Alaska SeaLife Center’s distance learning program wins national award
August 22, 2017

Alaska SeaLife Center’s distance learning program wins national award

Seward, Alaska (August 22, 2017) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce that it has received the Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). This is the seventh 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 86,500 students and teachers across Alaska, the United States, and internationally since its inception in 2005,” said Tara Riemer, ASLC President and 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.” 

During the award evaluation period, the ASLC Distance Learning Program worked with approximately 9,330 participants ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to senior citizen in 23 states, 7 Canadian provinces, South Korea and Australia.

ASLC Senior Education Manager, Jeff Dillon, said he was delighted to again receive this high level recognition. “We are honored to receive the Pinnacle Award and to be among other winners who do such amazing work in the distance learning field,” said Dillon. “I am very proud of our team, led by ASLC Education Specialist, Darin Trobaugh. Distance learning is an amazing tool that is critical to us as we provide our audience opportunities to make meaningful connections with Alaska’s marine ecosystems.” 

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. 

About CILC: 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. To learn more, visit

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