Labadie awarded for innovative online instruction

Colorado State University OnlinePlus recently honored civil engineering professor, Dr. John Labadie, with the OnlinePlus Innovative Educator (OPIE) Award.

“The OPIE award is our opportunity to recognize a faculty member who has gone above and beyond to engage with students, exemplifying outstanding instruction and relationship building in an online program,” said Mike Palmquist, associate provost for instructional innovation.

Each semester, graduating online students are afforded the opportunity to nominate faculty who made a positive impact on their educational experience. Mark Wilsnack, a graduate of the online mechanical engineering master’s program, nominated Labadie.

“It always appeared that Prof. Labadie invested a tremendous amount of energy in preparing lecture materials," Wilsnack said. "His lectures not only clearly communicated the principles being taught, but were also relevant to engineering practice. In structuring his course materials, it was evident that his knowledge was not only on the cutting edge, but also that he maintained a keen awareness of the training needs of practicing engineers. While preparing and administering such online classes can be demanding, Dr. Labadie was always positive and motivated in this teaching role.”

Dr. Labadie brings 43 years of research and consulting in water resources to his classes, adding immense value, said CSU OnlinePlus Program Director Scott Woods.

“His ability to share and transfer his vast knowledge and experience to the online student is inspirational," Woods said. "He goes the distance in ensuring a valuable learning experience, which is inspired by his philosophy of promoting student engagement and success.” 


Colorado State University OnlinePlus has more than 45 years of experience creating and delivering CSU’s online and distance programs. In support of the University’s land-grant mission of expanding access to education, the division connects students who cannot or choose not to come to campus with Colorado State’s renowned faculty, research, and academic curricula.

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.

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