Clayton State University faculty and staff played a major role in the recent Distance Learning Administration (DLA) Conference, held at Jekyll Island, Ga., wherein almost 200 representatives from universities and colleges from throughout the United States and Canada gathered. The conference was focused on the best practices in administration, technology and teaching within the online environment.
The highlights of the conference for Clayton State included Ginny Bass, director of Degree Completion, receiving the previously-announced DLA Outstanding Instructional Support Award for 2012, and Professor of Sociology Dr. Rodger Bates receiving the Best Paper Award at the conference for his article, “Distance Learning for Special Populations.”
Bass’ award is one of three DLA Wagner Awards to be presented to outstanding individuals, to recognize them and/or the groups that they represent, for their excellence in Distance Learning Administration Innovation, Outstanding Instructional Support, or Leadership.
on to being published in the Conference Proceedings, Bates’ article also was published in the June edition of the Online Journal for Distance Learning Administration.
The paper summarized research by Bates on offline distance learning in a variety of environments, including deployed military personnel, prison populations, Native Americans and athletes.
This paper was partially developed through Bates’ previous experience in providing ipod-based distance learning opportunities for deployed USAF personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bates also recently published, “Dancing with Wolves, Today’s Lone Wolf Terrorists” in The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology
. This article reviewed the growth and importance of lone-wolf terrorists. In addition, a typology of single-actor, self-radicalized terrorists was developed.
The DLA Conference also featured Clayton State faculty members Sherry Southard (Legal Studies), Mara Mooney (Legal Studies), and Dr. Christie Burton (Bachelor of Applied Science program coordinator) presenting, “Shifting from Obligatory Discourse to Rich Dialogue: Promoting Student Interaction in Asynchronous Threaded Discussion Postings” which was also published in the Conference Proceedings.