Awards

Awards

Each year NUTN’s global awards program recognizes significant contributions, innovation and leadership by individuals and organizations. These much sought after awards are given to those advancing applications of technology to teaching and learning in higher education.

Awardees are selected by review panels in response to an annual call for nominations, including self-nominations. In addition, awards nominated by NUTN members are given for Institutional Achievement and Leadership in NUTN. The highest individual honor given by the NUTN Advisory Board is the Distinguished Service Award, given to an individual or group of individuals of national prominence, who may come from other fields of endeavor and whose work has significantly contributed to our dynamic field. All awards are presented in-person at NUTN’s annual fall conference.



Best Research Paper Award

This award recognizes the contribution of an individual or group to the collective understanding of the principles, practices and approaches that lead to improvement of the field of technology in education.

2014
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Bethany Simunich
Kent State University
The Impact of Findability on Student Motivation, Self-Efficacy, and Perceptions of Online Course Quality
Finalist:
Dr Wu He
ODU

Examining students' online interaction in a live video streaming environment using data mining and text mining.
2013
Albuquerque, NM
Melissa Layne, Phil Ice, & Liz Wallace
American Public University System (APUS)
Measuring Students Perception of Teaching Presence
in an Online Environment
Finalists:
Diane Reddy, Ray Fleming, Laura Pedrick, Danielle Jirovec, Heidi Pfeiffer, Katie Ports, Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, Alicia Helion, & Rodney Swain
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

"U-Pace Instruction: Improving Student Success"
2012
Kansas City, MO
Dr. Constance Wanstreet & David S. Stein
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
"Presence Over Time in Synchronous Communities of Inquiry"
Honorable Mention:
James A. Wallis
St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL.

"A Phenomenological, Evaluative Approach to Developing Ecology
Virtual Field Trips for Undergraduate, Non-Major College Students"
2011
Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Rebecca Van de Vord,
Washington State University
"Distance Students and Online Research: Promoting Information
Literacy Through Media Literacy"
2010
Colorado Springs, CO
Dr. M'hammed Abdous and Dr. Wu He,
Old Dominion University
"Using Text Mining to Uncover Students' Technology-related
Problems in Live Video Streaming"
2009
Saratoga Springs, NY
Gary Brown, Theron Desrosier, Nils Peterson, Meriem Chida & Randy Lagier
Washington State University: The Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology
"Harvesting Feedback, Accountability & Community"
2008
Park City, UT
Gary Brown, Yoon Jung Cho, Ashley Atter-Kranov
Washington State University
"Faculty Teaching Beliefs, ePortfolios, and Web 2.0 at the Crossroads"
2007
Philadelphia, PA
Joan Anderson, Gary Brown, Stephen Spaeth
Washington State University
"Online Student Evaluations and Response Rates Reconsidered"
2006
Minneapolis, MN
Gail Derrick
Regent University
"An Exploration of Attitudinal and Situational Factors Related to
Intrinsic Motivation and Autonomy in Teacher Education Students"

Distance Education Innovation Award

This award recognizes an individual or group that has developed an innovative program or practice that contributes to the field of distance education, in the context of a new or ongoing program, student or support services, pedagogy, faculty development and support or technology.

2014
San Antonio, TX
Dr Brian Worden (Member)
Capella University
Competency Based Education Program
Stacey Utley-Bernhard (Non-Member)
Frostburg State University
Summer Online Freshman Initiative
Finalist (Member):
Excelsior College OWL Team, Excelsior College

ESL Writing Online: OWL Initiative
Finalist (Non-Member):
Dr. David Stein, The Ohio State University

Bootcamp for Beginning Online Instructors
2013
Albuquerque, NM
NUTN Member Division:
Excelsior College

ESL WOW at Excelsior College: "A Writing Online Workshop for ESL Writers"
Finalists:
Memorial University, Newfoundland & Labrador

The CONNECT Program
Michigan State University AgShare: Creating Open Resources That Make a Difference
Lone Star College Lone Star College Online
Open Academic Division:
WICHE

The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework
Finalists:
University of California - Irvine

UCI Open Chemistry
Northern Arizona University Personalized Learning
2012
Kansas City, MO
NUTN Member Division:
Michigan State University

E. Lansing, MI: "MetroAgOPEN Online Course"
Penn State World Campus,
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
"Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies to Build a Dynamic Community of
Penn Staters Worldwide"
Honorable Mention:
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

"Online Course Design & Multimedia Components"
Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ "CloudCre8 - Fluid Course Design"
Open Academic Division:
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

"U-Pace: Advancing the Practice of Distance Education"
Honorable Mention:
American Military University/American Public University,
Manassas, VA

"American Public University System Library Guides: Doppler Shift Project"
Jogi Vedavati "By the Students - For the Students"
Northeastern University Online, Boston, MA "Creating a Culture of Quality in Online Education"
Corporate Division:
Honorable Mention:
Hands-on Labs, Englewood, CO


"LabPaq"

Distinguished Service Award

Each year, the NUTN Advisory Board selects one person to receive this highest award given. The honoree will be invited to be our luncheon speaker on the second day of our conference.

This award is sometimes described as the highest award the NUTN Board gives annually. From its inception in 1997, it is indeed a distinguished list.

2014
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Candace Marie Thille
Director, Open Learning Initiative Graduate School of Education

Stanford University
2013
Albuquerque, NM
Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Sloan Consortium, Southern Regional Education Board
2012
Kansas City, MO
Dr. Linda Thor
Chancellor

Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Los Altos Hills, CA
2011
Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Mark David Milliron
Deputy Director, Higher Education

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2010
Colorado Springs, CO
Dr. Dwight W. Allen
Eminent Scholar of Educational Reform, Emeritus

Old Dominion University
2009
Saratoga Springs, NY
Elliott Masie The Masie Center
2008
Park City, UT
Gary Miller Penn State World Campus
2007
Philadelphia, PA
Chris Dede
Graduate School of Education/Futurist

Harvard University
2006
Minneapolis, MN
Diane Oblinger
Vice President

Educause
2005
San Francisco, CA
John Chambers
Chairman and CEO

Cisco Systems
2004
Kennebunkport, ME
Dr. Carol Twigg
President and CEO

National Center for Academic Transformation
2003
San Antonio, TX
Steve Crow
Executive Director

The Higher Learning Commission
2002
Washington, DC
Mary Beth Peters
U.S. Registrar of Copyrights

Library of Congress
2001
Denver, CO
Lionel Baldwin
Founding President

National Technological University (NTU)
2000
Toronto, ON
Dr. Sally Johnstone
Executive Director

WCET
1999
Seattle, WA
Frank Mayadas
Program Director

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
1998
Newport, RI
Larry Irving, Jr.
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce and Director

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
1997
Vail, CO

Michael Leavitt

Governor of Utah contributions to Western Governors University

Institutional Achievement

The NUTN Institution Achievement award recognizes an institutional member of the National University Technology Network (NUTN) for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and/or organizational administration (or administrative operations) that is exemplary, demonstrates leadership and commitment, and advances the field as an institutional model.

2014
San Antonio, TX

Ann Marie Vaughan

The College of the North Atlantic
Finalist:
Dr. Suzan Harkness

University of the District of Columbia
2013
Albuquerque, NM

Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic & State University
2012
Kansas City, MO

eduKan

Great Bend, KS
Honorable Mention:
Michigan State University
Savannah College of Art and Design,

E. Lansing, MI
Atlanta, GA
2011
Fort Worth, TX

R. Jan LeCroy Center

Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, TX

J.O. Grantham Leadership Award

The J. O. Grantham Leadership Award, named for the founder of NUTN, is given to a person who represents strong leadership in the field of distance learning and technology. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated strong leadership qualities in the NUTN organization and in the field of educational technologies as a whole. Nominations and vote of the NUTN membership determine the recipient of the award. Only NUTN members are eligible for this award.

2014
San Antonio, TX

Dr. Henry van Zyl

TESC
2013
Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Mel Muchnik, Professor Emeritus

Governors State University
2012
Kansas City, MO

Danella Soeka, Hands-on Labs
Governors State University

Englewood, CO
Chicago, IL
2011
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Dana Offerman
2010
Colorado Springs, CO

Gary Greenberg and Patrick Pow
2009
Saratoga Springs, NY

Kim Scalzo
2008
Park City, UT

Janis Hall
2007
Philadelphia, PA

Nancy Thompson
2006
Minneapolis, MN

Dick Hezel
2005
San Francisco, CA

Pam Quinn
2004
Kennebunkport, ME

Elizabeth Craft
2003
San Antonio, TX

Cynthia Elliot
2002
Washington, D.C.

Edie Barnett and Janis Hall
2001
Denver, CO

Monica Pilkey
2000
Toronto, Canada

Jeanne McGrath
1999
Seattle, WA

Ted Christensen

Nofflet Williams Service Award

In 2001, the NUTN Advisory Board established the Nofflet Williams Service Award in honor of the contributions and memory of Dr. Nofflet Williams as a founding member. Dr. Williams provided service to hundreds of individuals in the area of distance education at the local, regional and national levels.

This award recognizes an individual who exhibits, over a sustained period and in a consistent manner, the commitment to providing service to those in the field. It signifies the individual is acknowledged to be a contributor, a mentor, a do-er, and a leader of national and international note. Since the central core of NUTN is to provide service in the exchange of experience, practice and theory to all in the organization in a free manner, the award is doubly significant.

The Nofflet Williams Service Award is presented on an annual basis (as appropriate) by the NUTN Board to an individual who is seen as providing an outstanding example of service to the organization and to others in our field. All professionals in the field are eligible for this award regardless of NUTN membership.

2014
San Antonio, TX

Dr. Mike Offerman

Capella University
2013
Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Karen Vignare

University of Maryland University College
2012
Kansas City, MO

Julie Porosky Hamlin

Quality Matters & Maryland Online, Annapolis, MD
2011
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Chris Geith
2010
Colorado Springs, CO

Ann Marie Vaughan, Press release
2009
Saratoga Springs, NY

Joeann Humbert and Frank Mayadas
2008
Park City, UT

Ted Christensen
2007
Philadelphia, PA

Steve Crow
2006
Minneapolis, MN

Monica Pilkey
2005 no award given
2004
Kennebunkport, ME

Pam Quinn
2003
San Antonio, TX

Mel Muchnik
2002
Washington, D.C.

Anne Raymond Savage
2001
Denver, CO

Jerry Hargis (first recipient)

Shirley Davis Award

Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Blended Learning competition recognizes the work of individuals, organizations and institutions in providing blended learning (effectively integrating elements of synchronous and asynchronous modalities and/or at-a-distance blended with on campus) of a superior nature. Blended learning delivery may include the integration of video or audio conferencing, MOOCs, or other at-a-distance delivery into the on campus classroom experience. It also may include the innovative and effective use of synchronous technologies within the online, asynchronous classroom.

2014
San Antonio, TX

Mr. Steven R. Crawford
Arizona State University

The Fab Tech Workshop
2013
Albuquerque, NM

College of North Atlantic
Newfoundland, Labrador, & Qatar

"Blended Delivery of Apprenticeship Training: Brining Learners Together Through Technology"
Finalists:
Dr. Linda Yarrow, Kansas State University
Michigan State University


Equine Business Network
2012
Kansas City, MO

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Penn State Video Learning Network
Honorable Mention:
Division of Continuing Education, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Florida State University at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

"Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems"
"Using Anchored Instruction and Game-Based Learning in a Cybersecurity Course"
2011
Fort Worth, TX

The United States Coast Guard
(PSSU Honolulu Learning Center, Barber’s Point Air Station)
in partnership with the Wayland Baptist University campus in Aiea, Hawaii.
Honorable Mention:
Temple University and Catherine C. Schifter, Ph.D.

"Introduction to Research Method and Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods"

Student Recognition Award

The NUTN Student Recognition Award recognizes students whose use of distance learning has been both exemplary and impactful in providing opportunities for personal or professional advancement.

Students for the NUTN Student Recognition award will be nominated by local or host institutions to the annual NUTN event (conference/summit). The nominating party should submit a brief synopsis of the student's distance learning experiences, and address the three criteria listed below. Selected students will be invited to attend the NUTN annual event with a complimentary registration to receive their recognition award.

2014
San Antonio, TX

Jacklyn Thompson
Ms Jody Burke

UMUC
Memorial University
2013
Albuquerque, NM

Molly Frendo
Rebecca Anderson
Adam Jennings

Michigan State University
College of North Atlantic
University of Maryland University College
2012
Kansas City, MO

Brent Chyna
Glori Hinck

University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
Boise State University, Boise, ID
Honorable Mention:
Sheryl Davis
Deborah Kane
Alfred P. Orth

Savannah College of Art and Design
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
U.S. Coast Guard Learning Center, Honolulu, HI & St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL
2011
Fort Worth, TX

Andrew Bedley
Leslie Sussan

Cedar Valley Community College
The University of Maryland University College