Fielding Faculty Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt receive the 2012 Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.
The award is presented each August at the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.
Professor and Mrs. Wedemeyer established this biennial award to recognize outstanding contributions in the application of important skills, concepts, techniques, meanings and understandings of distance education in North America. The award honors leadership that has provided a model of practice benefiting present and future distance education programs, instructors, students, researchers, and practitioners. Contributions may include: distance teaching and learning projects, innovative distance education methods, activities that enhance the field of practice, or a body of work demonstrating exceptional contributions and/or advancements to the field.
Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt are the managing partners of Crossroads Consulting Group, working with academic institutions and business and professional organizations in the development and delivery of effective online education and training programs. Rena and Keith are program directors and faculty in the Teaching in the Virtual Classroom program at Fielding Graduate University. They are the authors of the 1999 Frandson Award winning book Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 1999), Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2001), The Virtual Student (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community (Jossey-Bass, 2005), and Assessing the Online Learner (Jossey-Bass, 2009). The second edition of Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace, now titled, Building Virtual Learning Communities was published in July 2007.
The books are comprehensive guides to the development of an online environment that helps promote successful learning outcomes while fostering collaboration and building a sense of community among the learners. Drs. Palloff and Pratt have been presenting this work across the United States and internationally since 1994. Their most recent title, The Excellent Online Instructor, published in spring 2011.