The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Online Learning Network announced that Torrey Trust, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and the master’s students in her Educational Web Design course, were selected as the winners of the 2016 ISTE Online Learning Award. The award recognizes teachers, educators and/or education leaders who use online learning to engage learners in K-12 and higher education by incorporating innovative learning opportunities.
Trust and her students developed and facilitated a four-week open online course about using digital media in teaching and learning. This course was offered free near the end of the fall 2015 semester to anyone who wished to enroll. Nearly 500 teachers and interested professionals from around the world took the course.
“This, in itself, was a remarkable achievement and demonstrates Torrey's talent as an innovative educator,” said associate professor Florence Sullivan, also in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. “Now, she and her students are being recognized for this achievement by an international educational technology organization with the open learning network award.”
Trust and the group of graduate students will be honored at the 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo in Denver on Monday, June 27.
Since 1991, ISTE's Online Learning Network (formerly Online Learning Special Interest Group) has recognized creative teachers for their pioneering use of telecommunication networks to provide innovative learning opportunities for K–16 students. The online learning award is part of the ISTE Professional Learning Network Awards program.