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Independent and Distance Learning Programs staff honored at recent conference

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 22, 2005) -- Two Ohio University staff members of Independent and Distance and Learning Programs, (IDLP), were honored at the November conference of the American Association for Collegiate Independent Study, (AACIS). John Robinson, Instructional Design Specialist at Ohio University, received the Course Developer Award. Elizabeth Houdek, Instructional Design Specialist for IDLP, began her year-long term as the 2006 President of AACIS.

The award committee recognized Robinson for his meticulous work and extraordinary empathy for the end user. Additionally, the committee acknowledged him for, "faculty respect and admiration for his editing and design skills and for his ability to preserve in written materials their unique voices--giving students who are not physically present in a classroom the sense that they are learning from a real person, not an anonymous institution." The committee also noted John's contributions to IDLP's move into Web-based course delivery in 1996.

The Course Developer Award is given to an individual who has contributed greatly to the independent study and distance learning field. Recipients often develop credit and noncredit courses that are innovative in use of materials and instructional strategies while meeting the course objectives.

The conference also recognized the beginning of Elizabeth Houdek's presidency of AACIS. In 2005, Houdek served as chair of the Program Committee, which coordinated the annual conference program. She has been a member of AACIS since its founding in 1992, served two terms on the Board of Directors, and helped to establish an archives for AACIS materials housed in Ohio University's Alden Library. She also helped coordinate the 2001 AACIS conference held in Athens.

AACIS provides professional development and networking opportunities for administrators, curriculum and course developers, and student services providers in collegiate-based distance learning programs.

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Media Contact: Richard Moffitt, Assistant Dean of Lifelong Learning Programs at (740) 593-4768 or moffitt@ohio.edu


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