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Awards / Honors

CSU presents OnlinePlus Innovative Educator Award

January 16, 2014

Colorado State University was proud to present the OnlinePlus Innovative Educator (OPIE) Award to Julie Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Assistant Professor Julie TaylorOPIE award

“The OPIE award is our opportunity to recognize a faculty member who has worked hard to engage with students, exemplifying outstanding instruction and relationship building in an online program,” said Jordan Fritts, CSU OnlinePlus interim associate provost. “As online education advances, we’re excited to recognize faculty across the University for their achievements in our online programs,” he explained.

Students graduating from online programs this semester were provided with the opportunity to nominate a faculty member who had made the most impact on their educational experience while at CSU. Taylor received her nomination because of her ability to push her students to achieve their full potential. “Dr. Taylor’s courses have been the hardest and the most rewarding courses I have had through my undergraduate degree.”

Students raved

Students raved about the connections she strived to make with everyone and the flexibility she showed.

"Not only did Dr. Taylor provide thought-provoking discussions and assignments, she also tried to connect with each of her students, responding to every introduction post and every email – all within a timely manner," said Michelle McConnell, the student who nominated Taylor. "She is the only instructor that has her students send her mid-term updates, basically stating where they are and how they are feeling in the course. She understands that life gets in the way sometimes and works with students so that they complete their work."

Valuable option

Colorado State University OnlinePlus congratulates and thanks Taylor. Her contributions to the online Human Development and Family Studies program at CSU help make it a valuable option for students looking to finish their bachelor’s degree online.

“Dr. Taylor makes online learning easier to manage for her students, and putting students’ needs first is what makes an outstanding educator – one that CSU is proud to have,” Fritts said.

About OnlinePlus

Colorado State University OnlinePlus has more than 45 years of experience delivering online and distance education. We support the University's land-grant mission of expanding access to education by connecting students who cannot or choose not to come to campus with Colorado State's renowned faculty, research, and academic curricula, delivering high-quality, in-demand degrees and courses with the convenience and innovation that today's students need.

CSU OnlinePlus is a division of the Office of Engagement, which strengthens CSU’s ability to achieve excellence in the areas of teaching and learning, retention and graduation, admissions and access, and engagement and service and assists communities through engagement, scientific discovery, and regional research.

For more information about Colorado State University OnlinePlus, visit or call (970) 491-5288.

Contact: Amy Jo Miller
Phone: 970-491-2277