The Provost’s Awards for Transformative Online Courses (TOC) recognize online courses developed by faculty members of the UAB community that exemplify best practices and innovation in online education. "Transformative" courses are defined as those that enhance the student experience through the use of innovative teaching strategies, fostering an interactive learning community that maximizes student engagement and outcomes.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

UAB encourages those making awards, and those naming selection committees for awards to keep in mind the diversity, equity, and inclusion values and goals of both the UAB strategic plan Forging the Future and of the Strategic Diversity Plan.  We strive to make sure everybody counts, every day, and that we actively seek varied perspectives in our decision-making, including when recognizing our faculty with awards.

Guidelines and Forms

Download the Provost’s Awards for Transformative Online Courses 2022_TOC_Nomination_and_Application_Process_Guidelines.pdf for details and forms.

2022 Activities Timeline

  • February 11, 2022: Submission of Nomination Form and Letter of Support due.
  • February 18, 2022: Notification to eligible nominees.
  • February 25, 2022: Nominee’s acceptance email due.
  • March 25, 2022: Nominee’s completed application packet due.
  • June 3, 2022: Review completed.
  • June 10, 2022: Awardees selected and notified.
  • Fall 2022: Awardee(s) presentation to faculty and staff (exact date TBA).

Courses may be nominated by completing and submitting the nomination form. Courses may be nominated by a faculty, student or staff member of the UAB community, and self-nominations are accepted. In addition to the completed Nomination Form, the nominator must provide a letter of support. Both items must be emailed to UAB eLearning by end of day February 11, 2022.

Nominations will be reviewed for eligibility requirements and those meeting the requirements will be notified by February 18, 2022. The nominee must email a memo of acceptance to UAB eLearning by February 25, 2022.

Application Submission Process

Completed application packets must be emailed to UAB eLearning by end of day, March 25, 2022. The application packet must include:

By Nominator (this will already have been received and will be added to the packet):

  • Completed nomination form.
  • Letter of support by nominator. If self-nominating, please provide background on course and testimonials if available.

By Nominee:

  • A faculty written assessment of how the course meets each of the selection criteria, as described above.
  • Maximum of three pages, minimum one page.
  • Letters from students who have taken the course, describing how the course affected their learning.
  • Maximum of three letters, minimum of one letter.
  • Supporting documentation including student feedback and evaluations of the course.
  • Maximum of ten pages, minimum of three pages.
  • Completed course access form.

Download the Provost’s Awards for Transformative Online Courses pdf2022_TOC_Nomination_and_Application_Process_Guidelines.pdf  for details and forms.


  • 2020
    Lauren Rast

    Lauren Rast, Ph.D.

    Course: PH 201 QL | College Physics
    Department: Physics
    School: College of Arts and Sciences
    Learn more about Dr. Rast.

  • 2019

    DeReef Jamison, Ph.D.

    Course: AAS 335 QL | Psychology of Hip Hop
    Department: African American Studies
    School: College of Arts and Sciences
    Learn more about Dr. Jamison.

  • 2017


    Beth Barstow, Ph.D.

    Course: OT679 | Foundations in Low Visions II
    Department: Occupational Therapy
    School: School of Health Professions
    Learn more about Dr. Barstow.


    Brenda Bertrand, Ph.D.

    Course: NTR 601 | Advanced Medical Nutrition
    Department: Nutrition Sciences Chair Office
    School: School of Health Professions
    Learn more about Dr. Bertrand.

  • 2016

    Eta Berner, Ph.D.

    Course: HI 640 | Introduction to Health Information Systems
    Department: Health Services Administration
    School: School of Health Professions
    Learn more about Dr. Berner.


    Christopher Edmonds, Ph.D.

    Course: AC 200 | Principles of Accounting I
    Department: Accounting & Finance
    School: Collat School of Business
    Learn more about Dr. Edmonds.


    Malinda O'Leary, Ph.D.

    Course: SPA 313 | Business Spanish
    Department: World Languages & Literatures
    School: College of Arts & Sciences
    Learn more about Dr. O'Leary.

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