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CTDLC Develops Online Courses in American Language

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), a division of Charter Oak State College and a member of the Connecticut Board of Regents of Higher Education, recently completed development of a series of online courses offered in American Sign Language (ASL) by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), a division of the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). The courses were to provide training and information to members of the Deaf community served by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) or those for whom ASL is their first language.

"BRS provides vocational services to Connecticut residents with disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. Services may include benefits counseling, assistive technology, interview preparedness, on the job supports and much more," said Arlene Lugo, project manager, Distance Learning Initiative, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. "Working with CTDLC to translate courses into ASL has allowed us to reach Deaf Connecticut residents who may benefit from our services in a meaningful way."

BRS and CTDLC have long partnered together to develop, design and launch more than 50 online courses focused on topics of importance to job seekers with disabilities such as benefits, independent living, job readiness, personal finance, on the job training, and more.

According to Kevin Corcoran, executive director, CTDLC, "Working with an innovative client like BRS to create online learning that has a positive impact on underserved communities is an important part of our mission. We take great pride in developing quality online courses that meet the needs of our clients and their users."

Over the next two years, BRS and CTDLC will continue to work together to expand the library of available online courses offered in ASL, which are part of the Connect-Ability Distance Learning Initiative. Courses offered in ASL, English and Spanish are free to the public. To register for one of these courses, visit: http://elearning.connect-ability.com.

Studio time was donated by the University of Hartford for the filming of these ASL courses.

From the Hartford Courant: http://cour.at/1PJ8P9B


The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), whose online tutoring program serves an international community of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Diane J. Goldsmith Award for excellence in eTutoring. These awards recognize outstanding tutors and coordinators who have had a significant impact on the development and delivery of tutoring within the eTutoring community.

The Outstanding Administrator Award is presented to Dr. Sarah Bergfeld, director of the Western eTutoring Consortium, a program supported by the Washington State Board for Technical and Community Colleges, for her leadership in the practice of online tutoring and contributions to the effective management of multi-institution, collaborative services. Bergfeld's commitment to overseeing the work of tutors from more than 40 colleges and universities, facilitating and seeking consensus from the consortium's members, and creating thoughtful and impactful policies and resources that elevate the practice across all consortia led to this well-deserved recognition.

The Outstanding Tutor Award is presented to Lorinda G. Toledo of Antioch University for the exemplary support she provides to students, evident in the many student survey responses where she is recognized by name for her valuable and thorough feedback. Her professionalism and enthusiasm have bolstered the success and growth of Antioch's Virtual Writing CenterV, where she is lead consultant and has been instrumental in bringing several new tutors on board.

"The CTDLC eTutoring program is committed to helping institutions meet the needs of their students. In doing so, there is a great deal of commitment and talent that is required of its member institutions," said Carolyn Rogers, director of academic services, CTDLC. "It is an honor to acknowledge Dr. Bergfeld and Lorinda Toledo for their work in making this program a success."

Each year, CTDLC recognizes outstanding members of the eTutoring community with this prestigious award, named after its former Executive Director Dr. Diane J. Goldsmith. Goldsmith founded the eTutoring program in 2001 via a grant project to create an online tutoring initiative serving 2-year and 4-year, public and private higher educational institutions. Goldsmith wrote the successful grant, which put into action her belief in collaborative program development and her dedication to student success via online learning programs. The result is a multi-consortia, multi-institution community called eTutoring that delivers collaborative online tutoring services across more than 140 campuses internationally.

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