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ELC faculty member to receive prestigious honor as distance education practitioner

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 16, 2012

Rena Palloff, PhD, ELC faculty member, has been selected to receive the 2012 Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.  The award will be presented this August at the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education was instituted by Professor and Mrs. Wedemeyer to recognize outstanding contributions in the application of important skills, concepts, techniques, meanings and understandings of distance education in North America.  The Wedemeyer family has graciously continued supporting this award in tribute to their parents. 

Professor Wedemeyer (1911-1999) championed diversity in learning options and supported learner access and choice throughout his work as an a author, researcher, instructor, and administrator.  In the mid-twentieth century he outlined a vision for the use of telecommunications and media as instructional tools that would free teaching and learning from the confinements of the classroom and clock.  That vision had global influence and laid the foundation for much of today's distance education theory and practice.


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