Luanne Norden

President Cabrera presents the DE Faculty Award to Luanne Norden. Photo courtesy of Creative Services, George Mason University.

Luanne Norden, an instructor in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, is the recipient of Mason’s 2013 Distance Education Award for faculty. The awards ceremony at which Prof. Norden received the award was held on October 16, 2013.

The award is presented to a faculty member whose efforts support quality online course offerings. It is funded by the Office of Distance Education and includes an award for $500.

Luanne Norden developed and teaches two distance education courses, Program Development and Resources in Health Education (HEAL 516), which meets the health methods requirement for teacher licensure in Virginia, and Personal Health (HEAL 110).

Prof. Norden is the coordinator of student teaching for the Health and Physical Education program in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, part of the College of Education and Human Development. As one of her colleagues noted, “Truly well deserved. A genuine accolade to a colleague who puts forth great amounts of effort for student success.”

The selection committee for the Distance Education Award took into account Prof. Norden’s efforts to promote interactivity between students, instructor, and content; a course design that reflects best practices; and inclusion of clear expectations and ample forms of assessment among other criteria.

Online courses are a particular focus of the College of Education and Human Development, which this fall launched four fully online master’s and graduate certificate programs, each with reduced tuition rates for out-of-state students.

This article appeared in a slightly different format on the CEHD Highlights webpage.