidence of measures for assessing excellence, effectiveness, and sustainability of online teaching practices.

Leadership:

Individual

  • Leadership The individual demonstrates a commitment to leadership in advancing the quality and excellence in online education within their institution and the State of Oklahoma.
  • Innovation The individual demonstrates a proven record of accomplishment in innovation and advancing progressive approaches to supporting student success in online and blended learning environments.
  • Collaboration The individual engages in collaborative opportunities to advance the quality and success of online education in the State of Oklahoma.
  • Results The individual consistently produces results that demonstrate exemplary success with initiatives.

Leadership:

Team, Program, or Institution

  • Leadership – The institution/team/program demonstrates transformative leadership in advancing the quality and excellence in online education within their institution and the State of Oklahoma.
  • Innovation – The institution/team/program demonstrates a proven track record of innovation and advancing progressive approaches to supporting student success in online and blended learning environments.
  • Collaboration – The institution/team/program engages in collaborative opportunities to advance the quality and success of online education in the State of Oklahoma.
  • Results – The institution/team/program consistently produces results that demonstrate exemplary success with initiatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum or maximum page, word, or character count limit for nominations?

No. Nominations should have a narrative that addresses criteria for the award category in question. Nominations should also present evidence. COLE and/or the OSRHE may determine that nominations without a narrative or without evidence do not qualify for the award.

Is a specific format required for the narrative or evidence files?
No. The nominator has the creative freedom to determine how best to frame the narrative and present supporting evidence.

However, it is recommended that programs and formats for the narrative be those that are widely available and used to ensure the files can be opened by each selection committee member.

For example, Word documents and Adobe .pdf files are good options for written materials video files should also be formatted so as to be easily opened and viewed with ease.

Is there a limit on the number of evidence files that may be included with a nomination?
No. The file name for each evidence file should clearly represent which nomination the evidence accompanies and the criteria it addresses.

Individual files may not exceed 30MB. FIles that exceed that limit, such as video files, may be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or a simliar option and linked through the narrative or other evidence information files.

May I submit screen shots of a website, module, et cetera, with nomination materials?
Yes. The file name for each evidence file should clearly represent which nomination the evidence accompanies and the criteria it addresses. However, if you have multiple screenshots or images, consider presenting them in a single document to faciltiate ease of access for reviewers.
May I mail additional material or copies of my submission(s) to the selection committee for consideration?
No submission materials will be accepted via mail. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted online via the awards website.
How should nominations for blended learning experiences be presented for awards that include online and blended contexts?
COLE considers blended courses a subset of online learning and the OOEA program includes consideration of blended initiatives and practices and their integration of online teaching methods and technologies with other delivery strategies.

The rubric referenced for the Oklahoma Online Excellence teaching award references “online/blended” teaching in the first section to indicate that blended teaching/initiatives were eligible for award consideration. Only the term “online” in criteria wording in order to render the readability of the rubric less cumbersome.

Effective teaching practices are universal regardless of the course delivery modality and largely related to learner success within a course environment. As such, evaluation of nominations that relate to blended learning will consider the integration of online facets of learning with the other learning environments/modalities teaching that the nomination entails.

Will nominations be evaluated by selection committee members from the nominated institution?
No. Nominations will be evaluated by committee members that are not affiliated with the individual, program, team, or institution nominated for an award.

In addition, members of COLE and/or the selection committee who are nominated for an award do not evaluate nominations in the category for which they have been nominated.

May I submit an award on behalf of someone else?
Yes. Given that nominees often have the most in-depth knowledge of their work, consider working closely the nominee to obtain information and evidence to support the nomination.
May I nominate myself?

Yes.

Are Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) members eligible for COLE awards?

Yes, with the exception of a COLE subcommittee nominated as a collective entity.

COLE members are active in leading online learning within their organizations so we expect that they might be nominated for awards. However, the activities presented for recognition should include significant activities external to work done for COLE committees and initiatives. A nomination for might reference some activities related to COLE participation as one facet of the narrative and/or evidence or COLE as one vehicle for sharing an initiative or innovation, but, activities and initiatives at the nominee’s home institution or professional online education organizations other than COLE should form a significiant part of the nomination narrative and supporting evidence.

If you aren’t sure if an individual or team qualifies for an award, please contact the selection committee chair with your questions. COLE is happy to help you determine how best to present your nomination idea.

May unsuccessful nominations from a previous year's award nomination cycle be resubmitted?

Yes. We have many strong nominees each year, but, unfortunately, only one award recipient per category and encourage and welcome resubmissions for nominations that weren’t previously selected for an award. It is recommended that materials for resubmitted nominations be reviewed for any items that you might want to update and, in some instances,  strengthen.

When the nominee is a team, how do I clarify that there are multiple nominees even though there is only one individual indicated in the nominee field?
The nomination form includes fields both for the nominee and for indicating the name as it should appear on the award. Indicate the team leader in the nominee field and use the ‘ame as it should appear on the award field to enter the collective team name or the names of all team members. If there are more than 3-4 team members, the group should be referenced collectively. For example, “Center for Teaching and Learning, Example Community College.”

The nomination narrative should also reference the group as a whole when describing accomplishments for which the team is being nomiated to help clarify that a team rather than only the team leader is being nominated.

Will my nomination materials be kept confidential?
Yes. All nominations and related materials are used for judging purposes only and will remain confidential.
Is there a limit to the number of submissions an individual or organization may submit?
No.
What is the absolute latest time and date for submitting a nomination?

11:59 PM CDT on the indicated nomination due date. This deadline allows the selection committee to complete its work before the opening of the COLE Learning Innovations Summit when awardees are announced and won’t be extended.

Will a recipient be recognized in each category every year?

That is the goal of the Oklahoma Online Excellence recognition program. However, there are circumstances in which there might not be an award or there might be multiple awards in one or more categories. The decision to make awards–whether one, multiple, or none in any given category–is at the discretion of OSRHE working in collaboration with the COLE Director and the COLE awards selection committee.

When will award winners be notified?
The OSRHE Oklahoma Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) will notify award recipients and non-recipients by e-mail approximately no later than the week before the COLE Learning Innovations Summit.
Is there a nomination fee?
No.

 2019 Selection Committee

  • Jake Boedecker, MS, Coordinator and Chair of Distance/Online Learning, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Kevin Buck, Associate Director-Learning Spaces, Information Technology, University of Oklahoma
  • Tamara Dawson, EdD, Associate Professor, Chair and Dean, Department of Business, Southern Nazarene University
  • Kathy Essmiller, MM, MS, Visiting Assistant Professor, OER Librarian & Library Liaison, Music and Theater, Oklahoma State University
  • Dana Lindon-Burgett, PhD, Associate Dean and LMA Administrator, e-Learning & Academic Outreach Division, Rose State College
  • Spence Pilcher, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Interim Chair, Department of Natural Sciences, Northeastern State University
  • Erin Ridgeway, MLIS, Electronic Resources and Periodicals Librarian, Al Harris Library, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Stacy Southerland, PhD, Professor of Spanish, Center for eLearning, University of Central Oklahoma, Committee Chair (Non-Voting)
  • Glenne’ Whisenhunt, PhD, Director, Center for Learning & Teaching, Oklahoma City Community College
  • Heather Wilburn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Tulsa Community College

Past Recipients

2018

2018 OOEA Recipients

2018 OOEA Recipients

Innovation

Mr. Randy Dominguez, Director of Online Learning at Tulsa Community College (TCC).

 

Online Learning Department

Tulsa Community College

Mr. Dominguez and his team are praised by colleagues across campus for their online faculty development project, “Ongoing Professional Development Plan for Faculty Who Teach Online”. This initiative targets improving online education outcomes by strengthening online teaching skill development for faculty. It requires full-time faculty to attend a recognized and significant training activity and meet the training outcome of demonstrating a proven effort to improve online course design or content. This innovative, three-year program gives faculty members the flexibility to select one of eight options, all with the goal of improving online teaching.

 

Teaching

Dr. Stacy Southerland, Professor of Spanish and CeCE Faculty Liaison, University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).

Dr. Stacy Southerland

University of Central Oklahoma

Dr. Southerland’s colleagues describe her online teaching and learning environment design practices as a “pillar of excellence.” She has been recognized for innovative, creative teaching with UCO’s Vanderford Initiative Award, given by UCO’s President Don Betz for exceptional initiative in support of character, civility, community and leadership and the USDLA Teaching Award. Her dedication to helping students learn online is evidenced in her effective online course design and teaching practices that support learner success in UCO’s online Elementary Spanish courses. Dr. Southerland’s commitment to helping students excel academically learn is evidenced by students comments expressing appreciation for her empathy for and understanding of their needs as second language learners, the high academic standards she sets, and her effectiveness in helping them achieve course outcomes.

 

Leadership: Individual

Dr. Gary Dotterer, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Gary Dotterer

Rogers State University

Dr. Dotterer is known as a “tireless advocate for student and faculty needs in online education.” As a leader in online teaching and learning, he led a major, university-wide initiative to migrate to a new learning management system. Dr. Dotterer demonstrated careful leadership in this process, resulting in the university’s distance education committee, faculty senate, and academic council unanimously voting to migrate to the same learning management system. His endeavors have yielded tangible results: even when on-ground enrollment has declined, online enrollment has continued to grow under his leadership.

 

Leadership: Team

University of Oklahoma (OU) Information Technology division

Courtney Kneifl, Eddie Huebsch, Zena Chatman Madi, Kevin Buck

Office of Information Technology

 University of Oklahoma

OU Information Technology (OU IT) is a nationally recognized, leading information technology organization in higher education. It has demonstrated ongoing excellence in user experience, community engagement, and innovation on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. OU IT has successfully promoted student engagement. Office staff recognize that the process of coming to college can be overwhelming with new people to meet, a new place to live, classes to locate, and jobs to find, all in addition to coursework that is far more challenging than anything students have previously experienced. To make this time less stressful, OU IT ensures that students can quickly and easily access the IT resources they need. Additionally, the team recently undertook a campus-wide transition of OU’s online learning management system. To prepare students for this transition, the team refreshed the university’s Tech Bootcamp course to showcase the new LMS. By adding multimedia content and offering incentives for participation, the team has increased student engagement with technology used to complete coursework.

2017 Award Recipients