Wilmington University’s achievements in distance education were honored at the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) eLearning Conference.
The conference in Las Vegas also provided the setting for a student studying remotely to spend face time with a visiting WilmU leader.
WilmU’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Technology Departments won an award for Outstanding Support for Faculty or Students. Instructors use the WilmU Learning Center to track their progress on the Pathways to Instructional Excellence (PIE). The Learning Center is a cloud-based training management system that allows for instructors to register for workshops, participate in webinars, watch on-demand videos, take assessments on what they’ve learned in training, and keep track of each level they’ve achieved in PIE.
“Faculty can track their progress and see their own pathways, what they have taken and what they want to take,” says Sandra Bennett, instructional technologist. “They also can register for workshops through the system. It’s one-stop shopping.”
The February conference also was an opportunity for Sallie Reissman, Dean of the College of Online and Experiential Learning, to personally meet a WilmU student who is studying remotely. Dr. Reissman invited Yuliya Davidzenka, who is an attorney at a Nevada law firm, to join her and Bennett for dinner. Davidzenka earned her bachelor’s degree at WilmU when she lived in San Diego and is now working on another graduate degree through the university’s online courses.
“When we are traveling we enjoy reaching out to students who attend Wilmington University through distance education,” Dr. Reissman says. “It was rewarding to learn that her experience at our school is so positive and that she is well on her way to a very successful career.”