Independent Study High School course earns national honor

The "Biology 1" course offered by the UNL Independent Study High School has received a silver 2012 International Distance Learning Award from the United States Distance Learning Association.

The honor was awarded through USDLA’s K-12 Best Practices and Distance Learning Programming category. This is the second year in a row that ISHS has earned an award from USDLA. The physics course won in 2011.

“This award reflects the quality of our program and the efforts of our teachers and course developers who work diligently to provide our students with the best possible courses,” said Barbara Wolf Shousha, ISHS director. “Our goal has been and continues to be to provide this level of quality instruction throughout our entire curriculum.”

USDLA, a non-profit association founded in 1987, presents these International Awards annually to individuals and organizations — including public, private and corporate educational service providers — engaged in development and delivery of distance learning programs. The prestigious 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.

“It’s an honor to receive this type of recognition,” said Judy Montgomery, instructional design leader for the Biology 1 course. “But more importantly, it’s a great representation of the quality of work our team continually puts out for students all over the world.”

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