University of Calgary

Garrison honoured

October 9, 2009

Online learning pioneer honoured


Randy Garrison will receive an award for outstanding achievement in online learning at the Sloan-C Annual International Conference in Orlando, Florida.
/ Photo: Ken Bendiktsen
More than 20 years ago, when the internet was in its infancy, Randy Garrison was already creating a framework for online and blended teaching and learning. Later this month, the director of U of C’s Teaching and Learning Centre will be recognized for his many contributions to the field with a prestigious award from The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online and blended learning. 

For Garrison, online teaching and learning is and always has been about collaboration and community. “Early in my career I realized that researchers were focusing on independent study, but I strongly believed that success in both online and face-to-face education was about creating and sustaining a community of learners,” he explains. “It’s very fulfilling to see this come to life with the evolution of the internet. Today, technology is a critical tool for engaging students in both online and blended teaching and learning.”

Garrison’s work has advanced online and blended learning and his Community of Inquiry Framework continues to be the leading theory guiding research and practice in the field.

He will receive the award for most outstanding achievement in online learning by an individual at the Sloan-C Annual International Conference in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 29. A distinguished committee of leaders in higher education was responsible for evaluating the nominations.

For more information on The Sloan Consortium awards, visit To find out more about online and blended learning resources at U of C, visit the Teaching and Learning Centre at

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