Excellence in Digital Education: Course Design and Technology

Purpose of the Awards

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


A digital education 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 in digital education, a faculty or staff member must have developed or taught a credit or noncredit digital education 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 digital education 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

Award Submission FrameworkImpact AreasPossible ExpectationsScoring
Applicant Background Information Information requested in this section is complete Yes/No
Well-designed approach to course development Course Development Course overview and Introduction
  • Needs assessment
  • Learner analyses
  • Instructional strategies
  • Clear learning objectives (competencies)
  • Evidence of timely content
  • Appropriate use of technology
20 points
Effective application of the digital education innovation which enabled student learning Technology/Resources
  • Creative and innovative learning activities
  • Accessibility and Usability
20 points
Positive impact on the clientele served Student Feedback 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
20 points
Recommendations Department support Letters of recommendation from Dean, Department Head and/or colleagues Yes/No


Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Submit A Nomination
Submission Form Submission Form Questions (pdf)

Friday, March 2nd, 2018


Questions may be directed to

Jim Pukrop
Associate Director for Digital Education

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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