New award to recognize excellence in online teaching

NIU has established a new institutional award to encourage and honor outstanding online and hybrid teaching. The Excellence in Online Teaching Award recognizes NIU faculty and instructors whose performance exemplifies a commitment to excellence in online teaching, course development and student engagement.

All those who teach online or hybrid courses (tenured and tenure-track faculty members, instructors, and teaching staff) are eligible. There is no limit as to the number of nominees from any department/program or college. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged.

Award recipients will receive a plaque and $2,000 one-time stipend.

Nominees for the Excellence in Online Teaching Award should demonstrate:

  • Exceptional effort to ensure the quality of the students’ online learning environment.
  • High standards for the rigor and currency of course content and the level of student performance.
  • Innovation in online course development and delivery of for-credit courses.
  • Direct and significant impact upon the involvement with online students.
  • Demonstrated dedication to enhancing online teaching skills, improving online curriculum and/or advancing research opportunities in the area of online education.
  • Evidence that the candidate’s contributions have enhanced effectiveness in the online learning environment.

Examples of online teaching excellence include following NIU online course design essentials in online course development and online teaching principles for success in online course delivery.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 5, 2021. See for more details and to submit a nomination.

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