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Avila online course earns recognition from national organization

Award will be accepted July 12 at Blackboard World 2011 conference

June 16, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - An online course in Avila University's Advantage undergraduate catalog will be recognized for excellence next month at the annual conference of a leading educational software firm that specializes in corporate learning management systems.

Avila's online course, PY321-Leadership, will be presented with a Catalyst Award at the Blackboard World 2011 conference July 12 in Las Vegas. The Catalyst Award falls under Blackboard's Exemplary Course Program (ECP).

According to Mark Eaton, associate vice president for instructional technology at Avila and designer of the course, PY321 was a good candidate for a Catalyst Award because of its defining characteristics, which include the use of various forms of multi-media in its presentations and a design that allows students to take instruction on their own time schedules. Once the course was submitted, it underwent a vigorous blind peer review, which looked at recommended practices for online learning.

Eaton, who submitted the course about a year ago for the award, will accept it during the conference July 12. As an award recipient, he'll also be doing a poster session during the conference.

"I'm looking forward to it," Eaton said. "What I really liked about the blind peer review was that I got some good feedback about how to design courses.

"It's a great opportunity for knowledge sharing and to bring a lot of good ideas back to Avila."

For a five-minute guided tour of the course, visit http://bit.ly/1zJ8dN.

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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.