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Explosive Growth of Online Learning Mayor-elect Nutter to Participate in Drexel Celebration

November 12, 2007

Explosive Growth of Online Learning: Mayor-elect Nutter to Participate in Drexel Celebration
What: Drexel University Online will celebrate the first National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), Nov. 12 to 16, with an awards ceremony that will feature Philadelphia Mayor-elect Michael Nutter.

Nutter’s keynote address will focus on online learning. Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman, chairman of this year’s NDLW committee and director of academic affairs for Drexel Online, will explain how and why online learning has grown so rapidly and what’s in store for it.

At the ceremony, Steven G. Hart, president of the United States Distance Learning Association’s chapter that serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, will receive an award for his contributions in promoting online learning. Nine Drexel faculty members will also receive awards for their work as outstanding online instructors.

Visuals: • Arthur Zamkoff, president and CEO of Drexel Online, presenting clocks with engraved gold plates to Hart and faculty members • Nutter and Hartman delivering their addresses and congratulating award recipients • Additional addresses by Dr. Stephen W. Director, Drexel provost, and Arthur Zamkoff, president of Drexel Online • Backdrop behind a podium with the logos of NDLW and Drexel Online

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Where: Drexel’s Paul Peck Alumni Center, 32nd and Market streets

Background: More than 2.5 million college are enrolled in online courses, and almost 1 million K-12 students take Web-based courses. Online learners enjoy 24-7 communication with professors and classmates, can earn degrees entirely online and benefit from the convenience of completing coursework anytime, anyplace.


News media contact: Brian Rossiter, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or

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