The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Dr. Irene Kokkala, director of distance education and technology integration (DETI), has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Innovation in Distance Learning Administration (DLA) Award. This award is sponsored by AliveTek, Inc. and will be presented at the annual DLA conference in June.
This award is one of the three DLA Wagner Awards presented to outstanding individuals, to recognize them and/ or the groups they represent, for their excellence in distance learning administration innovation, outstanding instructional support or leadership.
The Wagner Award recognizes an individual's development of solutions to the challenges of distance education which may include: management issues, maintaining the core values of higher education, training issues, retention, evaluation, assessment, student and faculty support, and online services.
Kokkala founded DETI at UNG in 2013 beginning with 3,028 student registrations and four staff. For fall 2015, student registration numbers increased to 5,063 with 13 staff.
"Irene has promoted the most strategic approaches to student/faculty instructional support ensuring a quality learning experience not compromised by rapid growth," said Dr. Mike Rogers, assistant vice president for academic affairs. "Quality is maintained through the rigorous instructional support her division provides to students and faculty on all five UNG campuses."