David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and LearningIn October 2007, Laureate Chairman and CEO Douglas Becker established the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to recognize former board member Dr. David A. Wilson's dedicated service to the Laureate network. Each year, the award goes to two faculty members at Laureate International Universities institutions who are conducting research on innovation in teaching and learning in higher education. Each award winner receives a $50,000 grant to pursue the research projects proposed in his or her application. So far, more than 250 professors from 20 Laureate institutions have submitted research proposals.

2016 Winners:

 Dr. Veronica Garcia

Dr. Verónica Baena Gracía
Universidad Europea de Madrid

Promoting learning and internationality through virtual communities of practice

 Dr. Morag Gray

Dr. Morag Gray
University of Liverpool  Online

Supporting the effective use of learning teams in virtual postgraduate communities across the Laureate network

Past Winners:

Dr. Dimitrios Vlachopoulos

Dr. Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
European University Cyprus

Describing and evaluating quality assurance e-learning design standards

Dr. José Martí-Parreño

Dr. José Martí-Parreño
Universidad Europea de Valencia

Testing the effectiveness of gamified learning programs

Mr. Stamatis Elntib

Mr. Stamatis Elntib
University of Liverpool Online Programs

Modeling the interpersonal dynamics of student retention.

Dr. Birgit Strottman

Dr. Birgit Strotmann
Universidad Europea de Madrid

Content and language integrated learning

Dr. Pascale Hardy

Dr. Evelyn Johnson

Dr. Pascale Hardy
University of Liverpool Online Programs

Knowledge creation and transfer in the workplace: an empirical assessment within an online action learning environment.


Dr. Evelyn Johnson
Walden University

Enhancing an online quantitative research course through increased interaction.

Annamaría Sziláygi

Emmanuel López

Annamaría Sziláygi
University of Liverpool Online Programs

Cultural factors and student retention in international online postgraduate programs.


Emmanuel López
Universidad del Valle de México

Academic coaching and decision making based on artificial intelligence technology.

Andrés Meza and Gary Burkholder

Andrés Meza
Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB)

Development of active learning methods for an introductory physics course.

Gary Burkholder
Walden University

Promotion and assessment of student engagement and higher order thinking in the online discussion forum.

Iris Yob and Pedro Lara

Iris Yob
Walden University

Factors predicting faculty assessments of doctoral studies of independent students.

Pedro Lara
Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM)

Creation of a university-based social networking system to improve students’ learning.

Lea Sulmont and Oscar Filho

Lea Sulmont
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)

Development of an online platform for students to share entrepreneurial experiences.

Oscar Filho
Universidade Potiguar (UnP)

Use of artificial intelligence to assess performance in distance learning environment.