The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of more than 450 institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, will present the 2003 awards at the 9th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida, November 15, 2003.
Since 1992 when the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation began giving grants to institutions for online learning initiatives, “We’ve gone from several hundred students enrolled in online education courses to two million,” said Frank Mayadas, President of Sloan-C. “This is in no small part due to the efforts of the individuals who have advanced the field and the institutions that are leading the way.”
The Sloan-C 2003 award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Teaching & Learning by an Individual will be awarded to Dr. Burks Oakley II, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois. Oakley is known internationally for his leadership activities, service, and contributions to the better understanding of online teaching and learning.
Dr. William Pelz of Herkimer County Community College will receive the Sloan-C 2003 award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Having taught more than eighty sections in a complete online format, Pelz leads faculty development efforts for the SUNY Learning Network, personally facilitating workshops at eight regional training locations throughout New York State more than one hundred days per year.
The award for Most Outstanding Online Teaching & Learning Program will be awarded to the University of Maryland University College for its Master of Distance Education (MDE). Its global student body of more than 300 students from 38 states and 12 nations are prepared to engage in the planning, design, implementation, delivery, and support of distance education and distance training programs.
Web.Campus.Stevens of the Stevens Institute of Technology will receive the Sloan-C award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Teaching & Learning Programming. WebCampus.Stevens’ graduate-level programs include some 160 courses and four online graduate degrees (CyberSecurity, Networked Information Systems, Microelectronics and Photonics, and Telecommunications Management) and 22 certificates. WebCampus.Stevens is co-sponsored by some of the most prominent engineering societies and industry associations, with combined membership greater than 800,000 worldwide: IEEE, ACM, ASME International, AICHE, SNAME, NECA, and the Global Wireless Education Consortium.
The award for Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning Faculty Development will be given to the University of Central Florida for its Faculty Development Initiative. Approximately 75% of all UCF faculty are engaged in teaching online courses, developing nearly 2,000 online courses, including 9 online degree programs and 6 online graduate certificates, with an annual growth rate of 35%.
The Sloan-C Awards Selection Committee for 2003 was comprised of James
J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus, University of Michigan, Judith S. Eaton,
President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, John V. Lombardi,
President, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Joseph McDonald, President,
Salish- Kootenai College, Sidney A. McPhee, President, Middle Tennessee
State University, William Messner, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin
Colleges, Diana Oblinger, Executive Director of Higher Education, Microsoft
Corporation, and Eric E. Fredericksen, Director of Distributed Learning
Services, Cornell University served as the non-voting committee chair.
The Sloan-C 2003 award for LEARNING EFFECTIVENESS will be awarded to Dr. Jeremy Dunning, of Indiana University Bloomington who designed a set of learning objects to be sharable and adaptable for various teaching styles. A move toward the next generation of learning objects, this practice is elegant in its simplicity and potential for multiple uses.
Dr. J. Olin Campbell, associate professor in instructional performance and technology at Brigham Young University, will receive the award for COST EFFECTIVENESS for sharing an outstanding project that uses simulated electronics laboratories to increase access and decrease trips to a physical lab, while achieving learning equivalent outcomes.
The award for ACCESS will be presented to Dr. Jimmy Reeves, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Dr. Doris Kimbrough, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Colorado at Denver for their development of home-based science laboratories which have enabled students to complete lab-based science courses in online.
Dr. Melody Thompson, Director of the American Center for the Study of Distance Education will receive the award for FACULTY SATISFACTION for a self-study research project that she and colleagues conducted at the Pennsylvania State University World Campus to help faculty and administrators better understand faculty workload.
The award for STUDENT SATISFACTION will be presented to Dr. James Theroux of the University of Massachusetts Amherst for sharing the practice of a Real-Time Case Method that provides access to real-time, real-world cases for students at several universities.The 2003 Sloan-C Awards will be presented at the 9th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida, on November 15, 2001. Effective Practices were nominated by the Sloan-C editors: Dr. Meg Benke of Empire State College, Dr. Tana Bishop of the University of Maryland University College, Dr. Melody Thompson of The Pennsylvania State University World Campus, Mr. John Sener of Sener Learning Services, and Dr. Karen Swan of Kent State University. Awardees were selected by were selected by an invited panel of judges: Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux, Director of the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board; Dr. Jacqueline Moloney, Dean of Continuing, Corporate and Distance Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Dr. George Otte, Director of Instructional Technology, City University of New York; Dr. Cornell Reinhart, Director of University without Walls, Skidmore College; Ms. Carol Scarafiotti, Dean of Instruction, Rio Salado College; Dr. Peter Shea, Director, State University of New York Learning Network; and Dr. Janet Moore, Chief Learning Officer, The Sloan Consortium at the Sloan Center for OnLine Learning at Olin and Babson Colleges in Needham, MA (non-voting chair).