Office of e-Learning

Excellence in e-Learning Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Excellence in e-Learning award recipent
Dr. Elizabeth Gazza!!!!

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. 

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 2018 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 8th, 2017.

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 QM rubric to be considered by February 23, 2018.

2018 Timeline

Call for Nominations - October through December 2017
Nomination Deadline - December 8, 2017
Nominees notified to prepare materials - December, 2017
Call for volunteer reviewers December 2017 - February 2018
Material submission deadline - February 23, 2018
Reviewer Training - February 27 and 28, 2018
Nominee Review - March through May 2018
Award Presented - Fall 2018 Faculty Meeting

Previous Winners

Megan Blumenthal - College of Arts and Sciences, 2016

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

Salena Rabidoux - Watson College of Education, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Crawford - Watson College of Education, 2013