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SeaLife Center’s Distance Learning Program Wins National Education Award


Seward, AK – August 26, 2011 – The Alaska SeaLife Center has just received a 2010-2011 CILC National Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC).  The award is presented annually to organizations posting outstanding K-12 standards-based interactive videoconferencing education programs.

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.

This is the second time in four years that the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has received the CILC Pinnacle Award.  ASLC Education Manager and leader of the distance learning unit, Laurie Stuart-Morrow said she was delighted to again receive this high level recognition.  “Each year the Center provides more than 300 distance education programs to students throughout Alaska, across the lower 48 and increasingly around the world – this past year the Center has begun a major partnership with Australian schools.  We are very pleased to be formally recognized by industry leaders for our high education standards and to be able to promote improved understanding of Alaska’s marine ecosystems to such a vast and engaging audience”.

About CILC

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), established in 1994, is a not-for-profit specializing in access to applications and the utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-12.

About ASLC

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.  For more information regarding the Distance Learning program or other ASLC information please reference the Alaska SeaLife Center website at www.alaskasealife.org.

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