NEWBURYPORT, Mass., March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide, today announced it is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award  competition. Now entering its second year, the #DLIAward competition recognizes exemplary higher education faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware in undergraduate programs.

“The DLIAward program is keenly focused on recognizing those institutions and faculty teams that are truly being innovative, creative, and dedicated to advancing digital learning for all students,” said Kathleen Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. “By providing this platform for more institutions to add their own digital courseware experiences to what is currently known in the field, we can better understand design features, implementation strategies and student-related outcomes.”

Submissions from accredited U.S.-based applicants will be accepted through June 30 in two categories: Institution and Faculty-Led Team. Eligible implementations are those that are already underway, sustained or in a revision cycle. In 2017, judges will be looking for DLIAward submissions that:

  • Have improved student success among underrepresented student groups, especially among low income, minority and first-generation students;
  • Clearly define a barrier and demonstrate how it was overcome through an effective use of digital courseware; and
  • Demonstrate sustainability, scalability and replicability of the successful courseware implementation.

“In 2016, three institutions and five faculty-led teams distinguished themselves from among 106 submissions to earn the prestigious DLIAward,” said Nori Barajas-Murphy, Director, Grant Projects,, OLC. “This year, we are excited for the opportunity to discover and recognize more success stories that other institutions can learn from as they strategize their own digital courseware initiatives.”

In preparing for the 2017 competition, OLC convened the following panel of field experts, comprised of faculty, institutional leaders and association leaders, to validate the award rubric and finalize 2017 scoring criteria:

  • Joe Moreau, Vice Chancellor, Technology, Foothill De Anza Community College
  • Dale Johnson, Senior Business Analyst, Arizona State University
  • Connie Johnson, Chief Academic Officer and Provost, Colorado Technical University Online
  • Emma Zone, Vice Provost, Colorado Technical University
  • Niki Bray, Faculty/Instructional Designer, University of Memphis
  • Nick White, Director, Competency Based Learning Solutions, Capella University
  • Sharon Goodall, Director of Innovations, Learning Design & Solutions, UMUC
  • Phil Hill, Educational Technology Consultant and Industry Analyst, MindWires
  • Karen Vignare, CEO and Founder, KV Consulting
  • Peggy Snyder, Strategic Advisor, The New Media Consortium
  • Sunny Lee, Sr. Product Manager, Higher Ed, EdSurge; Co-Founder and Director of Product, Badge Labs

“There’s a huge opportunity to improve student success rates using well-designed digital courseware,” said Nick White, Director, Competency Based Learning Solutions, Capella University, and DLIAward Reviewer. “My hope is that this award will continue to broaden awareness of the great work being done already.”

DLIAward Online Submission Form and Resources

Award criteria, definitions, evaluation rubric, application, deadlines and key dates, schedule of informational webinars and other resources are available online at

OLC will host a series of webinars on April 12, May 10 and June 14 to provide institutions and courseware providers with essential information about the DLIAward and submission process. Visit the OLC Webinars page for more details and online registration.

For more background on the DLIAward competition, including profiles of the 2016 honorees, visit

About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit for more information.

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