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2015 AECT Division of Distance Learning Crystal Award

Columbus, OH (September 14, 2015)

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Associate Provost, Franklin University’s International Institute for Innovative Instruction and Dr. Lewis Chongwony, faculty member, are the recipients of a 2015 AECT Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Crystal Award.

The third place distinction was awarded for the Criminal Justice Administration Adult and Juvenile Systems of Justice course (CJAD 710) offered within Franklin’s new Criminal Justice Leadership graduate certificate program, in which students analyze complex and multi-systemic adult and juvenile systems of justice and social control mechanisms on both a micro and macro level.

“The CJAD 710 submission pays tribute to a broad institutional collaboration between lead faculty members, content experts and the University’s multimedia expertise,” said Dr. Miner-Romanoff.

The award recognizes innovative and outstanding multimedia-based distance learning courses (online, CD-ROM/DVD or video-based) and distance learning projects (single modules, lessons, workshops, something less than an entire course). Through such recognition, the awards promote quality, professional distance learning activities and products and publicly acknowledge exemplary instances in five categories. Submissions are assessed using a peer-review process with reviewers from across the field reviewing the work submitted.

“The competition for the Crystal Award this year was very tight as usual but Dr. Lewis Chongwony’s and Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff’s was outstanding,” said Dr. Victoria Walker, DDL Awards Manager. “We are very pleased to see such a unique topic for one of the winners.”

The AECT-DDL awards will be officially awarded during the DDL Governance Member Meeting at the 2015 AECT Convention in Indianapolis on Nov. 6.

About AECT
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.  AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where educational change is underway.  AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of instruction and a systematic approach to learning.  It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology.  Along with our members, we have 24 state and six international affiliates who are all passionate about finding better ways to help people learn.  AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.  AECT has 9 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that represent the breadth and depth of the field.  The association produces two bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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