Sloan-C Announces Annual 2012 Award Recipients and ‘Best-in-Track’ Sessions for 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

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2012 Sloan-C Awards honor excellence in online teaching and learning; “Best in Track” sessions recognize exceptional speaker submissions for this year’s conference.

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The Sloan-C Awards recognize the tremendous advances in online learning that result from the ideas and initiatives of individuals and higher ed institutions.

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of individuals, institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, announced today it will present its 2012 Sloan-C Awards at the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. The theme for this year’s conference is “At a Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World.” Sloan-C also announced “Best-in-Track” sessions, recognizing the exceptional speaker submissions that have been accepted and integrated into the conference program.

2012 Sloan-C Awards

“The Sloan-C Awards recognize the tremendous advances in online learning that result from the ideas and initiatives of individuals and higher ed institutions,” said Bruce N. Chaloux, Ph.D., executive director and chief executive officer, Sloan-C. “On behalf of Sloan-C, I am delighted to congratulate this year’s honorees.”

“This year’s field of nominees implemented an impressive array of innovative approaches, creating a highly competitive selection process,” added Burks Oakley II, vice president, Sloan-C and chair of the Awards Selection Committee. “The 2012 recipients have demonstrated exceptional leadership and real success in advancing online education.”

The recipients of the 2012 Sloan-C Awards are:

  •     A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award: Robert N. Ubell, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  •     John R. Bourne Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual: Devon A. Cancilla, American Sentinel University
  •     Excellence in Online Teaching: Cynthia Foronda, University of Miami
  •     Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching: DePaul University
  •     Outstanding Online Program: Online Baccalaureate Program in Energy and Sustainability Policy, The Pennsylvania State University
  •     Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education: University of Central Florida

The Sloan-C Awards Selection Committee for 2012 was comprised of Carla Bradley, Ozarks Technical Community College; Robbie Kendall-Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents and Sloan-C Board of Directors; Jacqueline F. Moloney (recipient of 2009 Sloan-C Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual); Burks Oakley II (committee chair, recipient of 2003 Sloan-C Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual); Anthony G. Picciano, Hunter College (recipient of 2010 Sloan-C Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual); Wayne D. Smutz, Pennsylvania State University (recipient of 2011 Sloan-C Bourne Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education) and Susan J. Wegmann, University of Central Florida (recipient of 2009 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Online Teaching).

Details about the Awards are available at

Best-in-Track Sessions

“Best-in-Track proposals were highly rated by our team of reviewers and truly address the conference mission,” said Peter Shea, conference chair. “We wish to extend our thanks and congratulations to these speakers for their contributions to the program and the advancement of online learning.”

This year’s Best-in-Track sessions and speakers are:

  •     Track: Student Services and Learner Support: “Best Practices in Mentoring Online Students,” Rebecca Johnston, Mitsu Phillips (Western Governors University)
  •     Track: Leadership, Values and Society: “Challenges of Developing Open Educational Resources for an International Audience,” Lauren Zavala, Karen Vignare, Gwyn Shelle (Michigan State University)
  •     Track: Learning Effectiveness: “The Discussion Board Audit: How Will I Know What I Think Until I see What I Say?,” Hayley Lake, Patrick Lordan (Eastern Washington University)
  •     Track: Open, Global, Mobile: “Is OER Going to Sabotage Our Distance and Online Learning Programs?,” Mary Lou Forward (OpenCourseWare Consortium), Larry Cooperman (University of California, Irvine)
  •     Track: Technology and Emerging Learning Environments: “Tweet by Tweet: Mastering the Disruptive Paradigm of Twitter Through the Use of Mobile Apps and Online Resources,” Emory Craig (The College of New Rochelle)
  •     Track: K-12 Online Education: “The Math Place Online: A Model for Synchronous Teaching Spaces to Foster Math Learning for K-8 Teachers and Parents,” Barbara Dubitsky, Steven Goss (Bank Street College of Education)
  •     Track: Faculty and Professional Development & Support: “Assessing Instructor Readiness to Teach Online Courses,” Mimi O’Malley (The Learning House, Inc.)

Best-in-Track sessions will be recognized during a ceremony at the conference. The presentation schedule and descriptions of Best-in-Track sessions may be viewed online at

About the Conference
The 2012 Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning is the premier global gathering focused on online learning. It is a forum for approaching the complex issues and opportunities that face all concerned with the future of students, faculty, and institutions. Details including speakers, program and registration are available at

About Sloan-C
The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale and breadth of education. Membership in the Sloan Consortium provides knowledge, practice, community and direction for educators. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a non-profit member sustained organization. Join with Sloan-C to lead higher education in meeting social needs for affordable access, quality innovations and teaching and learning excellence. For more information, visit

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