Press Release
USDLA 2018 International Awards Presented for Excellence
in  D i stanc Learn i n fo Ind i v i dua l s , Organ i zat i on an Compan i e Honor i n the ir  Outstand i n Ach i evements .
World's most prestigious distance learning awards were presented yesterday in Indianapolis, Indiana for excellence in distance learning to individuals, organizations and companies.
Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) May 1, 2018  -- The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2018 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.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 Distance Learning, Innovation, Excellence in Teaching/Training, Quality Research Paper, Student Achievement, 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. "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 Award 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 proud and excited to be able to recognize this level of excellence," said Mr. Pat Cassella, President of USDLA.
For the 2018 International Awards program, USDLA focused upon several major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Please join us in honoring the following 2018 USDLA Award Winners, which include the following:
USDLA Quality Research Paper Award
D r. Patricia Cannistraci and Dr. Bonny Kehm
Excelsior College
USDLA Student Achievement Award
Natalie Marlowe
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
USDLA Excellence in Teaching/Training Award
Dr. Stacy Southerland
University of Central Oklahoma
Missy Daley
Mountain Heights Academy
USDLA Innovation Award
Adventures in Health Science and Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Civic Education Department
Blackboard Ally Accessibility Solution
Post Attack Reconnaissance
Air Force Emergency Management
USDLA 21st Century Distance Learning Award
Western Governors University
USDLA 2018 Eagle 
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
State of Hawaii
Mr. K en Conn, 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." He continued, "I also look forward to seeing these leaders again during National Distance Learning Week, November 5-9, 2018."
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.
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