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Drexel University Online to Host Awards Ceremony in Honor of National Distance Learning Week November 7-11

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 07, 2011

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is promoting changes in higher education and online learning through its annual National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) from November 7 through 11. NDLW is a yearly initiative to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning in K-12 education, higher education, home schooling, and business, military, government and government markets.

Drexel University Online is hosting an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8 in the Atrium of the Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center (Market Street, between 31st and 32nd Streets) to recognize Drexel University faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the field of distance or online learning.

“Drexel University is proud to honor our outstanding faculty who teach online,” said Dr. Kenneth Hartman, president of Drexel University Online. “Thanks to them, Drexel is at the forefront of distance learning in higher education.”

The event will feature speaker Josh Fischman, senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, discussing the role of technology in higher education and distance learning.

Recipients include:

2011 Outstanding Online Instructors:
Dr. Paul Clements – College of Nursing and Health Professions
Ms. Lee McDaid – College of Medicine
Dr. Arunkumar Madapusi – LeBow College of Business
Dr. Michael Scheuermann – College of Engineering
Dr. Alison Lewis – The iSchool at Drexel
Dr. Charles Cook – Goodwin College: School of Technology and Professional Studies
Dr. Michel Miller – Goodwin College: School of Education
Ms. Cyndi Rickards – College of Arts and Sciences
Ms. Margaret Hasse – Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Over 5.6 million students are currently taking at least one online class with the number growing every year. Of those 5.6 million, over 200,000 K-12 students are enrolled in full-time online schools and over 2 million K-12 students are enrolled in an online course. During the week of November 7 through 11, schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies across the country will be showcasing their online programs.

For more information about activities for NDLW 2011, visit

About Drexel University Online
Drexel University Online, winner of the 2010 Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, specializes in innovative internet-based distance education programs for working professionals and corporations both in the United States and abroad. Drexel has been a pioneer in online education since 1996, when the university first began conducting online classes. All Drexel Online programs are taught by the same world-renowned faculty as the university’s on-campus courses. Drexel is continually ranked as one of the nation’s best research and doctoral universities by U.S. News and World Report and enjoys regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1987 and 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 other opportunities. Distance education and training constituencies include pre-K-12, higher and continuing education, home schooling, as well as business, corporate, military government and telehealth markets. The USDLA’s trademarked logo is recognized as the worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. For more information, visit, or call 1-800-275-5162.

Contact: Fran Lamb
1. 484.342.3600


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