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Criteria to be Considered to be a Judge

  • Strong pedagogical/educational/academic background
  • Recognized by peer instructors
  • Not too involved with the Sakai community
  • Available for training on web-conferencing tools, review of the 3 to 6 finalists' submissions, web-conference with the finalists, and time to debate and pick the winners.
  • Willing to do it for free
  • Would consider judges assigned to categories of awards as needed (K-12, distance education, large groups, etc.)

List of Potential Judges

We will select 3 or 4 judges for this year's award. Please add your suggestion below. List from 2008.

Judged the TWSIA
in Previous Years


URL to Full Bio

School Affliation

Short Intro

Name of
Contact Person

Email of
Contact Person

2008, 2009, 2010

Karen Swan

University of Illinois Springfield

Karen Swan is the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield. Prior to that she was the lead researcher at the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) at Kent State University.



2008, 2009, 2010

Ken Bain

Montclair State University

Ken Bain is Vice Provost for Learning, Director of the Research Academy for University Learning, and Professor of History at Montclair University in Montclair, New Jersey.



2009, 2010, Accepted invite for 2011

James Zimmerman

Rollins College

James Zimmerman is the Director, CAJ Institute for Effective Teaching International House Rollins College Winter Park, FL 32789




Paul Elsner

Sedona Conversations

Paul Elsner was Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District 1977-1999. He is one of two leading members of Sedona Conversations, an organization whose goal is to assist leaders in understanding and comprehending new developments in multimedia, the merging of education, technology and entertainment, and understanding future change. He has written and spoken widely on the impact of technology and is a recognized leader in higher education.




Angela T. Ragusa

Charles Sturt University

Angela Ragusa is a senior lecturer in sociology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia. She earned her MS in Science and Technology Studies and a PhD in Sociology from Virginia Tech University. She was born and raised in New York City and prior to academia worked for the United Nations, investment banks and law firms.




Noriah Ismail

MARA University of Technology (Segamat Branch)



Accepted Invite for 2011

Dr. Larry Ragan

Dr. Lawrence C. Ragan is the director of instructional design and development for Penn State's World Campus

Director- Instructional Design & Development Continuing and Distance Education/World Campus where he teaches a course on Faculty Development for Online and Hybrid courses. Short Bio:



Active in Sakai Community

Trent Batson



judge for this recent award program:



Antioch is a Sakai Campus

Brenda Boyd

Director Academic Technology Antioch University

Online course development; online discussion facilitation; online teaching coaching; Quality Matters: Master Peer Reviewer, QM Peer Reviewer Trainer, Master Reviewer Trainer.



Accepted invite for 2011

Laurie Richlin

Director of the Office of Faculty Development at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.

In addition, she is Director of the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching - West, Executive Editor of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and the Learning Communities Journal, and President of the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars. Her recent publications include Blueprint for Learning: Constructing Courses to Facilitate, Assess, and Document Learning (Stylus, 2006), Building Faculty Learning Communities (NDTL Number 97) with Milton Cox, "Scholarly Teaching & the Scholarship of Teaching" in The Scholarship of Teaching (New Directions in Teaching and Learning); Preparing Faculty for the New Conceptions of Scholarship (New Directions in Teaching and Learning); "Broadening the Concept of Scholarship in the Professions" (with Rice), in Educating Professionals (Curry & Wergin, eds.); "Preparing the Faculty of the Future to Teach," in Successful Faculty Development Strategies (Wright, ed.); "Using CATs to Shift the Focus From Teaching Survival to Student Learning" in Classroom Assessment and Research: An Update on Uses, Approaches, and Research Findings (New Directions in Teaching and Learning); "Using Portfolios to Document Teaching Excellence" in Honoring Exemplary Teaching (with Manning, New Directions in Teaching and Learning); and Improving a College/University Teaching Evaluation System (with Manning, Alliance Publishers).



Invited for 2011

Alec Couros

Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina

Administrative roles: ICT Coordinator, and Assistant Director of the Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit (SIDRU).



Un. of Georgia is a Sakai campus

Thomas C. Reeves, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus Dept. of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology (EPIT)College of EducationThe University of Georgia

New book: A Guide to Authentic e-Learning:



Invited for 2011

Dr. Ken Masters


Asst. Professor: Medical Informatics Medical Education Unit
College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, E-i-C: The Internet Journal of Medical Education



invited to judge 2011

Lisa Dawley, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair
Dept. of Educational Technology, Boise State University,



invited to judge 2011

Lisa Dawley, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair
Dept. of Educational Technology, Boise State University,



invited to judge 2011

Catherine McLoughlin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Education, ACU National Canberra

Catherine McLoughlin is an Associate Professor with the School of Education at the Australian Catholic University, Canberra, where she formerly served as Head of School. She also is the coordinator of the Australian Capital Territory branch of the Research Centre for Science, Information Technology and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR). With over 20 years' experience in higher education in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Australia, Catherine has experience and expertise in a variety of educational settings, with diverse students and across a wide range of cultural contexts. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), with oversight for the Society's research strategies and initiatives, and Editor of ASCILITE's official journal, the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Last but not least, Catherine is an editorial board member of a number of leading journals, including the British Journal of Educational Technology.


Antioch is a Sakai Campus

Katie Golus

Katie Golus Bio,

Instructional Designer, Antioch University