Bruce and Lillian Wright Online Teaching Awards
A program of the UM-Flint Office of Extended Learning funded by the Bruce and Lillian Wright Endowment for Distance Education
Winning Presentations


This is the second annual online teaching award, developed to distinguish and showcase effective, memorable and inspiring student distance learning experiences created by our faculty. The intent also is to recognize the commitment and diligent work of our faculty involved in online and mixed-mode learning and teaching.

This program is not designed for the evaluation of an entire course, but rather for individual lessons or units that might include one or more of the following, or something totally unique and creative!

  • Simulations
  • Animations
  • Tutorials
  • Drill and practice
  • Assessments
  • Survey tools
  • Lectures/presentations
  • Group projects
  • Discussion series
  • Entire course units on a specific topic

Submit your entry by March 31, 2014. Awardees will be notified April 16 and asked to display their work in a non-poster poster session in late April. Five awards range from $200 to $600 each, with numerous $100 honorable mentions.

Individual UM-Flint faculty (including lecturers), or teams of faculty and staff, are eligible to present praiseworthy online learning experiences they have developed and offered at least once in any prior semester.  Faculty are limited to two submissions per instructor.

Entry Information
The entry form identifies required information for a submission and clarifies general criteria to be applied in selecting the winners.  


1st place=$600
2nd =$500
3rd =$400

Honorable mentions will be awarded $100 each.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff based on the following criteria.

The nominee has implemented a creative approach to one or more emerging instructional technologies or challenges.

Instructional strategy
The activity and assessment are tied to the learning objectives/desired outcomes.

Lesson materials
Materials are well-designed and address multiple learning preferences.

Evidence of active learning
The activity promotes analysis, synthesis, evaluation or application of course content.

Effective learning outcomes
There is evidence of successful learning outcomes.

Learner satisfaction
The lesson had a lasting and transformative effect on learners.


1 This may be as simple as using a laptop to display or demonstrate lesson materials. OEL assistance will be available.