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SUNY Effective Online Practices Award Program

The SUNY Effective Online Practices Award Program aims to collect, share and showcase the online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities or programs of exemplary SUNY online practitioners from across the SUNY system. Program award tracks include:
  • Online Teaching & Learning Practices: Online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities (can include OER).
  • Online Course Quality Practices: Exemplary processes or practices to ensure quality in online course design, online course accessibility, and student online learning environment (can include OER).
  • Online Student Support Practices: Best practices, programs or initiatives that support the success of online students.
  • Online Enrollment/Recruitment Practices: Exemplary models of online student recruitment practices.
  • Online Program Partnership Practices: Exemplary models of multi-campus or global partnerships and/or intra-campus collaborations that benefit/support online courses or online student programs (can include OER).
  • Online Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practices: Best practices, tools, and/or strategies that build DEI awareness and support DEI efforts in online teaching and learning activities, online courses, and professional development for online practitioners.
All effective online practice submissions will be included in the SUNY Effective Online Practices Repository. The SUNY Community will have the opportunity to review and rate entries and the effective online practices that earn the highest ratings overall will be recognized. The Effective Online Practices Awards are conferred annually at the SUNY Online Summit. Timeline for 2024 Submissions (Round 10)
  • Call for Submissions Opens – January 4, 2024
  • Call for Submissions Closes – February 16, 2024
  • Peer Voting Opens – February 19, 2024
  • Peer Voting Closes – February 26, 2024
  • Awards Conferred at the SUNY Online Summit– February 28-29, 2004, SUNY Global Center, NYC
  • Poster session at SUNY CIT – May 21-24, 2024, University at Buffalo
Additionally, participants are invited to present their effective practice during National Distance Learning Week and as part of ongoing SUNY Online webinar offerings, and submit to the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository


Congratulations to the 2024 SUNY Effective Online Practices Award winners!

  • 1st place: Optimizing Digital Learning Instruction; Empowering Faculty in Online, Hybrid, Blended and HyFlex Learning Environments Presented by Donna Simiele and Lisa Dubuc – SUNY Niagara
  • 2nd place: Collaborative OSCQR Peer Review Process (School of Education & Instructional Design & Distance Learning) Presented by Brooke Winckelmann, Meghan Pereira, Kelli Garas-York, & Patty George – Buffalo State University
  • 3rd place: Using VoiceThread to Assess and Provide Feedback in a Pronunciation Course Presented by Amy Betti – Monroe Community College


Peer Voting – (closed February 26, 2024) Recognition is awarded to entries who receive the highest collective community ratings. To review and rate entries, follow these steps:
  1. Visit the SUNY Effective Online Practices repository.
  2. In the Year field, enter 2024, then click the Search button.
  3. Click on the entry title to read the full description and details.
  4. Complete the “Review this entry” section at the bottom of each entry to rate each Effective Online Practice. All fields are optional. You only need to select the stars, then click the Post Review button.
*Note: Your rating may not be immediately viewable and you may have to refresh the page.

TOPR Partnership SUNY Online Teaching, in collaboration with the University of Central Florida (UCF), sponsors an initiative to recognize excellence in online and blended teaching practices across SUNY in a joint Effective Practices Award Program via the award-winning Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR). TOPR is an open public resource hosted by UCF that reviews, selects, and organizes effective online practices for online faculty, instructional designers and other online teaching and learning practitioners. Submissions from SUNY in the Online Teaching & Learning track are invited to be submitted for consideration for inclusion in TOPR.