WCET Awards

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2016 WCET Outstanding Work Award

The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need. Look across your campus or organization for successful and innovative works that meet WOW criteria. Works nominated for WOW award...

    • address a significant need or problem in higher education.
    • incorporate creative and/or innovative uses of technology or resources.
    • demonstrate a positive impact towards addressing need.
    • represent a significant contribution to the field of technology-enhanced postsecondary education.
    • can be adapted or used as a model for others.


      The Call for WOW Nominations for 2016 is open!

      Nominations are due Monday, May 2, by 5 pm MDT. Download the Call for Nominations to read the award criteria that will be used by the WOW Award Committee for review and selection of this year’s WOW Awardees. The nominated work must come from a WCET member institution or organization. See the list of current WCET members.

      Submit your nominations as an email attachment to Rosa Calabrese with the subject line "WOW Award Submission." You will receive an acknowledgement for every submission as it is received by WCET.

      For questions regarding the process or status of nominations, contact Rosa Calabrese, 303-541-0219. For questions regarding the suitability of a potential nomination, contact Mollie McGill, 303-541-0306.


      List of Previous WOW Recipients:



      Richard Jonsen awardThe Richard Jonsen Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the e-learning community and WCET during his or her career. Selection criteria for the annual award include a long-standing willingness to nurture and assist others in the e-learning community, a significant contribution to the field, and innovative service to e-learning students.

      The Richard Jonsen Award was established in 1998 to recognize the contributions of Richard (Dick) Jonsen, who, as WICHE's executive director, founded WCET. The award is presented at the WCET Annual Meeting.

      WCET Richard Jonsen Award Recipients - including the 2015 recipient, Linda Thor, chancellor emeritus, Foothill-De Anza Community College Districts.