2016 Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning

Introduction to Award

Digital Education and the Office of the Provost are pleased to support the annual Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning.

Two cash awards of $1,000 are available - one each for credit-granting and noncredit-granting learning activities conducted through Purdue University (applicable taxes will be deducted). Certificates of recognition, suitable for framing, will also be presented to the recipients. The awards will be presented at the Provost’s Faculty Awards Convocation in April.

Purpose of the Awards

To recognize faculty or staff members who demonstrate excellence in the development or teaching of a distance learning activity (course, workshop, or seminar). These awards are intended to recognize professional accomplishment and to publicize and promote creative and effective approaches to learning that are delivered via distance learning media.


The award is open to faculty and staff members (individuals or a team) at all campuses within the Purdue University system. In the event two or more individuals are nominated for an award as a team, the award will be divided equally among the recipients. At least one of the nominees for each award must be a current faculty or staff member at Purdue. The related distance learning accomplishment or activity must have been offered or conducted within the previous two years.


A distance learning activity comprises an organized set of instructional objectives, content, and processes designed to be presented to learners who are separated (in space or time) from the instructor or from traditional on-campus classrooms. Examples of learning activities include, but are not limited to, credit courses, short courses, workshops, and seminars.

Nomination criteria

To quality for an award for excellence in distance learning, a faculty or staff member must have developed or taught a credit or noncredit distance learning activity (or collection of activities) that clearly demonstrates each of the following:

  • A well-designed approach to instruction, including elements such as needs assessment, learner analyses, instructional strategies, evidence of timely content, and appropriate use of technology
  • Effective application of distance learning methods and best practices which enable student learning
  • Positive impact on the clientele served, as reflected by program evaluations (formative and summative) or other documentation of appropriate measures


Applications must be received no later than Monday, February 29, 2016.

Previous Recipients

Year 2015

Credit: Laura Downey, Management, Management 323: Introduction to Market Analysis (undergraduate)
Karla Ross, MSN, ANP-BC, Nursing, NUR 507 Physiological Concepts for the Advanced Practice Nurse (graduate)
Wei Hong, School of Languages and Cultures, Chinese 101 and 102 (Online Innovation Award)
Non-Credit: Dr. Bruce Erickson, Dr. Joseph Anderson, Dr. Keith Johnson, Dr. John Graveel, Agronomy; Deb Runshe, IT Teaching & Learning Technologies (Team), Agronomy Essentials

Year 2014

Credit: Christabel Rogalin, Sociology, Sociology 320: The Sociology of Marriage
Non-Credit: Mark Lundstrom, Electrical and Computer Engineering, nanoHUB-U

Year 2013

Credit: Michael Boehlje and Michael Gunderson, Agricultural Economics Interconnecting the Concepts of AGEC 684: Applied Quantitative Methods for Decision Making and AGEC 681: Economics for Food and Agribusiness Managers
Non-credit: Supriyo Datta, Electrical and Computer Engineering nanoHUB-U Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics

Year 2012

Credit: Erin Bowen, Technology Leadership & Innovation Measurement and Evaluation for Industry and Technology
Non-credit: Liza Braunlich, Center for Food and Agricultural Business Introduction to Agronomics

Year 2011

Credit: Deborah Fleetham, Liberal Arts History 104, Introduction to the Modern World
Non-credit: Amy Mobley, Lauren Neuenschwander, Melissa Maulding, Joan Crow, Eric Adams, Foods and Nutrition - Small Steps to Health Online team

Year 2010

Credit: Ellen Gundlach, Statistics STAT 301: Elementary Statistical Methods
Non-credit: Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy Jane Frankenberger, Director Laura Esman, Brent Ladd

Year 2009

Credit: Robert Yale, Communication COM 11400: Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Non-credit: Not awarded

Year 2008

Credit: Paige Allen, Vet Tech DL Program VCS 145: Principles of Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians I
Non-credit: Nathan Hartman & Patrick Connolly, CGT Product Lifecycle Management Certificate Program

Year 2007

Credit: Alan Zillich, Pharmacy Practice CLPH 490P: Tobacco Dependence and Treatment for Health Care Professionals
Non-credit: Not awarded

Year 2006

Credit: Jennifer Richardson, Curriculum & Instruction EDCI 564: Integration and Management of Computers in Education
Non-credit: Not awarded

Year 2005

Credit: Kathryn Orvis, YDAE & Hort & Landscape Architecture HORT 590G: Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology
Non-credit: Robert Bennett, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Internet-Based Diabetes Self-Management Certificate Program

Year 2004

Credit: Charles Calahan, CDFS CDFS 590A: Designing Child and Family Programs
Non-credit: Dee Love, CDFS Purdue Extension Early Care and Education Training Program

Year 2003

Credit: Joy Colwell, Manufacturing Engrg Technology & Supervision, Calumet Pretest, Tutorial and Course Assessments in OLS 252 and OLS 477
Non-credit: Not awarded

Year 2002

Credit: Jay Akridge, Ag Econ Executive MBA in Agribusiness
Non-credit: Jane Kirkpatrick, Nursing Gestational Age Assessment and APGAR Scoring CD

Year 2001

Credit: Peggy Ertmer, Education, Facilitating Apprenticeship Experiences in Instructional Design
Non-credit: Mickey Latour, Animal Sciences, Incubators in the Classroom

Submit A Nomination
Submission Form

Monday, February 29, 2016


Questions may be directed to Maricel Lawrence, Associate Director for Digital Education, at lawren36@purdue.edu or 494-1664

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