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The Paragon Award for Excellence in Distance Teaching

The Paragon Award for Excellence in Distance Teaching

Office of Online Design & eLearning presents its 7th annual Paragon Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize faculty who use online learning technology effectively through good practices in course design, innovative use of technologies that transcend traditional classroom instruction and engage students, and commitment to providing a quality education to students.

Prize

Award recipient receives a $1,000 reward and a trophy. The recipient’s name is engraved on a plaque listing previous winners on display in the J.D. Williams Library.

Eligibility

Any faculty that taught a fully online course (indicated as a Web section) during all instances of Intersession 2016, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, and Fall 2016 are eligible for the 2016 Paragon Award.

Criteria

The nominee must exhibit:

  • good practices in course design;
  • innovative use of technologies that transcend traditional classroom instruction and engage students; and
  • commitment to providing a quality education to students.

Submission

The 2016 Paragon Award is open for submissions from January 9 – February 28, 2017.

Instructor must complete the 2016 Paragon Award Submission form with the following documents:

  • Course syllabus
  • Narrative statement

Attach a narrative statement of approximately 200-300 words for each criterion describing how your course meets or exceeds the criteria. Be sure to include the location(s) of the components within your Blackboard course to demonstrate your points. Evidence from the course may be included in the narrative such as screen shots, examples of student interaction, etc., especially for areas that may not be accessible by committee members in Blackboard.

Your course will be copied to a new course shell on Blackboard. A Paragon user will be enrolled to give the committee members access to the course.

Deadline

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2017 to be considered for the 2016 Paragon Award.

Announcement of Award Recipient

The Department of Online Design & eLearning will recognize the 2016 Paragon Award recipient during spring 2017 semester. More information TBD.