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Dr. Susmita Hazra honored by Council for Online Learning Excellence

Dr. Susmita Hazra, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering at Cameron University, has been honored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) with the Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for Teaching.

Hazra, an online STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educator, joined the CU faculty in 2017. During her tenure she has excelled in creating engaging online courses. She integrates active learning through multimedia tools, varied assessments, and community-building activities. Her commitment to accessibility is evident in her ongoing efforts to improve mobile responsiveness and inclusivity for learners with disabilities. Hazra’s approach to modern learning includes using technology to facilitate micro-learning (i.e., small learning units or short-term learning activities) and innovative assignments, such as using stargazing applications in astronomy. A Quality Matters certified peer reviewer, Hazra has shared her strategies in various educational settings across the country.

Formed in 2016, COLE recognizes the excellent work of faculty, staff and administrators at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. The Oklahoma Online Excellence Awards were established in 2017 to formally recognize individuals and teams for exceptional work in online or hybrid learning.

“Online learning is an increasingly integral part of Oklahoma higher education,” said Chancellor Allison D. Garrett. “With nearly 550 fully online degree programs available, our colleges and universities provide vital online education options that expand college access and enhance flexibility for students working to complete their degrees, including adult learners.”



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