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Purdue Online MVP: Instructional Design and Support Award

Apply by February 7th, 2020 Preview Application


To recognize staff members who demonstrate excellence in development, design and/or support of delivery of Purdue Online courses or programs.


This award is open to Instructional Design and Support professionals at all campuses within the Purdue University system, including but not limited to Instructional Designers, Instructional Developers, Educational Technologists, Educational Technology Consultants, Program Coordinators and Support Staff.


A Purdue Online 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 qualify for this award for excellence in Purdue Online a staff member must clearly demonstrate each of the following within their course/program. Criteria for the this award include, but are not limited to,

Instructional Designers

  • Faculty support: The professional design or support member demonstrates outstanding support for faculty, including instructional design, consultation, educational technology, and technical support for the successful delivery of Purdue Online.
  • Course design: the course design developed by the professional staff member follows best practices of online teaching and/or standards of the Quality Matters rubric.
  • Effective use of technology: The course utilizes effective and appropriate technology that promotes student engagement, success, and/or cost savings.
  • Student support: The professional design or support member demonstrates outstanding support to students.

Support Staff

  • Exemplary Achievement and Performance: Consistently and substantially exceeds the expectations of the position, performing at a level above and beyond normal job requirements and expectations; has made important and significant contributions in the Purdue Online department; contributes and demonstrates commitment to the University's mission and core values.
  • Excellence in Customer Service/Personal Interaction: Consistently and substantially demonstrates an ability and willingness to work positively, respectfully, and effectively with others; has significantly improved customer service or has increased student and faculty satisfaction in their area; demonstrates ability and willingness to manage changes in work priorities, procedures, and organization; demonstrates exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and members of the campus community.
  • Outstanding Purdue Online Support/Initiative and Creativity: Significantly improved a work process or system, or has significantly increased the efficiency of an operation; consistently seeks to improve the quality of work assigned; demonstrates efforts to expand work responsibilities; significant improvements in enhanced student and faculty satisfaction

Evaluation Rubric

Applicant Background Information

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


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


Instructional Designers

Impact Areas: Course Design and Use of Technology
Possible Expectations: Demonstrates:

  • Outstanding course design practices.
  • Follows best practices for online teaching and/or standards of the Quality Matters rubric.
  • Utilized effective and appropriate technology that promotes student engagement, success, and/or cost savings.

Scoring: 20 points


Staff Support

Possible Expectations: Demonstrates:

  • Exemplary Achievement and performance
  • Excellence in Customer service/personal interaction
  • Outstanding Purdue Online Support/Initiative and Creativity

Scoring: 20 points

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:


Holly Fiock, Curriculum & Instruction, Education, multiple courses in the Learning Design and Technology program


Vincent Hornbach, video production specialist with Purdue Online, West Lafayette


Jeff Chicki, Sheree Buikema, Erica Vail, IT Teaching & Learning Technologies (Team)