Online Awards

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The Excellence in Online Teaching Award seeks to recognize a University of Hawai’i Mānoa faculty or lecturer who demonstrates best practices in online teaching.

Eligibility Requirements

Any faculty or lecturer who teaches a distance education course at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa.

Award Information and Cycle

This is a student-nominated award.

  1. At the beginning of the fall and spring semester, faculty teaching online will be asked if they would like their course considered for nomination.
  2. At the end of the fall and spring semesters, students enrolled in their course will receive an email providing them the opportunity to nominate the instructor.
  3. Faculty will be informed if they have been nominated and will be given two weeks to contact the Center for Teaching Excellence who will assist them in recording their online course video portfolio.
  4. The Online Teaching Awards Committee will meet in October to review submitted video portfolios and announce award recipient in November. The winner will be honored at TechLogic 2015.
  5. Summer online courses may be considered for the following award cycle.

Online Teaching Award Criteria

1) Learning and Interaction Goals and Outcomes: This component addresses defined goals and objectives, in addition to the active learning and engagement components of an online course.

2) Points of Interest and Teaching Innovation: This component provides an opportunity to showcase specific ways they have creatively structured their course, in addition to the tools used to deliver materials.

3) Accessibility and Learner Support: This area addresses how diverse learners are supported in an online environment.

4) Evidence of Effectiveness with Students: This area addresses levels of engagement, types of assessments and opportunities for student feedback and includes how students communicate and interact and how instructors approach the development of an online rapport with students.

5) Course Learning Materials Design: This component focuses on how instructors design the presentation and/or interaction with course content and materials including content coverage, accuracy, and currency.

6) Plans for Sustainability: This component addresses future plans for sustaining, developing, or maintaining course longevity.

Criteria and Process Developed By The Online Teaching Awards Committee:
Dr. Paul McKimmy, Ariana Eichelberger from the College of Education; Matt Parcon from Information Technology Services; Dr. Monica Stitt-Bergh from the Assessment Office; Dr. Julio Rodriguez from the Language Learning Center; and, Dr. Leslie Lopez and Dr. Kathie Kane from the Center for Teaching Excellence.


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