Innovative Course Design and Use of Technology

Purpose of the Awards

To recognize faculty and/or staff members who demonstrate excellence in the development or teaching of a distance learning activity (course, workshop, or seminar). This award is intended to recognize accomplishment in innovation and use of technology in distance learning 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 distance learning accomplishment or activity must have been offered or conducted within the previous two years.


A distance learning 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 distance education innovation a faculty or staff member must have developed or taught an innovative component of a credit or noncredit distance learning activity (or collection of activities) that clearly demonstrates each of the following:

  • A well-designed approach to instruction involving innovation and/or a creative use of technology
  • Effective application of the distance learning innovation which enhanced student learning
  • Positive impact on the clientele served, as reflected by program evaluations (formative and summative) or other appropriate measures 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 instruction involving innovation and/or creative use of technology Innovation
  • Description of innovation and/or creative use of technology
  • Reasoning for using this technology and/or instructional approach
20 points
  • Creative and innovative learning activities
  • Affordability or obtainability of the technology (e.g., do students need to obtain extra technology to use the design?)
  • Sustainability of the technology (e.g. how easy it is to revise the design?)
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 Monday, February 27, 2017.

Submit A Nomination
Submission Form

Monday, February 27, 2017


Questions may be directed to

Tanisha Willoughby, Associate Director for Digital Education

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

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