University of New England receives 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award

Image courtesy of: Online Learning Consortium
Image courtesy of: Online Learning Consortium

November 17, 2017

The University of New England recently received the 2017 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Digital Learning Innovation (DLI) Award in the Faculty-Led Team category. The UNE team, headed by Kash Dutta, M.S., senior lecturer in biology, the team’s presenter, won the recognition for the creation of a blended curriculum, using McGraw Hill’s Connect courseware and SmartBook/LearnSmart, Anatomy and Physiology Revealed and Physiology Interactive Lab Simulations to improve student learning outcomes and retention in a large restructured gateway Anatomy and Physiology course for Allied Health majors.

The curriculum’s pre-lecture SmartBook reading, adaptive assessment/learning, and post-lecture online interactive homework and quizzes combine to engage student s in self-assessment. According to Dutta, the model allows each individual student to progress at his or her own speed through the course materials, which are tagged with Bloom’s taxonomy levels. Furthermore, student can engage with remediation resources until they have achieved their desired level of success.

The DLI Award program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Program, recognizes exemplary higher education faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware in undergraduate programs. This year’s awards were presented on November 16 during the OLC Accelerate conference, held in Orlando.

The OLC is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner.

Learn more about the award.

Read more in Business Insider and Inside Higher Ed.

To learn more about the University of New England’s College of Arts and Sciences, visit

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