School of Social Work wins Platinum Award for distance learning

By in Announcements, Case Studies, Online and Blended Learning, Social Work
May 8th, 2014

The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) was recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with a Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. The USDLA, a nonprofit association and national leader in distance learning, presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards on May 5, 2014, in conjunction with its 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practices, Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming, Best Practices for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual, Hall of Fame and the Eagle for an elected official.

These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. The Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming acknowledged Boston University School of Social Work’s online program course, CP 771: Clinical Practice with Groups. Clinical Associate Professor Donna McLaughlin, MSW, LICSW, from the School of Social Work, and Senior Instructional Designer James A. Frey from the office of Distance Education collaboratively designed this course; Clinical Associate Professor McLaughlin teaches the online graduate course three times annually.

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring the Boston University School of Social Workas a leader in the industry,” said Dr. John G. Flores, executive director of USDLA and program professor at Nova Southeastern University. “The School of Social Work online MSW programhas raised the bar of excellence, and we are truly honored by the School’s contributions within all distance learning constituencies.”

The USDLA 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.

“Our faculty has always adhered to the highest level of educational standards at the School of Social Work,” said School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD. “Receiving such a prestigious award is a great honor for all of us and for our amazing partners in Distance Education. This honor not only confirms the excellence of our online MSW program, but also honors these fine BU educators, Professor Donna McLaughlin and Designer James A. Frey.”

“This year’s USDLA Awards represent the finest examples of online courses, best practices, and leadership in our field. The depth and breadth of the USDLA membership allows us to engage with leaders from higher education, K-12, industry, military, and government who daily demonstrate the power of distance learning. We are so very proud and excited to be able to recognize this level of excellence,” said USDLA President Jenny Jopling.