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Apex Opens Awards for Blended, Virtual Programs

Apex Learning, a provider of blended and virtual learning tools, has opened nominations for its 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence.

"The awards recognize blended and virtual learning programs with effective strategies that have a meaningful impact on student outcomes and have the potential to be replicated or adapted by other schools," according to a company news release. Winners will be honored at Apex Blended Learning Regional Conferences in spring of 2015.

Criteria for the awards include:

  • Innovative practices and strategies deployed in support of program goals;
  • Meaningful impact for students in blended or virtual programs;
  • The possibility of replication or adaptation in other learning environments; and
  • Proven results, such as improved student engagement, test scores or graduation rates.

Nominations will be accepted November 3 through February 13 and winners will be notified April 15. Requirements for submissions, available at surveygizmo.com, include:

  • A 300-word abstract describing the nominated program;
  • A 250-word description of Apex Learning's role in the program, including its use by teachers and how it has affected teaching, teaching effectiveness, student engagement and student motivation;
  • A completed application; and
  • An optional video testimonial.

"We are pleased to partner with schools and districts to implement effective blended and virtual learning programs," said Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, in a prepared statement. "Recipients of the Apex Learning Award of Excellence have a unique opportunity to showcase their programs and expertise within the education community."

For more information, or to submit an application, visit apexlearning.com. Information about last year's winners is also available at the Apex Learning site.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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