USDLA 2014 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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This year’s USDLA Awards recipients represent the finest examples of online courses, best practices, and leadership in our field, said Ms. Jenny Jopling, President of USDLA.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 06, 2014

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the 2014 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 community. "As the premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, USDLA enjoys honoring leaders within the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA and Program Professor at Nova Southeastern University. "Each year these recognized leaders raise the bar and exceed best practice expectations for the industry as a whole and we are truly honored by their contributions within all distance learning constituencies."

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, and 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 Ms. Jenny Jopling, President of USDLA.

For the 2014 International Awards program, USDLA focused upon several major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Please join us in honoring the following 2014 USDLA Award Winners, which include the following:

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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING

PLATINUM
Boston University School of Social Work
CP 771: Clinical Practice with Groups
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

GOLD
New England College of Business
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

SILVER
Excelsior College School of Nursing
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

BRONZE
Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING

PLATINUM
James Ure, Williamsburg Academy
Videoconferencing ~ K-12 Education

GOLD
Dr. Steven Foulke, Associate Professor of History, Ottawa University and
Dr. Rumena Buzarovska, Assistant Professor of Philology and American Cultural Studies, University of Sts. Cyril & Methodius
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

SILVER
Ashley Webb, Mountain Heights Academy
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

BRONZE
Annie Swinton, Mountain Heights Academy
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

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OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIELD OF DISTANCE LEARNING

Bryan Klochack, Michigan Connections Academy
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

Dr. Margaret O’Hara, University of North Carolina
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Dr. James Hurrell, Veterinary Academy at Penn Foster
Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Lea Ann Lockard, Texas Connections Academy @ Houston
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

Sheridan Technical Center and High School
Broward County Public Schools
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Distance Learning Program
Other Distance Learning Design ~ K-12 & Adult Education

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
Other Distance Learning Design ~ Government

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USDLA 2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Dr. Mary Jane Clerkin
Berkeley College

Dr. John F. Ebersole
Excelsior College

John C. Ittelson, Ph.D.
Cal State Monterey Bay

Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA
USDLA & UMUC

Felicia Ryerson
Florida Virtual School

Dr. Robert M. Starr
NASA Digital Learning Network

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USDLA 2014 EAGLE AWARDEES

The Honorable Kristi Noem
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – SOUTH DAKOTA (R)

The Honorable Jared Polis
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – COLORADO (D)

Dr. Rob Robinson, 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, November 10-14, 2014.”

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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