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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Online Core Course Earns National Award
(March 2, 2004) — On February 23, the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) honored Fairleigh Dickinson University Core curriculum offering The Global Challenge (University Core A) with the ITC Award for Outstanding Online Course.
Jason Scorza, professor of philosophy/political science, the course manager and one of the course developers, accepted the award on behalf of the University and the Core faculty at an ITC recognition luncheon in San Diego, Calif.
The Global Challenge was one of just two institutionally created online courses honored by the ITC. The awards criteria include excellence in the overall plan of instructional design throughout the course presentation, content, activities, evaluation and course management. Awardees are also distinguished by a high level of interactivity, multimedia, communication and a variety of instructional and course management strategies.
The Global Challenge is the first required online course in the University’s distance-learning initiative and examines topics such as global conflict, the environment, and population and health within their ethical, social and scientific contexts.
An affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges, ITC represents higher-education institutions in the United States and Canada, and provides leadership and support for the expansion and enhancement of distance learning. ITC works to raise awareness about the benefits of distance learning, instructional telecommunications and future needs and possibilities.
Other faculty who developed the course are Walter Cummins, professor emeritus of English; Christopher Devine, professor of chemistry/philosophy; Linda Elfers-Mabli, professor of English; and Jennifer Lehr, professor of English/communications.
“The original faculty developers, the Core curriculum directors, the staff of educational technology, as well as all the creative and extremely dedicated Core A faculty are well deserving of this special recognition,” said Michael Sperling, associate provost for interdisciplinary, distributed and global learning. He added, “The Global Challenge serves not only as the foundation of our Core program, but of our entire distance-learning initiative.”
Fairleigh Dickinson’s distance-learning initiative requires all undergraduate students to take one online course per every 32 credits. Complementing many sections of the courses is online instruction from Global Virtual Faculty, scholars and practitioners from around the world who teach in partnership with our on-site faculty.