The National Institute of Corrections received first place honors for its web-based program Evidence-Based Practices for Supervisors. The award, received March 18, 2008 at the annual Learn.com client services conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was for Best Course Design using CourseMaker Studio.
In announcing the winner, Don Cook (Learn.com's Vice President of Marketing) indicated that "hands down" and "by far" NIC's course surpassed other entries in this category for quality of instructional design. He pointed to the innovative use of an animated e-agent (avatar) to serve as a mentor for the learner throughout the course and the inclusion of quality demonstration vignettes as significant contributions enhancing the learning experience.
The NIC team responsible for the design and development of this course included Steve Swisher, Carla Smalls, and Michael Guevara. Robert Cherkos and Renee Bergeron served as contractual subject matter experts on the project. Learn more about NIC's E-Courses.
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