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UMGC Global Media Center UMUC Receives 2016 OLC Effective Practice Award for Online Innovation

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) course Essentials of Computer Programming (UCSP 635) has received a 2016 Effective Practice Award from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide.

UMUC’s award, one of only eight that was selected through peer review by the OLC’s Effective Practice Awards Committee, was presented Nov. 17 at OLC Accelerate 2016 Conference in Orlando, Florida.

"Members of the OLC community continually strive to develop and deliver quality online learning experiences," said Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director, Online Learning Consortium. "This year's Award recipients represent extraordinary examples of the innovation happening in online learning today. We thank them for their dedication to quality and congratulate them on their success."

OLC’s Effective Practice Awards recognize practices, techniques and strategies that are shared by members of the OLC community to advance quality and access to online programs and optimize the online learning experience.

UMUC’s honorees, Essentials of Computer Programming (UCSP 635) course developers Michael Brown, Tommy Bennett and Lewis Williams, were recognized for "Multiple Programming Language Introduction Programming Course."

Their Fellow 2016 Effective Practice Awards recipients are:

Nayana Parange, University of South Australia, for "Fostering Sustained, Authentic Learning Among Tomorrow's Obstetric and Gynecological Sonographers in a Fully Online Postgraduate Course"

Beth Oyarzun and Elizabeth Gazza, University of North Carolina Wilmington, for "Applied Learning Experiences in an Online Accelerated Degree Completion Nursing Program: The Leadership and Management Practicum"

Ayesha Sadaf, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Larisa Olesova, George Mason University, for Enhancing Cognitive Presence in Online Case Discussions with Question Based on Practical Inquiry Model"

Mark Brown, James Brunton, Ann, Cleary, Eamon Costello, Loraine Delaney, Seamus Fox, Jennifer, Lisa O'Regan, and Jamie Ward, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, and Institute of Technology Sligo , for "Student Success Toolbox for Flexible Learners: Supporting Transitions from Thinking about Study to the First Weeks"

Frank Tomsic, Phylise Banner, Clark Shah-Nelson, Angela Gunder, Ann Musgrove, Jessica Knott, Robbie Melton, Bethany Bovard and Dave Goodrich, for "The Technology Test Kitchen"

Shanta Goswami Varma and Henry Newkirk, University of Houston – Clear Lake, for "Pathway to Quality Online Education at University of Houston – Clear Lake"

About Online Learning Consortium

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