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APUS VP of Research and Development Phil Ice Receives Wagner Award for Innovation in Distance Learning Administration

Charles Town, WV May 24, 2011  American Public University System (APUS) today announced that Dr. Phil Ice, vice president of research and development, has received a Wagner Award for Innovation in Distance Learning Administration, sponsored by AliveTek, Inc. The news follows the May 19th announcement of his appointment as principal investigator for the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework (PAR) project, initiated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies.

Sponsored by the University of West Georgia and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, the Wagner Award recognizes the development of innovative solutions to the challenges of distance education, including training issues, retention, evaluation, assessment and online services.  It was presented to Dr. Ice at the 2011 Distance Learning Administration Conference in Savannah, Georgia, where he and APUS President and CEO Dr. Wallace E. Boston were also recognized for their paper, “Assessing Retention in Online Learning: An Administrative Perspective.”

"Phil is truly deserving of this well-earned industry laurel in recognition of his significant contributions to online learning,” said Boston.  “These contributions include the development and management of pioneering programs like the PAR program, along with ongoing technological innovation and research.”

In his current role at APUS, Dr. Ice focuses on the impact of new and emerging technologies on cognition in online learning environments. His work in this area has brought him international recognition in the form of three Effective Practice of the Year Awards (2007, 2009 and 2010) from the Sloan Consortium, which also recognized his leadership of an APUS team with the Gomory Award for Data Driven Quality Improvement in 2009. His other industry accomplishments include membership in Adobe's Education Leaders Group and Higher Education Advisory Board, as well as receiving the Adobe Higher Education Leaders Impact Award for 2010.

Dr. Ice’s vision for the future of technology in higher education is also demonstrated by his inclusion on the advisory council for the 2011 NMC / ELI Horizon Report. His work has covered the use of technology-mediated feedback, which has been adopted by more than 50 institutions of higher education in five countries, multi-level institutional assessment techniques and application of semantic analysis for mapping institutional learning assets.

Dr. Ice has conducted more than 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations and workshops, as well as authored more than 20 publications related to the integration of emerging technologies in eLearning. Other examples of his research include the use of embedded asynchronous audio feedback mechanisms, using web 2.0 tools for collaborative construction of knowledge, and remote observation of student teaching experiences using asynchronous, flash-based environments. He is also involved with seven other researchers in the US and Canada in numerous other research initiatives related to the Community of Inquiry Framework. This research has resulted in the development of a validated instrument that captures the intersection of teaching, social and cognitive presence in online learning environments.