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CTL Wins Award for Excellence in Faculty Development

By Sarah H. Dolan | October 6, 2009

L-R: (Back) Chris Nickel, Julie Moustafa, Darin Wales, Mike Pregitzer (Front) Diane Cooke, Ginger Zillges, Lena Maslennikova.

Regent University Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) leadership and innovation in developing online teaching competencies among instructors has resulted in Regent winning the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) 2009 Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching.

Sloan-C is an association of institutions and organizations engaged in the enhancement of online learning. They will present Regent's award on October 29, at their 15th annual International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks in Orlando, Fla.

Assistant Vice-President for Online-Learning Ginger Zillges will attend the conference.

"CTL offers support to the Regent faculty in numerous ways," she said. According to Zillges, even the academic support staff participates freely in CTL offerings.

"The more people know about and are competent in online technologies, strategies and best practices, the more our organizational culture moves along with the changes in the landscape of higher education," Zillges said.

Regent has about 180 full-time faculty and 375 adjunct faculty. Through CTL, they utilize instructional blogs and digital video and are regularly encouraged through e-newsletters to participate in the latest innovations.

"The competition for this award was particularly strong this year, and the selection committee felt that Regent's faculty development program in the area of online learning was exemplary," said Burks Oakley II, chair of the Sloan-C awards selection committee.

Bruce Chaloux, president of Sloan-C, said that online learning investments are paying off—contributing to increased enrollments.

"Our watchwords of quality, scale and breadth are epitomized by the individuals and institutions we honor this year," he said.

The CTL team credits Regent faculty for their dedication to continual professional development.


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