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innovative use of

technology award

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Membership to ICLCA is required prior to nominating or applying for an award or grant. An affiliate member must also become a member of ICLCA in order to be eligible for awards and grants.


2021 Innovative Technology Award 

Amy Caton | SarahAnne Murray | Addie Ashe

Associate Director | Student Coordinator for the Writing Lab | Graduate Student

Choose Your Own Adventure: Enhancing Student Agency, Outreach, and Success

The Center for Academic Learning Support

Texas A&M University Galveston Campus


At the 2010 ICLCA Conference, Julie Redmond, Assistant VP for Academic Support at Columbia College Chicago, suggested to the ICLCA 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 ICLCA Innovative Use of Technology Award.


The purpose of the ICLCA 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.


All members are welcome to apply for awards and grants. Preference will be given to those who have not won the award in the last 2 years.

Membership to ICLCA is required prior to nominating or applying for an award or grant. An affiliate member must also become a member of ICLCA in order to be eligible for awards and grants.

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, please complete the Awards Form. 

  • 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 ICLCA annual conference in person or virtually via phone, Skype, FaceTime, or similar technology.

    For additional information, please contact: machcinskik@nclca.org


    2020 First PlacePatrick Dempsey and Ronald Johnson Florida Atlantic University | Connecting Students to Success: Developing a Mobile Hot Spot Loan Program to Provide Free  Internet to Students

    2020 Second Place: Armando Garza, Juan De La Rosa, and Dr. Roman Sarmiento University of Texas Rio Grande Valley A Twenty-First Century Learning Center Training Program: Incorporating Mixed Reality Simulation Training into Tutor and SI Leader Training

    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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