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About the Award

In recognition of the visionary leadership of Dr. Muriel Oaks, WSU Dean Emeritus, the Oaks Academic Technology Award recognizes the innovative use of technology to transform teaching and learning. The award is open to all instructors on any WSU campus.

Muriel Oaks
Muriel Oaks

Dr. Oaks was a pioneer and visionary for 31 years at WSU. She joined WSU in 1979 and served as program director for Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System (WHETS) from 1988 to 1993. She then became director of Extended Academic Programs and culminated her career as Dean of the Center for Distance and Professional Education, now known as Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) and home of the Global Campus.

Dr. Oaks was known for her work in distance education and saw learning technologies as an opportunity to support the land grant mission, to expand access to WSU programs, and to improve the student experience.

Under her leadership, WSU was one of the first universities in the country to deliver video-based distance education courses. Committed to creating access to quality education globally, Dr. Oaks also oversaw the transition from online courses to full online program offerings, many of which WSU still delivers today.


Award Winners

Bill Schlosser

Schlosser wins 2020 Oaks Academic Technology Award

William “Dr. Bill” Schlosser, a faculty member at the School of the Environment, is the winner of the 2020 Oaks Academic Technology Award for of his innovative use of multiple software tools to give students a platform to effectively complete research activities and present their findings following WSU’s transition to distance learning in Spring 2020.

Read the full article at WSU Insider.

Previous Award Winners

Photo: Rebecca Cooney.
Rebecca Cooney

2018-2019: Rebecca Cooney

Rebecca Cooney, a clinical assistant professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, has been selected the winner of the 2019 Oaks Academic Technology Award for her innovative and transformative use of Google Drive to increase learning capacity.

Read the full article at WSU Insider.

Chris Cooney
Chris Cooney

2017-2018: Chris Cooney

Chris Cooney, a clinical assistant professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, has been selected the winner of the 2018 Oaks Award for his innovative use of the cloud-based storytelling tool Spark.

Read the full article at WSU Insider.

Connie Remsberg, left, and Muriel Oaks
Connie Remsberg, left, and Muriel Oaks

2016-2017: Connie Remsberg

Connie Remsberg, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at WSU Spokane, has been selected the winner of the 2017 Oaks Award.

Application

Submit Oaks Award Application

  • Nominate an outstanding innovator or submit your own innovative use of academic technology.
  • Submission must document a current use of technology that is transformative, and ideally scalable and applicable to a variety of disciplines.
  • The technology cannot create a barrier to individuals, so it should be accessible to all, affordable and user-friendly. 
  • The application must focus on teaching and learning, not technology for the sake of technology.

The award winner will receive $3,000 in faculty development funds distributed to their academic department.