NC3ADL Awards recognize excellence in the North Carolina Community College System eLearning community. These annual awards highlight accomplishments that advance best practices in the field of distance learning.

The NC3ADL Awards include three categories this year:

  • Learning Object of the Year:  This award is given to a North Carolina Community College employee for the creation of an instructional object that demonstrates a clear objective, a creative approach to pedagogy, and innovative use of technology.
  • eLearning Innovator:  This award recognizes an individual who has found new ways to do challenging things online.
  • eLearning Champion: Distance Learning has come a long way over time. This award honors a community college employee who has blazed the trail ahead of others to allow us to make strides in our industry.

Winners Announced at the NC3ADL Conference, Raleigh Convention Center, October 1, 2013

2013 Learning Object of the Year Award Recipient:  Renea Paradis, Guilford Technical Community College, Instructional Designer

Renea Paradis created a learning object that positively impacts all current and potential new students at her college.  Collaborating with a team of individuals from multiple departments, she created the resource “Pathways to Success.” Launched in April, this Student Orientation Experience resource has already been utilized by over 5,000 students. “Pathway to Success” organizes all of the student “application-to-registration steps” into a streamlined experience.  A colleague noted in the nomination: “Her expertise is seen throughout this tool.” The audio and visual aspects of this resource are outstanding examples of high-quality instructional design and delivery. To view this excellent resource, visit

2013 eLearning Innovator Award Recipient:  David Smith, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Director of Technology Innovation and Applications 

David Smith has been a leader of innovation over the years making significant contributions to his college and beyond.  He models the best of the distance learning profession, excelling in technological innovation and advocating teaching and eLearning best practices. David’s ability to be a strong collaborator and a bridge between technical and conceptual project partners are highly praised attributes noted in his nomination. As Director of Technology Innovations and Applications at FTCC, he provides leadership for the college’s technology support for distance education initiatives, interactive 3D, and other learning technologies. Actively involved with many NCCCS initiatives, he serves as the Assistant Director of the Virtual Learning Community (VLC) Technology Center. David has been a leading force in distance education through his VLC work, serving in the capacity of Managing Editor, Subject Matter Expert, and Instructional Designer. He has been a member of COLT (Commission on Learning Technologies) and the (NC-LOR) Meta-data committee. He is past Western Region Vice-President of NC3ADL. He has been a frequent presenter at state and national conferences, including the League of Innovation and Sloan ET4Online.

2013 eLearning Champion Award Recipient:  Ann Russell, Bladen Community College, Dean of Distance and Evening Programs

Ann Russell started her educational career in public schools as an English teacher for East Bladen high School, then taught English and Communications at Bladen Community College. She has served her college for over 13 years as a leader promoting growth and high quality standards in non-traditional delivery methods.

Ann has worked with the Virtual Learning Community (VLC) in several capacities and recently chaired the State Authorization committee. She has extensively used the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) technology for distance learning through Level II agreements with other colleges. In the past, Ann has also served as President of the Community College Faculty Association. Recently Bladen Community College became the first college in the NCCCS to gain national certification of its distance learning program from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

One colleague stated in the nomination narrative, “She has always been a pioneer and a champion when it comes to Information Highway classes and online class requirements.” Several nominations praised Ann for being the idea champion and project planner for the college working toward and receiving the USDLA certification.

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We thank the NC3ADL members that nominated their peers from across the North Carolina Community College System and the individuals that served on the review committee.

Congratulations 2013 NC3ADL Award Winners!