ASLC's Distance Learning Program Wins National Award September 23, 2016
Seward, Alaska (September 23, 2016)– The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce that it has received the Pinnacle Award for the 2015-16 school year from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). This is the sixth CILC Pinnacle Award the ASLC has received since the award was established in 2008.
“The Alaska SeaLife Center’s distance learning program has reached over 72,000 students and teachers across Alaska and the United States since its inception in 2005,” said Tara Reimer, ASLC President & CEO. “We are especially proud to earn the Pinnacle Award because it is based on evaluations by the educators and end users who participate in the program.”
For the 2015-16 school year evaluation period, the ASLC Distance Learning Program worked with approximately 6,500 participants ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to senior citizen in 25 states and Puerto Rico, 5 Canadian provinces, and the Dominican Republic.
ASLC Education Director Laurie Morrow said she was delighted to again receive this high level recognition. “We are thrilled to receive the Pinnacle Award from our colleagues in recognition of the team's high education standards. Our educators thoroughly enjoy engaging classrooms from around the globe in better understanding Alaska’s marine ecosystems, and that enthusiasm translates into meaningful conversations with the students.”
To qualify for the award the provider must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on their program evaluations from educators during the school year. The evaluation assesses seven areas: two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program.
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), established in 1994, specializes in the access to applications and the utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for lifelong learning. CILC serves as a program to the South Central Service Cooperative, an education service agency with its headquarters in Minnesota.