TO:               Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

FROM:           Mary A. Sadowski, Dean
                    Purdue Extended Campus

DATE:           January 28, 2015

SUBJECT:      2015 Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning


Please consider nominating an online learning activity (course, seminar, or workshop) for the 2015 Purdue University Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning. Two cash awards of $1,000 are funded by the Office of the Provost, one each for a credit and a noncredit distance learning activity conducted through Purdue. These awards will recognize faculty or staff members who demonstrate excellence in distance learning projects. Additionally, they are intended to publicize and promote creative and innovative approaches to developing online learning opportunities for on-campus students and students in online programs.

Please publicize to your faculty and staff the availability of these awards and encourage applications to be submitted by February 27, 2015. The Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning will be recognized at the Provost’s Faculty Awards Convocation on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Award winners may be invited by Purdue Extended Campus (PEC) to present a seminar on their work so that colleagues can see the exciting work performed.

The nomination form is available at If you have questions, please contact Mary Sadowski at or (765) 496-2321.




Purdue University

2015 Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning


Purpose:  These awards recognize faculty, instructors, or staff members who demonstrate excellence in the development or teaching of a distance or online learning activity (course, workshop, or seminar). Awards are intended to recognize professional accomplishment and to publicize and promote creative and effective approaches to distance/online learning.

Awards:  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). Award certificates will be presented at the Provost’s Faculty Awards Convocation in May.

Eligibility:  Awards are open to faculty, instructors, or staff members, as individuals or as a team, across all Purdue system campuses. In the event a team wins an award, the $1,000 award will be divided equally among team members. At least one of the nominees for each award must be a current faculty, instructor, or staff member at Purdue. The related distance/online learning activity must have been offered within the previous two years.

Definitions:  Distance and online learning activities are defined as an organized set of instructional objectives, content, and processes presented to learners who are separated from the instructor – in space or time – and from the traditional on-campus classroom. Examples of learning activities include, but are not limited to, credit courses, short training sessions, workshops, and seminars.

Nomination criteria:  To qualify for the Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, the nominee must have developed or taught a credit or noncredit learning activity that clearly demonstrates each of the following:

All documents must be submitted electronically from the nomination site at Questions or comments can be addressed to Mary Sadowski, Dean Purdue Extended Campus, at or at 765-496-2321.


Deadline to receive applications or nominations is end of the day, Friday, February 27, 2015.