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May 11, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: USDLA 2016 International Awards Presented for Excellence in Distance Learning for Individuals, Organizations and Companies Honoring their Outstanding Achievements.

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USDLA
Press Release
USDLA 2016 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.
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 11, 2016 — The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2016 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the 2016 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 Eagle.
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 Mr. George Collins, President of USDLA.
For the 2016 International Awards program, USDLA focused upon several major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Please join us in honoring the following 2016 USDLA Award Winners, which include the following:
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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING 
PLATINUM
LearnBop from Fuel Education
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education
GOLD
t-MBA Digital
(Teenager MBA Academic Program of Doğa Schools)
Online Technology ~ High School Education
SILVER
Sessions College for Professional Design
Associate of Occupational Studies in Graphic Design
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
BRONZE
The University of Arkansas System eVersity
Adam Peterson and Crystal Halley, JD
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING
PLATINUM
Jenna Ellis
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education
GOLD
Greg Zorbas & Rob Sparks
Videoconferencing Technology ~ K-12 Education
SILVER
Dr. James Pappas
Oklahoma State University
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
BRONZE
Dr. Julia Carpenter
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
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OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIELD OF DISTANCE LEARNING
Bharanidharan Rajakumar
CEO, LearnBop
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education
Amanda Ebel
Executive Director, South Carolina Connections Academy
Online Technology ~ K-12 Education
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21ST CENTURY AWARDS FOR BEST PRACTICES IN DISTANCE LEARNING
Stevens Institute of Technology, WebCampus
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
The OWL Team
Excelsior College
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
Boston University
Office of Distance Education
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
Master of Industrial Distribution Program
Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution
College of Engineering
Texas A&M University
Online Technology ~ Higher Education
Arizona Telemedicine Program
Online Technology ~ Telemedicine / Higher Education
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USDLA 2016 HALL OF FAME
Raymond E. Schroeder
University of Illinois at Springfield
Hal Plotkin
Creative Commons USA
Michael R. Simonson
Nova Southeastern University
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USDLA 2016 EAGLE
Commissioner Robert “Bob” Burns
Arizona Corporate Commission
Mrs. Elaine Shuck, 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.” She continued, “I also look forward to seeing these leaders again during National Distance Learning Week, November 7-11, 2016.”
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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United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
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