Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for Innovation

Robert Wall, assistant director research & development; Liz Crowell, instructional tech manager; Drew Stephenson, instructional tech III

UCO’s IDEA Team was recognized with the 2022 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for Innovation by the State Regents’ Council for Online Learning Excellence. This accomplishment was awarded to the IDEA Team for their innovative development process and achievements in experiential learning.

A branch of UCO’s Center for eLearning and Connected Environments, the IDEA Team is a cross-disciplined team of data scientists, programmers and artists dedicated to research and development. Notable projects include the Forward: Leadership Simulation, KPI Dashboard and the UCO Fashion Archives.


Get to know the IDEA Team and some of their projects here.

Buddy Broncho made his first appearance in UCO's own newspaper The Vista. It was the October 3, 1932, issue where a Broncho appears wearing a UCO football uniform. He has appeared numerous times throughout the years from local Edmond papers in the 60's to state-wide papers in the 80's. The commissioning of the first ever live mascot appears in UCO's 1979 Bronze Book where Buddy Broncho made his first public appearance at Homecoming. Since that time, Buddy has been a fixture at UCO events and in the hearts of UCO students.