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UCM Celebrates Distance Learning Week with Variety of Activities

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 10, 2008) – UCM joins the United States Distance Learning Association in its celebration of National Distance Learning Week with a UCM campus celebration Nov. 10-14.

The week of events began with a reception Monday, where UCM President Aaron Podolefsky signed the proclamation declaring National Distance Learning Week at UCM.

Prior to the signing of the proclamation, Bryan Carter, associate professor of English at UCM, led an international conference of speakers on the subject of virtual reality, broadcast from Paris, France.

Through the virtual world of Second Life, participants heard guest presentations from around the world, highlighting the global reach of virtual environments in developing the tremendous potential of distance learning. Presentations were made in Second Life and in real life from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.

Throughout the week, a variety of special presentations, lectures, demonstrations and training sessions will offer a broad overview of distance learning and its impact on contemporary education. UCM’s interactive television studios will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 13, from 8-10 a.m. in Wood 17 and 19, and a noon brown bag lunch presentation examines the 2008 Horizon Report in Elliott Union 237B.

Learn more about UCM's Distance Learning Week celebration online. Distance Learning Week at UCM is sponsored by the School of Graduate and Extended Studies and the Office of Information Technology and Instruction.

Distance Learning Week Proclamation Signing
UCM President Aaron Podolefsky, second from right, signed a proclamation during a Nov. 10 ceremony designating Nov. 10-14 as Distance Learning Week on the UCM campus. Joining Podolefsky for the signing ceremony were, left to right, Russell Helm, chief information officer; David Rice, assistant provost for information technology and instruction; and Donald Peterson, director of broadcasting services.