Online learning has exponentially grown throughout the years, and Drexel University Online is proud to be a premier leader of online education since 1996. In an effort to create greater awareness of distance learning and to recognize exceptional leaders and best practices in the field, Drexel University Online founded National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), in conjunction with the United States Distance Learning Association.
Created in 2007, NDLW seeks to celebrate the tremendous growth and accomplishments occurring today in distance learning education, while showing appreciation to those who make an indelible mark in the field and upon students.
For 2014, NDLW takes place during the week of November 10th to the 14th. In celebration of NDLW, Drexel University Online hosted its eighth annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 11th to honor remarkable Drexel faculty and staff for their great accomplishments in the field of online learning.
On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Drexel University Online honored extraordinary faculty and staff at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia. For a complete list of the 2014 National Distance Learning Week honorees, please click here.
(This event was virtually streamed live.)
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• More than 7.1 million students were enrolled in at least one online course through a university during fall 2012, according to a January 2014 online education report by the Babson Survey Research Group and College Board.
• An October 2011 study published by the U.S. Department of Education found that “from 2000 to 2008, the percentage of undergraduates enrolled in at least one distance education class expanded from 8 percent to 20 percent.”
• In a U.S. News & World Report article, a report conducted by Ithaka S+R notes that "students who utilize interactive online learning - or hybrid learning - produce equivalent, or better, results than students participating in face-to-face education."
• Academic experts, employers and recruiting professionals agree that to maximize the value of one’s credentials through online learning, the chosen program must be regionally accredited, have a traditional campus and encompass a reputable academic brand. To learn more, click here to view our How Do Employers View Online Degrees? infographic.
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