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Excellence in Online Course Design and Teaching (Credit/Non-Credit)

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To recognize faculty and/or staff members who demonstrate course development and pedagogical excellence as the instructor of a course. These awards recognize professional accomplishment and promote creative and effective approaches to learning that are delivered via 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 program must have been conducted within the previous two years.


A 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, a faculty or staff member must have developed or taught a credit or noncredit 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, timely content, and appropriate use of technology
  • Effective application of innovation which enhanced student learning
  • Positive impact on the clientele served, as reflected by program evaluations (formative and summative) or other documentation of impact

Evaluation Rubric

Applicant Background Information

Possible Expectations: Information requested in this section is complete
Scoring: Yes/No

Well-designed approach to course development

Impact Areas: Course Development
Possible Expectations: Course overview and Introduction

  • Needs assessment
  • Learner analyses
  • Instructional strategies
  • Clear learning objectives (competencies)
  • Evidence of timely content
  • Appropriate use of technology

Scoring: 20 points

Effective application of the innovation which enabled student learning

Impact Areas: Technology/Resources
Possible Expectations:

  • Creative and innovative learning activities
  • Accessibility and Usability

Scoring: 20 points

Positive impact on the clientele served

Impact Areas: Student Feedback
Possible Expectations: Quantitative Data from course evaluations

  • Course development and delivery
  • Interaction with instructors and classmates
  • Feedback from instructor
  • Responsiveness of the instructor
  • Available resources/Learner support

Scoring: 20 points


Impact Areas: Department support
Possible Expectations: Letters of recommendation from Dean, Department Head and/or colleagues
Scoring: Yes/No

Award Recipients

Cash award of $2,500 (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.

Previous Recipients:


Credit: Mark Mabrito, Professor of English, Purdue Northwest: ENGL 43500 Writing for Digital Media

Non-credit: Christian Butzke, Professor, Food Science, West Lafayette, and Yu-Ju Lin, Senior Instructional Designer, Teaching and Learning Technologies, West Lafayette: non-credit instance of the course FS 47000 Wine Appreciation


Credit: Jennifer Simpson, Clinical Professor and Associate Head of SLHS, Director of Clinical Education in Audiology, West Lafayette, and Michael Heinz, Professor of SLHS and BME, West Lafayette: SLHS 61900 Integrative Audiology Grand Rounds

Credit: Jennifer Hughes, Limited Term Lecturer, English, West Lafayette: English 10600 First-Year Composition

Non-credit: Rebecca Herman, Graduate Business Professor, Purdue Global, and Randy Roberts, 150th Anniversary Professor and Distinguished Professor of History, West Lafayette: Take Me Out to the Ballgame: 150 Years


Credit: Melissa Kenzig, Public Health Graduate Program, HHS, HK 57601: Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior


Non-credit: Bruce Erickson, agronomy education distance and outreach director and adjunct assistant professor, West Lafayette; Debbie Runshe, instructional designer, Course Design and Development group of IT Teaching and Learning Technologies, West Lafayette; and Janine Black, Agronomy e-Learning project manager, West Lafayette
Credit: Mark Mabrito, associate professor of English, Purdue University Northwest


Non-credit: Dr. Bruce Erickson, Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Janine Black, Debra Runshe - Precision Agriculture
Credit: Dr. Charlene Sullivan, Krannert School of Management


Credit Undergraduate: Kimberly Kinzig, PSY 222, Introduction to Behavioral Neurosciences
Credit Graduate: Victoria Walker and Iryna Ashby, EDCI 569, Introduction to E-learning
Non-credit: James Krogmeier, Purdue NExT course, Applied Signal Processing Systems


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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