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RRU faculty earn distinction at China conference

October 30, 2013
By: 
Susan Down

An academic paper on Royal Roads University’s teaching model recently received an award in China at the preeminent international conference on distance and online education. RRU faculty members Doug Hamilton, program head of the MA in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) in the School of Education and Technology; and Pedro Márquez, dean of the Faculty of Management, presented the paper at the World Conference of the 25th International Council for Distance Education, held in Tianjin, China, Oct. 16-18. The biennial conference was attended by more than 900 delegates from 40 countries.

The RRU paper, entitled “Real Life, Real Learning – The Royal Roads University Experience,” received a third-place award, one of 12 Excellent Paper Awards chosen from 121 applications and more than 400 papers given by scholars from around the world. Another RRU faculty member, Niels Agger-Gupta, associate professor in the School of Leadership Studies, co-authored the paper but was not in attendance at the conference.

For the paper, the RRU research team systematically reviewed all programs at RRU to identify and examine the common learning and teaching elements that provide a framework to support both students and faculty. The RRU model describes the importance of creating a strong learning community within which students have authentic learning experiences that mirror the kinds of complex learning, performance, and leadership challenges found in today’s organizations, communities, and educational institutions.