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NDU’s iCollege is Named Finalist for the International E-Learning Awards

UNRELEASED | November 23, 2010

The National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College (NDU iCollege) was recently named as a Finalist in the category of “Excellence in the Production of Learning Content – Public Sector” by the leading European publication e.learning age, in its annual awards: http://www.elearningage.co.uk/SHORTLIST.ASPX. Launched in 2005, the E-Learning Awards honor the best in e-learning programs, projects, teams, individuals and strategies. With over 200 entries in the 2010 competition, the E-Learning Awards has been recognized as the most prestigious and competitive awards in e-learning innovation.

The NDU iCollege is dedicated to the development and use of e-learning curricula and tools for government, civilian, and international Information Age leaders. The NDU iCollege submission focused on one of its core-edge development initiatives in e-learning – the College’s online learning course on Multi-Agency and Information-Enabled Collaboration. This course addresses improving inter-agency effectiveness for national and homeland security preparation, response and recovery. The course leverages a Web 2.0 approach to e-learning for senior leaders and integrates a wide range of collaborative technologies including the following: virtual worlds, YouTube-style student videos, decision-making games, user-created content, rich media pools and more.

Criteria for the award included: projects that combine language, imagery, other media and interaction in innovative ways to transfer learning effectively and efficiently; users describe their learning in positive terms such as enjoyable, effective and memorable; stakeholders recognize it as value for money, timely and efficient in matching or exceeding the intended outcomes; that it is viewed by learning or communication experts as creative and extending the boundaries of accepted good practice, and that the content matches a specified organizational need. The college would like to congratulate Professor Cathy Downes and her teaching team for this achievement.