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OSU-OKC professors win online learning award from State Regents

OSU-OKC professors recognized with online learning award from State Regents

Liberal Arts Division wins 2020 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for Team Leadership

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 24, 2020) –Professors from Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to online learning in Oklahoma.

The team, predominantly from the university’s Liberal Arts Division, has been named winner of the 2020 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for the Team Leadership category.

The award, presented by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Council for Online Learning Excellence, recognizes the Liberal Arts Division’s team-taught special honors courses.

The courses covered topics including good and evil, popular culture, domestic bliss, and food and culture. They were created and taught in a collaborative process involving multiple members of the Liberal Arts Division and other faculty across campus.

Liberal Arts Division Head Jason Stone said the professors who took part embraced a cooperative and innovative style to produce a meaningful college experience for students.

“As a team we invested hundreds of additional hours to make this model work for our students,” Stone said. “We are honored to be selected by a jury of state-wide educators for this accolade.

“While Liberal Arts won the award because the courses happened in our division, these courses involved OSU-OKC professors from almost every academic area on campus. This award is a statewide acknowledgment of what we have known for a long time at OSU-OKC – we have some the hardest-working, most-innovative, and most-talented faculty in this state.”

The Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) was formed by the State Regents in 2016. COLE is comprised of faculty, staff and administrators representing each tier of Oklahoma’s public and private colleges and universities. The mission of COLE is to improve online and hybrid learning experiences in Oklahoma through a framework that grows knowledge networks and advances collaborative initiatives that enhance student success.

To further its mission, COLE created and recognizes the annual Oklahoma Online Excellence Award in four categories, including the Team Leadership category won this year by OSU-OKC.

Joey Fronheiser, OSU-OKC’s vice president of Academic Affairs, said the award is fitting recognition for a collaboration that represents the best teaching faculty across the state.

“At OSU-OKC, our top priority is the success of our students,” Fronheiser said. “This recognition from the Council for Online Learning Excellence is proof that our professors are committed to instructional excellence and working together to provide the optimal learning experience for our students.”

Additional information about the Council for Online Learning Excellence can be found at www.okhighered.org/cole. For additional information on Liberal Arts programs at OSU-OKC, go to www.osuokc.edu/arts.

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For media inquiries:

Nick Trougakos, OSU-OKC – nick.trougakos@okstate.edu – (405) 945-9196

About Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) is part of the modern land-grant system of Oklahoma State University. OSU-OKC is a two-year public institution, offering more than 40 degrees and certificate options. Through quality education, a supportive environment, leadership training and service opportunities, OSU-OKC trains students to work and educates them to lead. OSU-OKC graduates are found throughout the community serving as police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, healthcare professionals and business owners. More information is available at www.osuokc.edu.