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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 Teaching Fellows and 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.
  • Online Course Quality Practices: Exemplary processes or practices to ensure quality in course design, course accessibility, and student learning environment.
  • 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 academic or student programs.
  • 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, courses, and professional development for online practitioners.
  • All effective 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 practices that earn the highest ratings overall will be recognized. The Effective Practices Awards are conferred annually at the SUNY Online Summit.

    Timeline for 2023 Submissions (Round 9)

    Call for Submissions Opens – December 15, 2023

    Call for Submissions Closes – February 6, 2024

    Peer Voting Opens – February 13, 2024

    Peer Voting Closes – March 5, 2024

    Awards Conferred at the SUNY Online Summit

    Poster session at SUNY CIT

    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 2023 SUNY Effective Online Practices Award winners!

  • 1st place: Making it Real: Integrating Immersive VR across the University at Buffalo Doctorate of Social Work Program Presented by: Steve Sturman, University at Buffalo Doctorate Program in Social Work
  • 2nd place: E-Portfolios for Learning & Development Presented by: Karen Caldwell, SUNY Potsdam
  • 2nd place: SUNY Canton OSCQR Certification Program Presented by: Allison Bond and Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction
  • 3rd place: Professionals in the Discipline webinar series to support online students Presented by: Brandon Murphy and Kathy Lang, SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry
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    Peer Voting – (voting is now closed) 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 2023, 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 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.