Individuals, Organizations and Companies Honored for Outstanding Achievements
Washington, D.C. April 10 – The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) today presented it 2002 Distance Learning Awards at a ceremony held
in conjunction with the 2002
e-Learning Conference and Expo, the premier conference and exposition for the
distance learning industry. Eleven (11) awards were presented to distance learning
professionals, organizations, companies and institutions for excellence in teaching,
excellence in programming and outstanding individual achievements.
The USDLA awards program was created to acknowledge major accomplishments in
distance learning and to highlight those instructors, programs, and distance
learning professionals who have achieved excellence in the field. Categories
include Higher Education, Government, K-12 Education, Corporate/Business and
Telemedicine. This year’s winners cover a broad spectrum of educational expertise
from new approaches to collaborative learning.
The 2002 USDLA Distance Learning Awards were presented in the following categories:
EXCELLENCE in DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING – Higher Education: to Dr. Allan Gray
for the Executive MBA in Agribusiness at Purdue University. Dr. Gray has designed
an outstanding course that draws on a wide variety of distance teaching strategies
and tools to both convey the fundamentals of quantitative decision analysis
and to engage the application of these concepts.
EXCELLENCE in DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING – Government: to Technical Sergeant
Matthew D. Jackson USAF, Instructor for the Command Post Craftsman Course, 334
Training Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Sergeant Jackson launched
the first Advanced Distributed Learning course worldwide via the Air Force’s
Air Education and Training Command’s e-Training website, which resulted in the
implementation of web-based training for technical training in the Air Force.
EXCELLENCE in DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING – K-12 Education: to Mary Kay Stewart,
Distance Learning Instructor II, StarNet, Texas Education Service Center, Region
20. Mary Kay Stewart’s French classes are taught through the use of CD-ROM,
video illustrations, engaging on-air interactive activities and direct instruction.
Her use of Internet applications such as her class web page, web discussion
group, online notes and tutorials stimulate her students’ learning and assists
in relating real life cultural applications to the experiences of high school
EXCELLENCE in DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING – Higher Education: to Kinesiology
Online Program, UT TeleCampus, The University of Texas System. The UT TeleCampus,
University of Texas System offers this unique collaborative fully online, interactive
masters degree for physical education teachers, coaches and wellness professionals.
The online format helps this under-served audience attain graduate education
through distance education.
EXCELLENCE in DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING – Government: to The Defense Acquisition
University, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Defense Acquisition University coordinates
the education of over 155,000 acquisition personnel worldwide. Nearly 42,000
students have completed distance learning classes since 1998. The re-engineering
of the Acquisition-101 course alone resulted in a 157 work-year return to the
workforce. This translates into an annual productivity return of $9,900,000.
EXCELLENCE in DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING – K-12 Education: to Florida Virtual
School, Orland, Florida, Executive Director, Julie Young. The Florida Virtual
School serves online learners any time, any place, and at any pace with more
than 60 courses for over 8,000 student enrollments across the state. From rural
dwellers to those attending low performing schools, Florida students find the
Florida Virtual School the perfect bridge across obstacles to their learning.
EXCELLENCE in DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING – K-12 Education: to Colonial Williamsburg
Foundation, William White, Ph. D. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s dedication
to making American history come alive is unmistakable in electronic field trips
that blend historic content with the arts, literature, music, and science. In
consistently increasing numbers, students of all levels participate in multimedia
programming reflecting strong academic standards, which highlight our nation’s
culturally diverse beginnings.
EXCELLENCE IN DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING – Healthcare/Telemedicine: to Arizona
Telemedicine Program, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson,
Arizona. The Arizona Telemedicine Program continues to provide a variety of
educational programs for the rural telemedicine sites throughout the state of
Arizona addressing the needs of the culturally diverse communities they serve.
Clinicians can participate interactively in Medicine, Pediatric, Psychiatry,
Cardiology, Public Health and Nursing Grand Rounds distance learning programs.
EXCELLENCE IN DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING – Corporate/Business: to AdvanceWork
International, Syracuse, New York for the Professional English Series, Professional
English, a completely portable, pocket PC-based program designed for non-English
speakers who need business English at work. Students learn conversation, vocabulary,
and grammar with interactive multimedia activities, including record-replay
and role-playing, all on a Pocket PC PDA. Live conversation and practice phone
calls with native English instructors follow each lesson.
MOST OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN HIGHER EDUCATION: to Marcelo
Vera, Ph.D., Director of Distance Learning, College of Arts & Sciences at
the University of South Florida. Dr. Vera has published and created the CEED
web site for the propagation of distance education in the Spanish language as
well as designed, created and implemented full Web based bilingual courses.
In addition, Dr. Vera has presented numerous distance learning workshops, seminars
and short courses abroad and maintains a solid involvement in distance education
to provide direction to Latin American higher education institutions.
MOST OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN GOVERNMENT: to John Hickok,
Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Mr. Hickok, Knowledge
Management Officer, has shown outstanding vision and leadership in the design,
development and implementation of the on-line Defense Acquisition University
Project Management Community of Practice. This Community of Practice serves
a critical role by providing the global acquisition and logistics workforce
a means to collaborate and disseminate information as well as best business
The 2002 Distance Learning Awards were presented by the USDLA Awards Committee
members, Dr. Deborah Harrison, VTEL Corporation; Dr. Darcy Hardy, UT TeleCampus,
University of Texas System; and Marshall Allen, Oklahoma State University.
Recognized leaders in the field of distance learning judged 84 nominations
submitted to USDLA. Judges worked in teams of three to review and evaluate submissions
in each of the 5 categories. Higher Education, K-12 Education, Government, Corporate/Business
and Telemedicine/Healthcare. The judges for 2002 were:
- Ms. Tammy E. Adams, Director, Center for Distance Education, Louisiana State
University and A & M College
- Mr. Kirk Bosworth, Instructor, University of Vermont, Distance Learning
- Dr. Sarah C. Cunningham, Director, Instructional Technology & Advancement,
Central Community College, Nebraska
- Ms. Charlotte A. Donaldson, Lead Learning Strategist, Aurum Technology Inc.
- Mr. William A. Eastham, Jr., CQA, Vice President, Windwalker Corporation
- Dr. Karen Evans, Vice President, Distance Learning Product Development,
SkyLight Professional Development
- Dr. John C. Ittelson, Professor and Director Interactive Design and Educational
Application, California State University, Monterey Bay
- Mr. Donald S. Lake, Director, Distributed Learning, Los Angeles County Office
- Mr. Steve Larkin, Chief E-Learning Strategies & Standards Department,
Internal Revenue Service
- Ms. Phyllis Lentz, Research/Resource Specialist to Business, The Florida
- Mr. J. Stephen Lytle, Associate Professor, College of Health Professions,
University of Central Florida
- Dr. Janet McMahill, Assistant Dean and Director of Continuing Education,
Drake University School of Education
- Ms. Melodee Mercer, Lead Instructor for Dept of Veterans Affairs, VAROIC,
- Mr. Rusty Muns, Coordinator of Electronic Media Development, Oklahoma Department
of Career and Technology Education
- Dr. Philip J.-L. Westfall, Director, Air Technology Network, Air Force Institute
for Advanced Distributed Learning
The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization
founded in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning
for education and training. USDLA represents 2000 members from pre-K through
12 education and higher education, continuing education, corporate, military
and government training, home schooling and telemedicine. USDLA is a leading
source of information and policy for distance learning that focuses on all legislation
impacting the distance learning community and its varied constituencies. Since
1993 USDLA has continued to establish state chapters in all fifty states.