Congratulations to this year's prize winners!

Conference Contest



Monday Game Book: The Manifesto for Teaching Online, Sian Bayne & Jeremy Knox Alexus Maschinot
Monday Game Book: Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading, Jenae Cohn Jessie Piper
Twitter award Twitter award
Book: Remote Teaching and Learning: Reflections and Practical Advice, Magna Publications
Tom Pantazes
Monday Swag DT&L Swag Box Margaret Puentes
Tuesday Game Book: Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction, Linda Bloomberg Robin Ertz
Tuesday Middle Book: Remote Teaching and Learning: Reflections and Practical Advice, Magna Publications Tristin Campbell
Tuesday Swag DT&L Swag Box Holly Rey
Wednesday Game Book: Online Learning: The Student Experience, George Veletsianos Brian Phillip
Wednesday Swag DT&L Swag Box Patricia Spurr
Orientation Game Book: Small Teaching Online, Flower Darby Dana OBrien
Grand Prize DT&L Swag Box & Grand Prize Trophy Alexus Maschinot
Floofiest Floof Book: Remote Teaching and Learning: Reflections and Practical Advice, Magna Publications Jonathan Dick

Schullo Best Distance Teaching Practices Award

Established in 2010, this award is named in memory of our late colleague and distance educator, Shauna Schullo. It honors her commitment and contributions to the study and practice of distance education and her involvement with the annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference.

Each year, this award is given to an information session presenter from the previous year’s conference.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Learner-centered: The presenter’s practice focuses on relevancy to learners’ perspectives, outcomes, and positive impact to learners.
  • Exportability: The practice can be implemented in a variety of learning environments.
  • Potential impact: The practice would advance the field of distance education.
  • Evidence-based: The practice is supported with evidence of effectiveness.
  • Excellence and quality: The practice explains its relationship with quality elements or indicates quality outcomes; the presenter demonstrates effective presentation skills and strategies.
  • Creativity: The practice is inventive, innovative, and offers a unique adaptation.
2017 Schullo award winner
2016 Schullo award winners

2020 Schullo award winner

Crystal McCabe & Sonya Berges

Welcome to the
neighborhood: Building community in an online classroom

Past Schullo Award recipients

2020 Crystal McCabe & Sonya Berges Welcome to the
neighborhood: Building community in an online classroom
2019 Christie DeCarolis Building rapport online: A Blueprint
2018 James Moore Overcoming barriers: How to increase faculty and staff buy-in for online programs
2017 Sandra J. Huston A five-step design and delivery approach for quality student discussions
2016 Ryan Anderson and Terry Tao Success! A faculty-centric online teaching professional development model
2015 Patrick Lowenthal If you record it, will they watch it? And will it matter? Exploring student perceptions of online video
2014 Sharon Guan and Daniel Stafford A Dash of DOTS: Ingredients for award-winning faculty development
2013 Tina Stavredes and Tiffany Herder Strategies and techniques to help online learners persist
2012 David Stein and Constance Wanstreet E-coaching and feedback practices to promote higher-order thinking online
2011 Betsy Bannier Understanding out adult undergraduate learners: Designing courses for success
2010 Katherine Hayden Best of the best in online instruction: Effective strategies for designing online activities

Mildred B. & Charles A. Wedemeyer Award

Since 1987, this award has honored distinguished contributions to the scholarship and practice of distance education.

Charles Wedemeyer championed diversity in the learning options and supported learner access and choice throughout his work as an author, researcher, instructor, and administrator. In the mid-20th century, he outlined a vision for the use of telecommunications and media as instructional tools that would free teaching and learning from the confinements of the classroom and clock. That vision had global influence and laid the foundation for much of today’s distance education theory and practice.

The Wedemeyer Award also bears the name Mildred Wedemeyer, Charles’ wife and partner in advocating for the needs of all learners.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Contributions to the practice of distance education
  • Pedagogical soundness of programs and practices
  • Ties to extant knowledge and research
  • Ongoing evaluation of programs and practice
  • Efforts to enhance the practice of others
  • Transfer of practice innovations to others
  • Demonstrated benefits in terms of innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and communication in distance education
  • Impact of excellence in practice with demonstrated regional, national, or international reach
  • Vision of distance education practice in the future
2013 Wedemeyer award winners
2015 Wedemeyer award winners

2020 Wedemeyer winner for Outstanding Writer in Distance Education

Rick Shearer

The Power of Theory and
Research to Impact our Field: Asking the Hard Questions

Recipients are honored for either: Outstanding Writer or Scholar in Distance Education or Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.

Past Wedemeyer Award recipients

2020 Rick Shearer The Power of Theory and
Research to Impact our Field: Asking the Hard Questions
2019 Karen Diane Jones, Regina Figueiredo-Brown Reaching potential students: Lessons learned from a study of challenges and experiences marketing virtual schools
2017 Jessica Nicklin, Lauren McNall, Christopher Cerasoli, Calire Varga, R.J. McGivney Teaching Online: Applying Need Theory to the Work-Family Interface
2015 Jeff E. Hoyt and Darin Oviatt Governance, Faculty Incentives, and Course Ownership in Online Education at Doctorate-Granting Universities
2013 Esther Prins, Brendaly Drayton, Ramazan Gungor, and Cathy Kassab Distance Learning for GED Students in Rural Pennsylvania
2011 Aisha Al-Harthi Learner Self-Regulation in Distance Education: A Cross-Cultural Study
2009 Christy G. Keeler and Mark Horney Online Course Designs: Are Special Needs Being Met?
2007 Cristina Pomales-Garcia and Yili Liu Web-Based Distance Learning Technology: The Impacts of Web Module Length and Format
2005 Mary Annette Rose Comparing Productive Online Dialogue in Two Group Styles: Cooperative and Collaborative
2003 Dianne L. Conrad Engagement, Excitement, Anxiety, and Fear: Learners’ Experiences of Starting an Online Course
2001 Krisanna Machtmes and William Asher A Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Telecourses in Distance Education
1999 Jeannette McDonald and Chere Campbell Gibson Interpersonal Dynamics and Group Development in Computer Conferencing
1997 Whitney Rogers Bischoff, Sarah Bisconer, Barbara Kooker, and Lanell Woods Transactional Distance and Interactive Television in the Distance Education of Health Professionals
1995 Rebecca Oxford, Young Park-Oh, Sukero Ito, and Malenna Sumrall Factors Affecting Achievement in a Satellite-Delivered Japanese Language Program
1993 Myra Baynton Dimensions of “Control” in Distance Education: A Factor Analysis
1992 Brian Dille and Michael Mezack Identifying Predictors of High Risk Among Community College Telecourse Students
1991 S. Todd Stubbs and Byron B. Burnham An Instrument for Evaluating the Potential Effectiveness of Electronic Distance Education Systems
1990 Andrew Woudstra and Richard Powell Management: Value Chain Analysis. A Framework for Management of Distance Education
1989 Farhad Saba Concepts: Integrated Telecommunications Systems and Instructional Transaction
1988 Becky Dunning Independent Study in Higher Education: A Captive of Legendary Resilience?
1987 Michael Moore

Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education

2018 Ellen Wagner
2016 Ray Schroeder
2014 Curtis J. Bonk
2012 Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt
2010 Terry Anderson
2008 Christine Olgren
2006 Darcy Walsh Hardy
2004 Gary Miller
2002 Rory McGreal
2000 Janet Poley
1998 Donald Olcott, Jr.
1996 Thomas Cyrs
1994 Becky Dunning, Marvin VanKekerix, and Lee Zaborowski
2011 Wedemeyer award winner