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Elizabeth Ciabocchi Named 2015 Fellow by Online Learning Organization

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Recognizing her contributions to web-based education, Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D, vice provost for digital learning at St. John’s, has been named a 2015 Fellow by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).

The 2015 Fellows will be formally announced in October at the 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, FL.   “This recognition has great personal significance for me,” said Ciabocchi. “I am honored to be able to join such a distinguished group of leaders in my field.”

The Consortium is a national, nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing online learning among educators, academic institutions, and corporations. The OLC Board selects Fellows from among its members based on professional qualifications, experience, leadership, and volunteer service to the organization.  

Since joining OLC nearly a decade ago, Ciabocchi has chaired, presented original research at, and served on steering committees for the organization’s professional conferences. She came to St. John’s in February 2014. Her achievements at the University include developing services and training for online faculty while helping to design resources for students taking web-based and hybrid courses. In these efforts, she has collaborated with the Center for Teaching and Learning, University Libraries, and the Office of Information Technology.

Under Ciabocchi’s leadership, the University has introduced quality assurance guidelines for online course design and instruction. She also has pursued the application process for state authorization to offer online programs to students outside of New York. Reflecting the impact of these contributions, U.S. News & World Report  ranked SJU’s 2015 online graduate business, graduate education, and undergraduate offerings among its top 50 online education programs. 

Committed to furthering the University’s strategic priorities of ensuring student success, and enhancing the teaching and learning environment, Ciabocchi said, “It is very satisfying to be able to use my expertise in instructional technology to help create more accessible, interactive, and innovative learning platforms.”