Provincial partnership recognized with national award for use of technology in education

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A partnership between Newfoundland and Labrador's public education institutions has been recognized by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) with the 2010 national Award for Excellence and Innovation in Partnership and Collaboration.
"This is the first time in North America that public education providers in one jurisdiction have achieved this level of collaboration and this award recognizes our significant accomplishment," Education Minister Darin King said.
"Most importantly, this unique partnership benefits all of our secondary and post-secondary distance education students, particularly those in rural areas, by providing a common technology for distance learning. As students transition between educational institutions in the province they can avail of the same distance learning software throughout their education."
According to a news released, the Department of Education's Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI), Memorial University's Distance Education and Learning Technologies and College of the North Atlantic's Distributed Learning partnered with Desire2Learn Incorporated, a world leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions. Through the partnership, the three education providers currently offer a province-wide system that supports distance education regardless of location, time or educational level. This enables ease of transition and access between institutions for students; supports rural-based education development and delivery and contributes to a province-wide learning culture.
The award, which recognizes initiatives that contribute to supporting open and distance education within the primary, secondary and post secondary sectors, was received Tuesday at the 2010 CNIE conference in Saint John, New Brunswick. This is the second award the partnership has received. The first was the international 2009 Desire2EXCEL Community Service Award.

Organizations: Distance Education and Learning Technologies and College of the North Atlantic, Canadian Network for Innovation, Department of Education Desire2EXCEL Community Service

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, North America, Saint John New Brunswick

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