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DELT reaches the Summit

By Heidi Wicks

Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) unit will receive the Institution Achievement award from the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) on Sept. 29.

The US-based award is new for 2009, and recognizes an institutional member of NUTN for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and/or exemplary organizational administration, demonstrates leadership and commitment and advances the field as an institutional model. Memorial University is the second recipient.

DELT Director Ann-Marie Vaughan will accept the award and present an accompanying video story at the NUTN Summit in Colorado Springs, Colo.. The video will profile Memorial and DELT as a pioneer and leader in the field of distance education.

“While the technologies have changed, we have never lost our focus on who we are providing those services for,” said Ms. Vaughan. “The best way that we can deliver those services to a student, whether they are living in a small community on the island of Newfoundland, or are one of our graduates who is a nurse in Dallas, Texas -- the delivery mechanism that we choose is focused on them and the technology becomes the enabler.”

DELT’s award submission highlights the evolution and history of Memorial’s distance education service, and the commitment to advancement of teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. The division has moved through decades, going from Video Tape Recordings for adult education and community development (1972), to the use of Second Life for education (2009).
Dallas County Community College has also nominated Ms. Vaughan for the Nofflet Williams Service Award. She will accept the award while at NUTN.

In honour of Dr. Nofflet Williams, the award recognizes an individual who exhibits the commitment to providing service to those in the field of distance education at the local, regional and national levels, over a sustained period of time and in a consistent manner. The individual is acknowledged as a mentor, a do-er, and a leader of national and international note.