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Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning Receives Award


2017 ACCESS Online Course of the Year Award given to MBIDL for fourth consecutive year

Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning recently received the 2017 ACCESS Online Course of the Year (COTY) Award.

The award, which is peer reviewed and based on a Quality Matters rubric, was given to MBIDL at the Association of Christian Distance Education’s annual ACCESS Conference in La Mirada, California. It was awarded to MBIDL for their course, “Analyzing Cultural Challenges: Action Research,” which was developed by Alin Vrancila, assistant dean of Teaching and Learning, and instructional designer Mary Oprea. This is MBIDL’s 18th Course of the Year award since 1977 and the fourth in a row.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized once again by receiving this award,” said Dr. Bryan O’Neal, vice president of MBIDL. “Our staff and faculty work extremely hard at developing courses that richly equip our students in God’s Word so they are prepared to be effective servants in the world. This course is particularly important since students are facing an increasingly multicultural context in their life and ministry.”

“Analyzing Cultural Challenges: Action Research” focuses on applying action research methods to address cultural challenges in ministry situations and is a key course in MBIDL’s B.S. in Theology and Cultural Studies. This course seeks resolution between people developing a “community of practice” in the process.

"Our production team is constantly seeking to improve online course design by reviewing student and instructor feedback as well as ensuring learning outcomes are properly addressed and assessed,” added Kevin Mahaffy, director of instructional design for MBIDL’s Product Development team. “One aspect of this particular course is the inclusion of ‘student-led discussion boards,’ which has proven to have a positive impact on student learning."

Representing MBIDL at the ACCESS conference was Dr. O’Neal, Mahaffy, Vrancila and instructional designer Phil Brown.

MBIDL staff also presented during the ACCESS Conference. Brown’s presentation dealt with working together to build quality online instruction, and Vrancila showcased an innovation he developed about student-led discussion boards online. Mahaffy spoke about how faculty can use audio and video techniques to better offer assignment feedback in an online environment.

For more information about Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning including how to apply, please visit their web page.


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