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Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888,
News release prepared by: Jared Betts, 785-532-2529,

Friday, Nov. 13, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University will receive the Association for Continuing Higher Education's 2009 Creative Use of Technology Award for K-State's Distance Learning Video Gallery.

The gallery is a collection of video interviews with seasoned K-State instructors who are active in distance education. The gallery provides tips and techniques for improvement, efficiency and success for K-State faculty/staff and those from other institutions seeking knowledge on distance learning best practices.

The national award will be presented Nov. 18 at the association's annual conference and meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. The Association for Continuing Higher Education is an institution-based organization that links colleges, universities and individuals together to bolster higher education and lifelong learning.

The video gallery is a yearlong project by Roger McHaney, professor and interim head of the department of management in K-State's College of Business Administration, to collect successful instructional distance education techniques, ideas and methodologies used by K-State instructors.

"This resource is ideal for someone setting up a new distance course or for those hoping to take their online teaching to the next level. Topics range from managing office hours to administering exams," McHaney said.

K-State faculty and others have the ability to use the video gallery material asynchronously -- the same way many distance students use their classroom resources. The material is available at convenient, self-determined times and can be viewed as frequently as needed.

Yar Ebadi, dean of K-State's College of Business Administration, said the gallery can be instrumental in helping K-State educators excel in distance instruction. "This project also represents how technology can be utilized to further advance K-State and our land-grant mission," Ebadi said. "The College of Business Administration is proud of this accomplishment and pleased that the Association for Continuing Higher Education has recognized the gallery as the recipient of this prestigious national award. The work on this project has been exceptional."

The K-State Distance Learning Video Gallery is available at:

More information about K-State's award-winning distance education programs is available at the K-State Division of Continuing Education Web site at or by contacting