CDLT Award Winners
Monday, December 18, 2017
CDLT Best Practice Award in Distance Learning or Technology for Adult Learners
One of the goals of the AAACE’s Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) is to provide members with opportunities to share best practices and research on how adults are learning in networked and other technological learning environments. The CDLT Best Practice Award in Distance Learning or Technology for Adult Learners is to honor those best practices. The best practice can be in a higher education, community education, corporate, government, and other environments where adult learners are being served. The award is given annually at the AAACE conference to no more than two recipients in any calendar year. Recipients are invited to present their best practices at a CDLT sponsored session during the AAACE annual conference. Additionally, winning projects are featured in “The CDLT News.” Winners of the inaugural 2017 award include Dr. Desiree DePriest and Dr. David S. Stein.
Dr. Desiree DePriest, Kaplan University – KapTechnology
KapTech is a virtual company created for the purpose of providing real-world experience for undergraduate and graduate IT students. Students take on roles and duties based on their expertise and available projects. They have the opportunity to participate in activities that serve real world clients in areas such as networking security, web design, database design, marketing, HR, and governance. Dr. DePriest is a full-time faculty member who serves in the role of CEO of KapTech by overseeing and directing the students. Dr. DePriest holds a PhD in Business Organization and Management and Masters degrees in both Information Systems and Telecommunications. She teaches a variety of IT courses for Kaplan, is the author of several publications, and has a small development and instructional design business. “Doc” DePriest is passionate about working hands-on and in the trenches with students. Her motto is “We are all students.”
Dr. David S. Stein – Boot Camp for Beginning Online Instructors
Dr. Stein and a co-author, Constance Wanstreet, developed a boot camp training for beginning online instructors to improve teaching skills and create a positive attitude toward online teaching. Readings, video presentations, and online challenges help “campers” demonstrate the skills needed for online instruction. The camp is housed in two different online platforms that allows for both easy access and self-directed learning through the use of a variety of technological tools. Dr. Stein is an Associate Professor of adult and distance education at The Ohio State University in the College of Education and Human Ecology Department of Education Studies, Section on Workforce Development and Education. He directs the minor in Virtual Teaching and develops online courses with a focus on the virtual classroom and adult learning. His research has focused primarily on how online learning opportunities can be distributed to learners using technology to promote excellence in higher order thinking. He has a PhD in Adult Education, a Master of Science Degree in Community Health Planning and Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
CDLT Director’s Appreciation Award
The CDLT Director’s Appreciation Award is given annually to members for their exceptional service to the commission and its members. Winners of the 2017 award include Tricia Berry and Leslie Cordie.