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UCO Administrator Recognized Nationally for Outstanding Leadership in Technology-Enhanced Learning

A headshot of Bucky Dodd, Ph.D.Nov. 27, 2017

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121, sneese@uco.edu

UCO Administrator Recognized Nationally for Outstanding Leadership in Technology-Enhanced Learning

As part of the University of Central Oklahoma’s promise to provide unmatched value and a personal experience for each of its students, UCO’s Center for eLearning and Connected Environments (CeCE) and its Institute for Learning Environment Design (ILED) strives to facilitate student-centered learning opportunities in the digital age. With the provision of resources and technology, CeCE contributes to a growing elearning environment, allowing students to pursue or continue a degree in higher education through distance learning.

CeCe’s work has garnered recognition from across the nation, and recently, Bucky Dodd, Ph.D., the university’s chief learning and innovation officer and director of ILED, added to the list of accolades by winning the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technology (WCET) Sally M. Johnstone Award.

WCET is a leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. The Sally M. Johnstone Award, named after WCET’s founding executive director, recognizes a professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the technology-enhanced teaching and learning community, while also acknowledging thought leadership, excellence in practice and demonstrated leadership capabilities.

WCET recognized Dodd for his unparalleled dedication to CeCE’s mission to empower course design, teaching, and learning experiences that are learner-center, high-quality, flexible and affordable, adding that his work has been invaluable in the implementation of innovative course design and quality assurance initiatives.

UCO President Don Betz commended Dodd on his leadership and innovative contribution to the Central community and beyond.

“Through his dedication and leadership, Bucky Dodd has furthered Central’s vision of helping students learn, while serving as a collaborative partner to meet the educational, business and community aspirations of the metropolitan community. He is a shining example of the creative and innovative spirit of our university.”

CeCE supports the design, development and delivery of elearning courses throughout UCO, while also offering consulting, production, logistics and innovation services that are designed to optimize learning experiences for students online. Recent recognitions for the group include the 2017 21st Century Distance Learning Award and the 2017 Innovation Award, both presented by the United States Distance Learning Association, as well as the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 2017 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award.

For more information about CeCE, visit cece.uco.edu.

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Cutline: The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technology (WCET) recently awarded Bucky Dodd, Ph.D., chief learning and innovation officer and director of the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma, with the Sally M. Johnstone Award, for his dedication and leadership within higher education’s technology-enhanced learning community.