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January 16, 2011

2011 USDLA International Distance Learning Awards w/ FAQs & Jobs!

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2011 Conference

Dear USDLA Members,

2011 International Distance

Learning Awards

Call for Nominations – November 29, 2010 – February 1, 2011

The United States Distance Learning Association, the nation’s premier distance learning association 2011 Awardssince 1987 presents its 2011 International Distance Learning Awards, the premier awards for the distance learning industry. These prestigious awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals, and recognize four categories of excellence: 1) 21st Century Best Practice Award; 2) Best Practice Awards for Distance Learning Programming; 3) Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Awards; and 4) Outstanding Leadership by an Individual Award. The USDLA International Distance Learning 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 achievements through the use of online, videoconferencing, and satellite/video delivery technologies globally.

2010 Award Winners

View Our 2010 International Award Winners

The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards will honor organizations with its 21 Century Best Practice Awards. This award category recognizes outstanding leadership in the field of distance learning for an agency, institution, or company incorporating blended or individual distance learning technologies. In addition, the Awards for Best Practice in Distance Learning Programming are presented to outstanding organizations, which have designed and delivered outstanding and comprehensive Best Practices for individual programs or a series of programs through online, videoconferencing, and satellite delivery technologies. Award levels include Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. The Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Awards will honor outstanding instructors whose programs demonstrate extraordinary achievements in a distance learning environment for teachers or trainers. Award levels include Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. Finally, the Outstanding Leadership by an Individual awards recognize those who have demonstrated strong, innovative skills for the development and/or administration of programs or who are recognized scholars in the field of distance learning globally.

Submit Your 2011 Nomination Today (Click Here)

http://www.conconnect.net/conf/awards/AWARD_intro.aspx?s=user&yr=2011&id=001

The 2010 USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are presented to five major sectors of distance education and training and include the Pre-K – 12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government and Telehealth markets.

The 2010 USDLA International Awards will be presented at the USDLA International Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2011 during the USDLA National Conference being held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

1. What options are available for submitting an entry so judges can evaluate them online?
a. When you submit your entry there is a place for you to put the URL w/ logon & password info for judges to access your site.
b. You can insert screen shots in your submission to show areas you wish to highlight.
c. You can also do a YouTube/Google video of it to show off various functions or areas you wish to draw attention to based on your responses to the criteria.  Plug the URL in for judges to see as well.

2. Is there a space limitation for submissions in terms of number of pages or word count?
NO real page limits…just make sure to hit/answer the criteria and provide evidence, etc.  There is a 5 MB limitation for a PDF. P.S. Always good to not kill the judges with 250 pages of stuff as well:)))

3.  For a “website” submission, does this mean the award nominator’s content can be put on the submitting company’s website and then can one send the URL to USDLA when inputting contact information online?
YES, you can put the URL in as you submit it online along with any login and password data.  Good to add a word document as well to tell your story / answer the criteria if the site does not do it clearly.  Use your website, blog, YouTube/Google video, Facebook, etc. to tell your story and just make sure you answer the areas noted in the criteria.  We want you to be creative as you can.

4. Is there a limitation on the number of web pages used to display the nomination content?
NO limit to the number of web pages.

5.    Is there a specific format in which the nominator’s content should be arranged? For example, is it up to the submitter to organize the material in the best way that reflects the judging attributes?
Arrange it based on the order of the criteria, but it really is your call on format, etc.  It is up to you to organize the material in the way you think it will best reflect the judging attributes as well. Have some fun with it as long as you answer the criteria and provide any evidence you can to give the judges a good feel and picture for your submission.

6. How can testimonials be submitted?
You can scan them in and save them as PDF.  The system will take PDF, .doc or image uploads.

7. When will award winners be notified?
By March 10, 2011, USDLA will notify winners and non-winners by phone and/ or e-mail with follow-up letters.

8. How secure will my material be?
All entries and related courses, material and content are kept confidential for judging purposes only.

9. Can I submit an award on behalf of my client?
Yes, you can submit a nomination on behalf of your client.  Please note that for US government entries, you may have to consult your legal team regarding legal gift restrictions.

10. Is there a limit to the number of submissions an organization can submit?
NO

11. Can I load screen shots of my website, module, etc. since my site is secure with no outside access?
Yes, you can load them in the award system as an example or insert them in your narrative to demonstrate or showcase certain features you want the judges to view.

12. What is the absolute latest time I can submit my award?
All award submission should be submitted by 12 midnight (ET) on February 1, 2011.

13. What is the cost and is it per award?
The costs are as shown below:
a.    For Profit Fee: $200.00
b.    Non Profit Fee: $100.00
c.    Pre-K-12 Fee: $50.00
Yes, the fees are per each entry.

14. Can I mail additional material or copies of my submission(s) to USDLA for consideration?
NO submission(s) will be accepted via mail.  All entries and related material must be submitted online via the awards website.

15. Can I work on my submission over time?
Yes, after completing the first (contact) page and selecting the “next” button…you will be able to select a “save and exit” button.  This will allow the system to save your information and send you an email with a URL, login and password. You will be able to continue working on and/or complete your submission.
After 12 midnight (ET) on February 1 this feature will be locked for 2011.

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JOBS

11-83 – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION (MANAGER 210)

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, DIVISION OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania seeks a highly qualified and experienced individual for the position of Executive Director for Distance Education. The successful candidate will have an earned masters (required) or doctorate (preferred) degree, 3 years of direct experience with distance education by either teaching distance education courses or serving in a supervisory or support role to a distance education program, and 2 years of management experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have significant experience with program development and management, faculty development and support, student support, and program assessment in a collective bargaining environment. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current trends in technology and pedagogy as applied to distance programs, excellent organization and communications skills, and a firm commitment to diversity and equal opportunity goals. The Executive Director of Distance Education will oversee the development and on-going assessment of distance education and lead the strategic planning process for these initiatives. This position is responsible for all aspects of program administration, program budgeting, faculty and student development and support, program assessment, program marketing, and fund raising (grant writing and contracts). This management position reports directly to the Associate Provost with supervision of 1 FTE support staff. S/he oversees and ensures the efficient and effective interaction of distance programs with the various university support services.

Primary responsibilities include:

·  Lead the establishment, development, promotion, and implementation of online and outreach programs that are consistent and integrated with the University’s strategic plan and academic mission.

·  In consultation with the deans, identify and recommend new program initiatives and opportunities to strengthen and expand existing programs.

·  Ensure efficient and effective operation of all aspects of distance programs from marketing to program completion.

·  Provide support for curricula that meets standards of academic quality as defined by external, and state accrediting bodies.

·  Develop and recommend policies and procedures that are consistent with the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.

·  Act as the liaison between West Chester University and the Chancellors office for reporting purposes and dissemination of information.

·  Build and maintain strong partnerships and collaborations with business leaders, community organizations and other non-profit entities to meet community needs

·  Ongoing assessment of programs to support continual improvement

·  Respond to unexpected events and external needs

Salary range is $73,455 – 97,940 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits package included. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist. Apply by on-line application at http://www.wcupa.edu/hr/application.  Electronic submission allows for cover letter and resume attachments (required).  References with contact information will be required prior to interview. Review of applications will begin November 29, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Position is available immediately. AA/EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.

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DEAN, SCHOOL OF EXTENDED EDUCATION

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, MUNCIE, INDIANA

Ball State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, School of Extended Education.  The university seeks an innovative, visionary leader with expertise in online and off-campus delivery of programs to serve as its Dean, School of Extended Education.  The successful candidate will have the ability and experience to integrate cutting-edge distance learning technology and pedagogy into a traditional university environment.  Demonstrable success in online/distance education program development, management, and marketing with an entrepreneurial mindset are required.  Applicants should have an earned doctorate and depth of experience in higher education administration with significant experience in online/distance education.

Ball State University is a selective, state-assisted doctoral granting institution serving more than 22,000 students.  The dean of the School of Extended Education (SEE) will support the university’s overall mission to redefine education by providing world-class learning experiences to a growing number of online and distance students (currently over 7,000 students are being served).  A distance learning pioneer since the 1980s, Ball State University reaches students globally through its online offerings as well as face-to-face programs delivered at sites located throughout Indiana.  The seven academic colleges offer more than 50 online/distance learning degrees and certificates.  Online enrollments have increased by more than 200 percent in the last 5 years (www.bsu.edu/distance).  The dean also oversees the university’s Building Better Communities (BBC) initiatives that include community, economic development, business services, and immersive learning experiences. (www.bsu.edu/bbc)

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, a midsized Midwestern city one hour northeast of Indianapolis.  Muncie recently was named the national’s most affordable college town by Coldwell Banker.

Minimum qualifications:  earned doctorate; significant experience in an area related to distance education, including budget management, development and implementation of online education programs; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work with diverse groups.  Preferred qualifications:  experience in education program development and management; record of building strong and positive working relationships with peers and diverse stakeholders; excellent project planning, development and delivery of complex distance education projects; experience in state and local economic development programs and services; experience in non-credit professional education offerings; demonstrated success in acquiring external funding.

Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of transcript of highest degree earned, and the names and contact information for three references to:  Dean Mitch Whaley, Search Committee Chair, c/o Office of the Provost, Ball State University, Muncie, IN  47306.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community.

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PROJECT MANAGER (PL)

FLORIDA, FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL (FLVS)
The Professional Learning Project Manager manages and directs FLVS training projects; providing support, delivering projects, and developing training strategies. This person plans, organizes, and implements development projects within major organizational policies; assigns resources to appropriate projects; reports progress of major activities to Senior Project Manager through reports and meetings; monitors project process; and implements evaluation instruments upon project completion. The Project Manager manages relations from the project start to final application support.

To view a detailed job description, please click here http://www.flvs.net/areas/employment/Pages/JobDescriptions.aspx

Requirements
For consideration for this position, candidates must meet all of the job requirements as listed below:
·    Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years of experience in the Information and/or Educational Technology field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
·    Experience in Project Management.
·    Experience in development and delivery of training material, preferred.

Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
·    Manages all training development project-related processes including planning, gathering requirements, identifying deliverables, maintaining timelines, monitoring budget, identifying resources and materials, and providing quality assurance, documentation, and final product support and enhancement. Project manager delivers 90 percent of projects on-time, on-budget, and within scope, as measured through bi-annual goal analysis.
·    Identifies, reviews, and refreshes FLVS training applications annually, focusing on one or more of the following: content, usability, appropriate technology, results, and standards set by the department.
·    Establishes and maintains a redevelopment cycle for all training courses, in conjunction with the redevelopment of FLVS student courses and/or FLVS applications.
·    Recommends with cross-team feedback new trainings annually to be developed.
·    Negotiates contracts with vendors as required for departmental operations and/or educational resources for developed applications (including client pricing when applicable).
·    Evaluates existing standard operating procedures in e-business and e-learning and deploys processes to mitigate weaknesses, improving at least five processes annually.
·    Provides technical support as needed, addressing trouble tickets until solution is provided to the end users, as measured on customer satisfaction surveys.
·    Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits such as meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others.
·    Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by his/her supervisor.
·    All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning.

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DIRECTOR OF CONTENT SERVICES
CHICAGO, IL

Seeking an experienced online content manager to develop and drive educational content for the learning platform of a major, well-respected national real estate organization based in downtown Chicago.   Job involves identifying relevant course concepts for both real estate managers and sales associates, outlining those courses and researching subject matter experts, managing/holding accountable the content production companies used to create these online products, eliciting student feedback for continual enhancement of course content, and managing budgets related to course development.
·    Minimum of 3-5 years of e-learning/distance learning and instructional design/development experience
·    Experience in project management in an online learning environment
·    Must be based in downtown Chicago
·    Knowledge and experience with an LMS or CMS
·    Expertise in learning styles and spaced repetition learning
·    Skills involve writing, communication, LMS proficiency, high energy, deadline orientation, quick study to learn real estate
·    4 year degree preferred
·    Salary negotiable based on experience; please provide minimum requirements

Qualified candidates should reply via email to mstaver@thestavergroup.com.

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DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS
FLORIDA, FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL (FLVS)

The Director of Instructional Programs is responsible for assisting the Chief Learning Officer in development of policies, priorities and culture. The director directs the management of programs, activities, and functions consistent with school policy, priorities, and culture. The director provides effective leadership and oversight of FLVS gifted, career and STEM programs. As a member of the President/CEO’s Leadership Team, the Director of Instructional Programs participates in the school’s overall planning, development and evaluation.

To view a detailed job description, please click here:
http://www.flvs.net/areas/employment/Pages/JobDescriptions.aspx

For consideration for this position, candidates must meet all of the job requirements as listed below:
·    Master’s degree required.
·    Florida Certificate in Ed. Leadership (preferred) or state recognized equivalent certification required.
·    Three years minimum of successful teaching experience and three years minimum school leadership experience. Three years minimum experience in Gifted, Career, or STEM Programs.

Primary responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
·    Assists the CLO in development of policies, priorities and culture.
·    Directs the management of programs, activities, and functions consistent with school policy, priorities, and culture.
·    Provides effective leadership and oversight of FLVS gifted, career and STEM programs. Implements procedures to ensure that metrics are met.
·    Works with Instructional Leaders and curriculum team to identify problems and opportunities.
·    Assumes a visible presence in his/her school community and be recognized as an educational leader responsible for effective teaching, student achievement, and a safe and healthy environment.
·    Assists in creating and/or presenting reports to various stakeholders in the organization.
·    Builds cross team relationships with content creators to ensure quality content for students.
·    Executes and analyzes annual evaluation data related to programs in the areas of effectiveness and ROI.
·    Communicates with new staff members and their supervisors to identify and effectively address problems and issues (disparities).
·    Authorizes departmental expenditures and contracts.
·    Establishes customer service expectations.
·    Serves as a member of the Leadership Team and participates in the school’s strategic planning, development, and evaluation.
·    Oversees effective hiring of all staff within assigned area of responsibility.
·    Assists and coordinates school-wide data compilation to ascertain nature of effective programs and to analyze factors affecting morale and motivation.
·    Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits such as meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordination resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others.
·    Performs all of the standard executive responsibilities.
·    Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Learning Officer (CLO).
·    All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning.

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11-83 – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

The Executive Director of Distance Education and Outreach will oversee the development and on-going assessment of distance education and outreach programs and lead the strategic planning process for these initiatives. This position is responsible for all aspects of program administration, program budgeting, faculty and student development and support, program assessment, program marketing, and fund raising (grant writing and contracts). This management position reports directly to the Associate Provost with supervision of 1 FTE support staff. S/he oversees and ensures the efficient and effective interaction of distance and outreach programs with the various university support services.

Apply by on-line application at http://www.wcupa.edu/hr/application Electronic submission allows for cover letter and resume attachments (required). References with contact information will be required prior to interview. Review of applications will begin November 29, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Position is available immediately. AA/EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.

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SENIOR MANAGER, CLIENT SERVICES
FLORIDA, FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL (FLVS)

The Senior Manager, Client Services will lead, direct, and provide subject matter expertise for the Client Services area within the Information Technology (IT) Department.  The Senior Manager, Client Services oversees the Client Services department which consists of three areas:  Client Relations, Help Desk Services, and Application Services. The Client Relations team is responsible for being the primary contact for assigned clients and providing liaison services between internal departments and clients. The Help Desk Services team is responsible for managing the vendor that provides Tier 1 Help Desk as well as participating in the design of support for new systems and services for the business. The Application Services team is responsible for providing subject matter expertise and Tier 2 support and configuration of packaged and custom applications with the FLVS organization. Applications supported by Tier 1 and Tier 2 can include Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and  Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), in addition to other line of business applications used by the organization. These can include Learning Management Systems (LMS) as well as Student Information Systems (SIS).
The Senior Manager, Client Services will provide leadership in the support of custom and packaged applications software functions.  In addition, they will provide direct consultative support to the Executive Management Team of the IT department. Additionally, the Senior Manager, Client Services will manage designated IT vendor relationships.
The Senior Manager, Client Services will supervise management personnel for the functional areas described herein.

To view a detailed job description, please click here
http://www.flvs.net/areas/employment/Pages/JobDescriptions.aspx

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PROGRAM MANAGER-HUMANITIES
FLORIDA, FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL (FLVS)

The Curriculum Services Program Manager – Humanities reports to the Director of Curriculum Development and is responsible for creating a cohesive vision for FLVS Humanities products and then executing that vision through the definition and development of the FLVS Humanities product line. The Program Manager establishes contacts with FLDOE curriculum personnel and is the primary contact for the Humanities subject areas for subject area and standards information. This person works closely with the comparable Product Manager in Marketing to identify customer requirements, deliver feature and requirement specifications, support efficacy studies on specific products, evolve the product strategy and work closely with the development and instruction teams to deliver curriculum solutions and use his/her knowledge to confidently drive the product in a customer centric way. The Program Manager meets with vendors who offer products and services that can positively impact Humanities courses, schedules demonstrations, evaluates competitive offerings, and educates the Curriculum Services team on new technologies and products. The Program Manager attends and presents at industry conferences and workshops and conducts presentations for FLVS personnel related to industry vision and product ideas.

To view a detailed job description, please click here
http://www.flvs.net/areas/employment/Pages/JobDescriptions.aspx

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PROGRAM MANAGER-STEM
FLORIDA, FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL (FLVS)

The Curriculum Services Program Manager – STEM reports to the Director of Curriculum Development and is responsible for creating a cohesive vision for FLVS STEM products and then executing that vision through the definition and development of the FLVS STEM product line. The Program Manager establishes contacts with FLDOE curriculum personnel and is the primary contact for the STEM subject areas for subject area and standards information. This person works closely with the comparable Product Manager in Marketing to identify customer requirements, deliver feature and requirement specifications, support efficacy studies on specific products, evolve the product strategy and work closely with the development and instruction teams to deliver curriculum solutions and use his/her knowledge to confidently drive the product in a customer centric way. The Program Manager meets with vendors who offer products and services that can positively impact STEM courses, schedules demonstrations, evaluates competitive offerings, and educates the Curriculum Services team on new technologies and products. The Program Manager attends and presents at industry conferences and workshops and conducts presentations for FLVS personnel related to industry vision and product ideas.

To view a detailed job description, please click here:
http://www.flvs.net/areas/employment/Pages/JobDescriptions.aspx

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA ONLINE WORLDWIDE

In order to fulfill its mission to serve the people of Nebraska and to realize its potential across the nation and the globe, the University of Nebraska has created Online Worldwide, gathering under one overarching administrative structure and marketing umbrella the distance education offerings of its four campuses, which include 80 degree, certificate and endorsement programs.  To continue the development of this successful initiative, the university seeks an executive director.  Please visit http://www.wittkieffer.com/Position-Detail.aspx?pid=7367 for a complete position description and additional information.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including cover letter and resume) should be submitted via email to NUDirOW@wittkieffer.com.  Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Dennis M. Barden at (630) 575-6167 or to Elizabeth K. Bohan at (630) 575-6161.
The University of Nebraska is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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