USDLA 2012 International Awards Presented for Excellence in Distance Learning for Individuals, Organizations and Companies Honoring their Outstanding Achievements

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World's most prestigious distance learning awards were presented yesterday in St. Louis, Missouri for excellence in distance learning to individuals, organizations and companies.

We are truly on the edge of something great and these winners clearly demonstrate and confirm the transformative powers of distance learning globally.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2012 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the 2012 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.

These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practices, Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming, Best Practices for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual and Hall of Fame.

The USDLA International Awards are closely followed by the distance learning industry. "As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we enjoy honoring some of the leaders in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA. "Each year these winners raise the bar and exceed best practice expectations for the industry as a whole and we are truly honored by their contributions to the distance learning industry."

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

“USDLA takes great pride and responsibility in recognizing excellence and quality that benefit the entire industry. Through distance learning, education, and training we can provide access to the world's best award winning opportunities for school children, connect higher education students globally and transform the lives and careers of working adults. We are truly on the edge of something great and these winners clearly demonstrate and confirm the transformative powers of distance learning globally," said Dr. Rob Robinson, President of USDLA.

For the 2012 International Awards program, USDLA focused upon several major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Please join us in honoring the following 2012 USDLA Award Winners, which include the following:

BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING

PLATINUM
NASA Digital Learning Network™
Videoconferencing Technology ~ K-12

GOLD
Computer Technology Education: Laura Hansen, Open High School of Utah
Online Technology ~ High School

SILVER
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School Biology 1
Online Technology ~ High School

BRONZE
Drake University Extension Education
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Learning University and
Booz Allen Hamilton
Department of Defense (DoD) Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) Training Curriculum
Online Technology ~ Government/Military/Corporate

BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING

PLATINUM
Piper Nilsson, Sessions College for Professional Design
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

GOLD
Amy Wadsworth, Open High School of Utah
Online Technology ~ High School

SILVER
Jess Mordecai, Open High School of Utah
Online Technology ~ High School

BRONZE
Dominique Mertens Elliott, Professor for Motion Media Design at SCAD eLearning
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIELD OF DISTANCE LEARNING

Dr. Phil Ice, American Public University System
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Dr. Christina Royal, Cuyahoga Community College
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Dr. Lori Kupczynski, Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

21ST CENTURY AWARDS FOR BEST PRACTICES IN DISTANCE LEARNING

Western Governors University
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

The ACME Network
Online Technology ~ Middle, High School & Higher Education

Homeland Security Solutions, Inc. - HSSI University Operations
Online Technology ~ Government / Military / Corporate

USDLA 2012 HALL OF FAME

Pam Birtolo
Florida Virtual School

Judy Brown
Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative

Andy DiPaolo
Stanford University

William Jackson
Collier County Public Schools

Marci Powell
Polycom, Inc.

Reggie Smith III
Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

Dr. Denzil Edge, Chair of USDLA Board of Directors noted that, “This year’s award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning.” He continued, “I also look forward to seeing these leaders again during National Distance Learning Week (http://www.ndlw.org), November 5-9, 2012.”

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