eVersity Wins International Distance Learning Award


LITTLE ROCK, AR (May 10, 2016) – A cutting-edge online learning collaboration between the University of Arkansas System eVersity and the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) was honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with a prestigious international distance learning award presented for excellence in distance learning.

The USDLA presented its 2016 Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming Bronze Award to eVersity and UAM on May 10 in conjunction with its annual national conference in St. Louis. USDLA, a nonprofit founded in 1987, is one of the nation’s leading distance learning organizations.

“Our educational model is to utilize the expertise we have among UA System faculty and combine it with our talented instructional design team to collaborate on delivering a unique, highly interactive and engaging online learning experience,” said Michael Moore, Ph.D., chief academic and operating officer of eVersity and vice president of academic affairs for the UA System. “Having just launched in September 2015, this is immediate validation that we are already coming through on our promise to rethink the way online learning is delivered.” 

Adam Peterson, senior instructional designer at eVersity, collaborated with Crystal Halley, director of academic advising and an adjunct faculty member at UAM, to deliver the award-winning legal research course in eVersity’s criminal justice program. 

The international USDLA awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs.

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring eVersity as a leader in the industry,” said Dr. John G. Flores, executive director of USDLA and program professor at Nova Southeastern University. “eVersity has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by eVersity’s contributions within all distance learning constituencies.”

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies. 

“This year’s award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning,” said Elaine Shuck, chair of the USDLA Board of Directors.

The UA System launched eVersity, the state’s only 100 percent-online university, in September 2015, and is committed to providing relevant workforce curriculum to every course in each degree program, including the elaboration of skills and competencies needed to prepare each graduate for their career. The teaching and evaluation strategies used to develop courses assure students and future employers that the discipline-relevant competencies have been mastered. 

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.  USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. For more info visit www.usdla.org.