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UCO CeCE Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Faculty Development

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Dec. 15, 2017

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121,

UCO CeCE Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Faculty Development

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Center for eLearning and Connected Environments (CeCE) once again earned national recognition, as the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) awarded CeCE with the 2017 Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching Award.

Part of this year’s OLC Accelerate conference in November, Tracy Fairless, director of eLearning for CeCE, and CeCe’s Learning Design team received the award for guiding collaborative efforts across the university to deliver meaningful, innovative, flexible and customized development for Central’s faculty who teach online, blended or technology-enhanced courses.

OLC is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences. In alignment with that mission, OLC awarded another member of the CeCE team, Bucky Dodd, Ph.D., chief learning and innovation officer and director of the Institute for Learning Environment Design at Central, with the Bruce Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence. Established in honor of OLC’s former CEO, Bruce N. Chaloux, Ph.D., the award highlights professionals who demonstrate leadership and service, contribute to the overall advancement, and publish scholarly research and writing – that increases knowledge and improves practice ­– within the field of online education.           

CeCE supports the design, development and delivery of elearning courses throughout UCO, while also offering consulting, production, logistics and innovation services that are designed to optimize learning experiences for students online. Recent recognitions for the group include the 2017 21st Century Distance Learning Award and the 2017 Innovation Award, both presented by the United States Distance Learning Association, as well as the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technology’s recognition of Dodd as the Sally M. Johnstone Award recipient.

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