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innovative use of

technology award

Deadline: May 31, 2019

2018 Innovative Technology Award 

James D. Breslin

Bellarmine University First Year Predictive Model, Louisville, KY


At the 2010 NCLCA Conference, Julie Redmond, Assistant VP for Academic Support at Columbia College Chicago, suggested to the NCLCA Board an idea for a new award to recognize innovative use of technology for learning centers. The Board very much liked the idea and decided to postpone a call for nominations in 2011 in order to honor two long-time technology innovators for their extremely useful web sites that each had developed as a labor of love of learning. Lucy MacDonald (HowtoStudy.org) and Joe Landsberger (Study Guides and Strategies) were the inaugural winners of the NCLCA Innovative Use of Technology Award. Open nominations for this award will be accepted beginning in 2012.


The purpose of the NCLCA Innovative Use of Technology Award is:

  • To recognize individuals, learning centers, or institutions that use innovative technology solutions focused on the learning center to improve student learning, assist learners who may learn differently, improve resource usage, increase student engagement, or enhance learning strategies.
  • To encourage proliferation of innovative uses of technology to other learning centers so that students everywhere may benefit.

potential areas of technology

Technology is, of course, rapidly developing, so the following list of newer technologies cannot be considered an inclusive list. Furthermore, the use of older technologies, applied in innovative ways, may also lead to an award.

  • Social Media
  • Mobile Learning
  • Lecture Capture
  • Green Technologies
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Podcasting/Blogs/Wikis
  • Document Sharing
  • Live Communication Systems for Online Support
  • Specialized Computer Software

award criteria

The application of technology is related to learning assistance and significantly impacts student learning or learning center operations. The technology solution makes a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current solutions. The technology solution demonstrates a measurable benefit and has the potential to serve as an inspiration or model for further innovation for other learning centers.

Please limit your materials to 5 -10 pages of a word document. Be sure you have addressed each bullet point below. Any (PDF) support letters would need to be included in the page limit and no more than two letters of support please. 


To nominate someone for this award, send an email with the following information in an MS Word attachment to Diana Garland, NCLCA Professional Development Officer:

  • A one-page cover sheet with your name, title, address, institution, e-mail, phone number, and title of your innovative use of technology.
  • The impetus for the innovation.
  • The purpose and objectives of the innovation.
  • A description of the innovation and how it is used.
  • The impact that the innovation has made on students or the learning center.
  • Future plans
  • Implications or implementation considerations for other learning centers.

    Note: Winners must accept the award at the NCLCA annual conference in person or virtually via phone, Skype, FaceTime, or similar technology.

Submit all application materials to Awards@NCLCA.org

    If you have any questions, please contact Awards@NCLCA.org


    2018 James D. Breslin | Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY | First Year Predictive Model

    2017 University of Louisville | REACH Online Student Success Seminars

    2017 John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY | The Use of ePortfolios in Tutor Training and Professional Development

    2017 University of Central Florida | SARC Online

    2016 Wendy Simmerman, Brigham Young University | Instructional Videos for Faculty

    2015 Carlow University

    2014 Jon Mladic, Rasmussen College | Tutor Excellence Training Program

    2014 Mark Walvoord, University of Oklahoma | Use of iPads for Tutoring, Study Skills Enhancement, and People Management

    2012 Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, SUNY Empire College | Academic Support on Demand

    2012 Wendy Gilmore, Ryan Murphy, A. Valentini, and M. Fumagalli, Rochester Institute of Technology | IOS app: SI at RIT

    2012 Frank Christ and Rick Sheets | LSCHE: Learning Support Centers in Higher Education

    2011 Lucy MacDonald | HowtoStudy.org

    2011 Joe Landsberger | Study Guides and Strategies

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