UH Manoa College of Education receives prestigious distance learning award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Helen Au, (808) 956-4949
College of Education
Posted: May 16, 2007

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s College of Education recently received the United States Distance Learning Association‘s (USDLA) 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning at the 20th Anniversary National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The prestigious awards program honors outstanding individuals, organizations, and companies for excellence in the field distance learning. The College of Education will be amongst this year‘s awardees listed in the July 2007 edition of "Distance Learning Today," a quarterly supplement in USA TODAY.

"As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary as a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring the UH Mānoa College of Education as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. The UHM College of Education has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by its contributions to the distance learning industry."

The College of Education has offered many distance courses and programs to the neighbor islands since 1991. The Office of Technology and Distance Programs (OTDP) coordinates neighbor island program offerings and supports faculty in the effective use of technology to deliver courses statewide using interactive television, Internet, multimedia and hybrid delivery modes. Currently, the college offers a statewide teacher credentialing program with cohorts in secondary education, elementary education and special education. Its educational technology department offers a fully online MEd program in educational technology. Additionally, MEd programs in educational foundations, early childhood education, special education, curriculum studies, educational administration and rehabilitation counseling have been offered throughout the state via distance learning.According to the USDLA, the awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and highlight those distance learning instructions, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

The UH Mānoa College of Education was nominated for the award by the Pan Pacific Distance Learning Association.

About the United States Distance Learning Association
The 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. For more information about the USDLA, visit their website at http://www.usdla.org.

About the College of Education
The College of Education at UH Mānoa comprises a diverse mix of faculty, staff, and students whose aims are to advance and generate knowledge in the fields of education, human development, counseling, administration, assessment, evaluation, research, educational technology, disabilities, and other related disciplines. In addition to being a professional school of education, the College also houses units which employ and prepare professionals in the related fields of counseling, educational psychology, technology, research on disabilities, athletic training, evaluation, assessment, and curriculum development. For more information, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/coe.

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/coe