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Amy Garrett Dikkers Receives AECT Distance Education Book Award

Monday, November 09, 2020

Amy Garrett Dikkers is co-editor of the book Social Presence in Online Learning: Multiple Perspectives on Practice and Research. The book was selected for the 2020 Distance Education Book Award by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s Division of Distance Learning. The award was presented at the AECT International Convention in November.

Social Presence in Online Learning brings together many well-known names in the field to give teachers, instructional designers and students enrolled in online programs practical strategies to enhance social presence in order to enhance the effectiveness of online teaching and learning. The book was published in 2017 by Stylus Publishing in association with The Online Learning Consortium. It is the sixth book in the series, Online Learning and Distance Education. 

“Connectedness matters in teaching and learning, whether we are face-to-face, hybrid or virtual,” Garrett Dikkers said. “We are honored to be recognized with the award from AECT which shows the continued value of the book for researchers and practitioners in online and blended learning and the importance of building and maintaining social presence in our learning spaces.”

Aimee Whiteside, associate professor of English and writing at the University of Tampa and Karen Swan, the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield are co-editors of the book. Charlotte Nirmalani Gunawardena, Regents’ Professor of Distance Education and Instructional Technology at the University of New Mexico authored a foreword. Somer Lewis, director of WCE’s Professional Development System office, along with Garrett Dikkers and Whiteside, is co-author of three book chapters.

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of instructional designers, educators and professionals. Founded in 1963, the organization provides international leadership by promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning.