The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2011 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the 2011 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs.
Andrew Rosman, Associate Professor of Accounting, Director of MS in Accounting and Internship Programs and Executive Director of Online Education for the UConn School of Business, with Roger Travis, Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Language at the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were awarded the Bronze for Best Practices Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching in the Online Technology ~ Higher Education category.
Rosman and Travis teamed to use game-based learning to teach students in the MS in Accounting Program about professional skepticism. According to Rosman, they were able to study “how individuals’ personalities and motivation toward a task interact to form a lens within which they view the task situation and then react. The online gaming setting was an ideal situated context for the confrontation between superior and subordinate that could not have been created in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting.”
“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,” said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA. Dr. Denzil Edge, President of USDLA adds that “Through distance learning, education, and training we can provide access to the world’s best award winning opportunities for school children, connect higher education students globally and transform the lives and careers of working adults. We are truly on the edge of something great and these winners clearly demonstrate and confirm the transformative powers of distance learning globally.”
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.
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.
Photo: Professor Andrew Rosman