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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Tyrrell re­ceives pres­ti­gious teach­ing award for their suc­cess­ful and pop­u­lar dis­tance learn­ing pro­gram.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum has another feather in its cap for the high qual­ity dis­tance learn­ing programs it of­fers through­out the year.

The Cen­tre for In­ter­ac­tive Learn­ing and Col­lab­o­ra­tion (CILC) has be­stowed the Pin­na­cle Award to the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s dis­tance learn­ing pro­gram.

“It is very re­ward­ing when we do get these re­sults,” said Me­gan McLaugh­lin, Dis­tance Learn­ing Co­or­di­na­tor at the Royal Tyrrell Muse- um.

The award, pre­sented an­nu­ally, is given to con­tent providers that achieve a 95 per cent or higher evalua- tion from teach­ers.

She ex­plains the CILC is a hub for dif­fer­ent con­tent providers such as mu­se­ums, sci­ence cen­tres and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions that de- liver web based and video con­fer­ence programs

Teach­ers can book through the web­site, and they eval­u­ate the course.

“CILC takes pride in its as­sur­ances to mem­bers that programs are high-qual­ity, eval­u­ated by ed­u­ca­tors for ed­u­ca­tors. Eval­u­a­tions rec­og­nize not only the qual­ity of con­tent, but ex­cep­tional skill in en­gag­ing learn­ers. A Pin­na­cle Award rec­og­nizes the best of the best, and is a proud badge of ex­cel­lence,” said Glenn Mor­ris, CILC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

McLaugh­lin says the awards do carry some pres­tige be­cause they are based on the eval­u­a­tion of ed­u­ca­tors.

“It is re­ward­ing to see we have rated very high in the eyes of teach­ers,” said McLaugh­lin. “It’s com­ing straight from the teach­ers, and know­ing that they are ap­pre­ci­at­ing the programs and find­ing value in them feels good.”

The awards were es­tab­lished in 2008, and since then the Tyrrell dis­tance learn­ing pro­gram has won four Pin­na­cle Awards and re­ceived four hon­or­able men­tions.

“It is re­ward­ing to see we have rated very high in the eyes of teach­ers. It’s com­ing straight from the teach­ers, and know­ing that they are ap­pre­ci­at­ing the programs and find­ing value in them feels good.”

Me­gan McLaugh­lin Dis­tance Learn­ing Co­or­di­na­tor at the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum.

The Dis­tance Learn­ing Pro­gram at the Royal Tyr- Award from the Cen­tre for In­ter­ac­tive Learn­ing and rell Mu­seum was pre­sented with the 2016 Pin­na­cle Col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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