Capella University Wins Top Award For Innovation In Distance Education

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Award recognizes innovation that contributes to the field of distance education.

Next Generation Learning: Problem-based Learning in an Online Environment

Stacey Clawson, principal learning architect, and Liz Frame, course designer, at Capella University, an accredited* online university, have won a top award for innovation in distance education. The National University Telecommunications Network, a network of professionals advancing higher education through technology and distance learning, selected “Next Generation Learning: Problem-based Learning in an Online Environment” for its Outstanding Distance Education Innovation Award 2006.

Keith Koch, director of next-generation learning at Capella University, said the award recognizes not only Clawson and Frame but many of the employees at Capella University. The Capella team applied an innovative problem-based learning approach and groundbreaking use of learning-platform technology in two redesigned courses in the School of Business and Technology. “These courses are an excellent example of what's possible in the next generation of online learning,” said Koch. “It combines a problem-based learning design with technology in new ways to provide real-world learning experiences, enrich the online-education process, and save time for learners and faculty.”

The Distance Education Innovation Award was presented June 12 at the National University Telecommunications Network’s annual event in Minneapolis.

About the National University Telecommunications Network

The National University Telecommunications Network is committed to providing dynamic leadership and support of applications of new and emerging technologies in distance education. As a premier distance learning professional organization, NUTN provides vision and experience to higher education institutions and professionals serving numerous constituencies and organizations. For more information, go to

About Capella University

Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services and psychology, as well as a bachelor of science online degree program with 11 specializations in business and information technology. The online university currently serves more than 14,500 enrolled learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. Capella is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456,

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