Kentucky Virtual Campus

KYVC Online Excellence Awards

The Kentucky Virtual Campus in partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education's Faulty Development Workgroup, announces a call for nominations for the KYVC Online Excellence Awards. This peer review, recognition, and reward program is for instructors teaching courses listed in the KYVC catalog. This program, funded by the KYVC, identifies and recognizes successful online learning and teaching that exemplify the best integrations of pedagogy and technology. This program is open to all instructors whose courses have been offered via KYVC (including KYVAE, KYEducators, KYVC4K12 and from May 2007 through the semester immediately preceding Spring 2009.

Criteria for the awards are based on Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann's adaptation of Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles of Good Practice. * This is described in greater detail in articles such as those listed in the webliography below. The principles define "good practice in integrating pedagogy and technology" as those that:

  1. Encourage Contacts Between Students and Instructors
  2. Develop Reciprocity and Cooperation Among Students
  3. Use Active Learning Techniques
  4. Give Prompt Feedback
  5. Emphasize Time on Task
  6. Communicate High Expectations
  7. Respect Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

The goal of this program is to identify efforts that create high-quality, interactive learner-centered experiences which demonstrate that

  • the students advanced significantly in relation to the course objectives,
  • technological tools were used in an effective and innovative way to undergird the pedagogy, and
  • the submission can serve as an exemplar for other instructors.


Up to four awards will be given and the winning submissions will announced at the Council on Postsecondary Education's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in May. In addition, recipients are asked to discuss their work in the online journal, The Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning; they will also be given the opportunity to present their work at the next annual conference.

The $750 awards will include the choice of:

  • an honorarium for speaking at the CPE Faculty Development Conference on the award submission, a certificate and lovely trophy. OR
  • a certificate and lovely trophy and a grant to be submitted through your organization/institution for reimbursement for equipment purchases or travel to a professional conference related to online teaching and learning, e.g., POD, Syllabus, Educause, Scholarship of Teaching Conference at Bloomington - whatever is appropriate within your organization for the disbursement of these funds.


If you have questions about the award program or your submission, please contact us as indicated below.

Enid Wohlstein
KYVC, Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-573-1652, x295

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