Kennesaw State recognized by national consortium for excellence in online learning

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National award honors extraordinary innovation in online learning success  KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct…

Georgia (Oct 14, 2015)National award honors extraordinary innovation in online learning success 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 14, 2015) — As a leader in online learning, Kennesaw State University was recognized for excellence in faculty development by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning and founded in 1992 as the Sloan Consortium.

As a recipient of the 2015 OLC Awards, Kennesaw State was honored with the “Excellence in Faculty Development” Award for the KSU Online Teaching Certification for its large-scale effectiveness, excellent use of quantitative data and its flexibility in offering faculty multiple ways to earn certification, according to the OLC.

“Kennesaw State has created a culture of excellence in online teaching and learning, which is reflected in our faculty’s high level of expertise, innovation, scholarship and continuous improvement and has positively impacted our students’ learning in the online environment,” said Elke Leeds, associate vice president of Technology Enhanced Learning at Kennesaw State. “We built an extensive infrastructure of research-based faculty development options. The program was built with a pedagogical commitment to quality, learner-focused design and accessibility, and it accommodates faculty needs for flexibility, ongoing support and subject matter diversity.”

A leader in educational technology and student services in online learning, Kennesaw State established the KSU Online Teaching Certification to support faculty and assist in online course development.

Nearly 450 Kennesaw State faculty members teach the University’s 4,900 online courses for the fall semester. More than 15,000 students are currently taking online courses this semester.

Kennesaw State’s Distance Learning Center (DLC) and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) collaborated to provide the universitywide faculty development training, which has been offered since 2007.

“Kennesaw State has a nationally recognized history of providing excellent faculty development opportunities, and the faculty development for the online modality is no exception,” said Michele DiPietro, executive director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at KSU.  “In this particular case, it is the truly unique collaboration between administrative units and colleges on both campuses that is crucial to our success.”

KSU faculty on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses can meet the University’s online teaching certification requirements through a variety of programs and resources, with workshops covering topics such as vocabulary, issues of pedagogy, copyright, interactive content, blogs and podcasting, assessment and academic integrity.

KSU’s Distance Learning Center and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning also provide additional support for initial design consultations, examples of best practice in course design, storyboarding and designing/building/delivering support.

The OLC Awards recognize the tremendous advances in online learning that result from the ideas and initiatives of individuals and colleges and universities around the world. Other institutions receiving 2015 OLC Awards include New York University, Clemson University, Old Dominion University, Columbia University and Reed College.

The award will be presented at the 21st annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference (OLC2015) in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 14-16.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 




A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit