USDLA 2013 International Awards Presented for Excellence in Distance Learning for Individuals, Organizations and Companies Honoring their Outstanding Achievements

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

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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.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2013 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the 2013 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, Hall of Fame and the Eagle for an elected official.

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.

“This year’s USDLA Awards recipients represent the finest examples of online courses, best practices, and leadership in our field. The depth and breadth of the USDLA membership allows us to engage with leaders from higher education, K-12, industry, military, government who daily demonstrate the power of distance learning. We are so very proud and excited to be able to recognize this level of excellence," said Dr. Rob Robinson, President of USDLA.

For the 2013 International Awards program, USDLA focused upon several major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Please join us in honoring the following 2013 USDLA Award Winners, which include the following:

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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING

PLATINUM
Florida Virtual School and Toolwire
Online Technology ~ K-12

GOLD
Professional Development Program – Rockefeller College – University at Albany
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

SILVER
VUC Storstrom
Videoconferencing Technology ~ Adult Education

BRONZE
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs / IT Workforce Development
in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton
Online Technology ~ Government/Corporate

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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING

PLATINUM
Dr. Peggy Semingson, University of Texas Arlington
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

GOLD
Sarah Garman, Miami Dade College
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

SILVER
Sarah Adams, Savannah College of Art and Design
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

BRONZE
Brenda Wallace, Mosaica Online
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

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OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIELD OF DISTANCE LEARNING

Allison Reaves, South Carolina Connections Academy Charter School
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

Dr. Pete Smith, University of Texas Arlington
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Dr. Dawn D. Eidelman, Mosaica Education, Inc. and Paragon Curriculum
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

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21ST CENTURY AWARDS FOR BEST PRACTICES IN DISTANCE LEARNING

Western Governors University
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Booz Allen Hamilton
Online Technology ~ Corporate

Stevens Institute of Technology – Webcampus Division
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

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USDLA 2013 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Dr. Susan C. Aldridge
American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Dr. Mark David Milliron
Western Governors University

Ronald S. Weinstein, MD
University of Arizona

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USDLA 2013 EAGLE AWARD

Senator Kelli Stargel (R)
State of Florida

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.usdla.org/ndlw/), November 11-15, 2013.”

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

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