Online Learning Consortium Announces 2022 OLC Innovate Award Winners


Institutions and scholars honored for their contributions to online education

BOSTON, April 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, announces the winners of the 2022 OLC Innovate Award, honoring accomplished institutions and educators working in the field of higher education. online learning.

“We are pleased to honor these outstanding institutions and educators for their innovative efforts in the areas of online, blended, and digital learning,” said Dr. Jennifer Mathes, President and CEO, Online Learning Consortium. “Their efforts with their colleagues and other institutions present leading programs in the field of education.”

OLC Innovate Award Winners

NOVA online, Northern Virginia Community College“Starting the online college experience for students.” Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has partnered with local public high schools to schedule cohorts of tuition-free online courses available to approximately 70,000 qualified individuals Northern Virginia Secondary school students. This opportunity (named First online college) targets high school juniors and seniors to kick-start their higher education experience and earn college credit by taking up to two online courses per semester in addition to their high school classes.

Oregon State University Ecampus and Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University Ecampus, “OSU Virtual Chemistry Laboratory Platform.” The OSU Ecampus multimedia team and the chemistry department have developed a virtual platform interactive chemistry lab platform and 28 laboratories. In the past year alone, 1,416 students (unduplicated headcount) completed 10,481 credit hours in chemistry courses using this lab platform. These students are mostly undergraduate students seeking degrees in fully online programs, but a significant number are non-graduate students who transfer these credits to other institutions that do not offer chemistry. online or are post-baccalaureate students.

dr. caroline stevenson and dr. Michele Riley, Purdue University Global, “The Alternative Credit Center at Purdue Global: Open Degree Programs, Portfolios, and Assessment.” The Purdue Global Alternative Credit Center offers opportunities for degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. It accepts qualifying credit through portfolio development, open learning courses, course assessments, and work/life experience. Purdue University Global offers free online services and one-on-one mentorship to help learners identify and organize prior professional and personal experiences and skills that could count toward a degree or career advancement.

Online learning Deanship, King Khiled University, “E-Lab electronic laboratory platform”. The E-Learning Dean of KKU has developed E-Lab, which is an open platform, the main purpose of which is to explain scientific concepts in a simplified and enjoyable form. The platform enabled students to access equal learning opportunities by providing electronically accessible learning resources anytime and from anywhere. The platform has helped KKU deal with urgent circumstances potentially preventing students from accessing physical labs (such as the COVID-19 crisis).

Recipient of the OLC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship

dr. Kim Grewe is an instructional designer, teacher and OER manager at Northern Virginia Community College distance learning center, NOVA Online; a curriculum developer and online course facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium; a curriculum developer for the Regional Leaders of Open Education (RLOE) network; and a curriculum developer and online course facilitator for Open for Antiracism [a project led by the Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER) and College of the Canyons]. Regarding his most recent work on authentic assessment, one nominator shares, “. . . [Dr. Grewe] worked to expand access and equity across the Commonwealth by seeking opportunities to assess learning by challenging historically acceptable approaches to assessment. Dr Grewe collaborated to create a robust campaign to engage thought leaders across Virginia in designing authentic, unbiased, culturally appropriate assessments. »

About OLC Innovate 2022

OLC Innovate 2022a joint conference presented by OLC and MERLOT, offers innovators of all experience levels and backgrounds a way to share best practices, test new ideas and collaborate to advance online, digital and blended learning .

This year’s conference will be held virtually (March 28April 1, 2022) and on site (April 11 – 14, 2022) at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in dallas.

Join us as we challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and imagine how today’s educational disruptions will shape tomorrow’s innovative classroom.

About the e-Learning Consortium

the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of 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’s growing community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies, and businesses. Visit for more information.

Media contact:

Michel Chmura
Director, Communications and Community Relations
Online Learning Consortium
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