USDLA 2006 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 today in Denver, Colorado for excellence in distance learning to individuals, organizations and companies.

Once again this year's award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) today presented its 2006 Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the VNU Training Solutions Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado. Since 1987 USDLA has been the nation's premier distance learning association. The USDLA Awards program honored outstanding individuals and organizations for excellence in the field distance learning, education and training.

These prestigious Global Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. Included in the recognition ceremony will be the 21st Century Best Practice Award, as well as the Best Practice Awards for Distance Learning Programming and the Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Awards.

The USDLA Awards are closely followed by the Distance learning industry. "As we approach our 20th Anniversary 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, CEO 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.

For the 2006 Awards program, USDLA focused upon several major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Please join us in honoring the following 2006 USDLA Award Winners which include the following:

*Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming

Satellite Technology ~ Pre K – 12

GOLD

BJ HomeSat -- 4th Grade English    

GOLD

BJ HomeSat -- K5 Beginnings        

*Best Practices Awards for Distance Learning Programming

Video Conferencing ~ Pre K - 12

SILVER

IDSolutions & the National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC)--"Grossology LIVE"

BRONZE

White Plains City School District Eastview Middle School--The Global Run Project 2005/2006

*Best Practices Awards for Distance Learning Programming

Online Technology ~ Pre K - 12

GOLD

AnimationMentor.com -- AnimationMentor Program

SILVER

Gwinnett County Public Schools -- Gwinnett County Online Campus

*Best Practices Awards for Distance Learning Programming

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

PLATINUM

American Museum of Natural History -- Seminars on Science

GOLD

Connect for Education, Inc. -- OnMusic Appreciation

SILVER

Savannah College of Art and Design -- Historic Preservation Master of Arts Program

BRONZE

Stevens Institute of Technology    -- Graduate Technology Management Program

*Best Practices Awards for Distance Learning Programming

Online Technology ~ Corporate

SILVER

Genpact -- Polymershapes Practice Simulations

SILVER

Genpact -- Know Your Customer

SILVER

Genpact -- Maintenance Select

BRONZE

Monitor Group -- World-Class Marketing Strategy: Insights and Choices

*Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Teaching

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

PLATINUM

Melissa Harris -- The Center for Distance Learning Research Texas A&M University

Videoconferencing ~ Telehealth

GOLD

Dr. Ana Maria Lopez -- Arizona Telemedicine Program

*21st Century Awards

Best Practices for Distance Learning

IDSolutions & The National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC)-- Videoconferencing ~ Pre K-12

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Distance Learning Technologies -- Videoconferencing ~ Pre K-12

The Center for Distance Learning Research, in Partnership with Verizon Business and Texas A&M University -- Higher Education

State University of New York Learning Network -- Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Seminars on Science -- Online Technology ~ Higher Education

American Museum of Natural History

TANDBERG -- Videoconferencing ~ Pre K-12

Defense Manpower Data Center    

in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton -- Online Technology ~ Government

Texas A&M University System Trans-Texas Videoconference Network -- Videoconferencing ~ Higher Education

AnimationMentor.com -- Online Technology ~ Higher Education

Drexel University Online --Online Technology ~ Higher Education    

Mr. Don Lake, USDLA board member and chair of the awards committee, noted that, "Once again this year's award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning." He continued, "We look forward to seeing how these leaders will inspire the 2007 award entries, which are set to open January 8, 2007, so mark your calendar."

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. 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

Prior releases from USDLA:

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Establishes Global Affiliate Chapters (GAC):

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/10/prweb448770.htm

2006 USDLA Distance Learning Awards at the Training Solutions Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado: http://www.prweb.com/releases/USDLA/2006Awards/prweb442287.htm

Distance-Educator.com Collaborates with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA): http://www.prweb.com/releases/USDLA/distancelearning/prweb420136.htm

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