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Glenda Gunter, an associate professor in the College of Education, developed her first online courses when the web was in its infancy. She has created and taught more than 70 fully or partially online courses.

Gunter will receive a prestigious award recognizing her accomplishments and service to the online learning community in November from the Sloan Consortium, a national leader in helping schools provide a first-class online education.

In his nomination letter, Joel Hartman, UCF’s vice provost for Information Technologies, called Gunter a “pioneer” in online education.

Gunter also has earned the respect and admiration of her students.

“Each time I turned something in, I would receive a paragraph full of specific compliments, constructive criticism and motivating words to carry me into the next assignment,” one former student said. “Her method of delivery and dedication to her students truly is a step above what many other teachers at the collegiate level offer their students.”

Gunter will be presented with her award at the Sloan Consortium International Conference in Orlando.

In the past seven years, UCF has received five awards from the Sloan Consortium. The other awards were:

2009 – Susan J. Wegmann, assistant professor, College of Education, Excellence in Online Teaching Award

2008 – UCF, Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education

2005 – Charles Dziuban, director, College of Education, Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual

2003 – UCF, Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching Award

The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization, dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education and helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale and breadth of education.