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EduKan receives national award
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Ed Bowen of NUTN, left, is shown with Dr. Mark Sarver, CEO of eduKan, receiving the NUTN 2012 Institutional Achievement Award. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Dr. Mark Sarver of eduKan delivered the afternoon session on the opening day at NUTN 2012.
EduKan, a consortium of colleges in Kansas, including Barton Community College, was honored with the 2012 NUTN Institution Achievement award at the 2012 National University Telecommunications Network’s 30th Anniversary Conference in Kansas City, Mo., where eduKan’s CEO, Dr. Mark Sarver, was also invited to speak on the opening day. The National University Technology Network is a networking and professional development organization for innovative leaders in the advancement of distance education headquartered at the Dallas County Community College.
The NUTN Institution Achievement award recognizes an institutional member for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and/or organizational administration (or administrative operations) that is exemplary, demonstrates leadership and commitment, and advances the field as an institutional model.
“We are honored to be recognized for our technology advances at eduKan,” Sarver said. “The rigorous criteria and competition from other members up for this award was staggering, and winning this award means so much to our staff of six in Great Bend and to the six colleges that are the heart of eduKan.”
Dr. Sarver was also present during the three day conference and gave a presentation entitled “Innovating Assessment while Assessing Innovation” where he discussed how eduKan changed the way they were doing course assessment using data and analytics. Last Fall, eduKan started offering courses with digitally embedded content in partnership with Pearson where they not only found this was the best way to engage students but they were also able to track and measure how the students and the faculty were engaged. The data collected allows eduKan to assess each course and locate any weakness so it can be redesigned to ensure successful student outcomes.