Continuing Education Program Receives National Technology Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 12-15-2015

Melissa McGowan
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Sarah Langford
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Connect-Learn-Engage Makes Hundreds of Campus Presentations Available Online

California State University, Chico’s Regional & Continuing Education (RCE) has received the Association of Continuing Higher Education’s (ACHE) 2015 Creative Use of Technology award for its program Connect-Learn-Engage. 

ACHE represents higher education professionals from 300 institutions in the United States and Canada and promotes professional, continuing and online education. The awards were presented at ACHE’s 77th annual Conference & Meeting on Nov. 10 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Connect Learn EngageThe Creative Use of Technology award recognizes innovative uses of instructional and distance learning technologies in lifelong learning. The winning program or project is determined to be innovative, have a proven success record, demonstrate excellence, and be adaptive to other settings or institutions.

Started in 2010, Connect-Learn-Engage is a free online library capturing the wealth of resources, information and inspiration shared through presentations and panel discussions across campus each academic year. It currently features more than 500 recordings, including presentations from campus groups and events, academic departments and student support units, which are otherwise unavailable to the broader community, distance students and those who cannot travel to campus to participate.   

RCE developed the Connect-Learn-Engage program to extend campus resources and connect faculty, staff, students and the community; provide opportunities to learn from experts from around the globe; and encourage people to engage in the content using webinars, recorded academic forums and student services presentations, said Jeff Layne, director of Distance Education, who oversees the Connect-Learn-Engage program.

“I’m honored our efforts to serve online students and reach out to the North State have been recognized by a national association,” Layne said. “We have created strong partnerships within the institution by working together to capture presentations that would have only existed for a short time and make them available to a broader audience for years to come.”

RCE utilized modest funding and minimal staff time to develop a program which has enhanced partnerships with departments on campus and allows RCE to continually connect with new audiences, learn new ways to enhance and expand information sharing and engage more meaningfully with others and the community, he added.  

Social work professor Celeste Jones serves as director of Interdisciplinary Center on Aging (ICOA). The center now offers recorded trainings through Connect-Learn-Engage, providing valuable information on the nation’s older-growing adult population.

“Making education and training accessible is critical for our rural region, and the Connect-Learn- Engage program allows ICOA to share these video resources with students and communities beyond our physical campus,” Jones said. “We hear from stakeholders about the value of these videos as training and professional development opportunities for their community agency employees, as well as from university instructors on how they use these videos in class for discussions, in their online courses for discussion blogs and for assignments.”

Presentations available through Connect-Learn-Engage can be browsed by topic or found by searching at http://rce.csuchico.edu/connect-learn-engage.

As the anchor institution in Northern California, CSU, Chico serves a 12-county service area, the largest in the 23-campus California State University system. The mission of Regional & Continuing Education at CSU, Chico is to strengthen and expand the resources of the University to respond to lifelong learning needs through distance and online education, special session programs, teacher professional development, accredited certificates and degrees and a wide variety of personal enrichment and professional development courses and conferences. To learn more, visit http://rce.csuchico.edu.

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