Capella is named as Finalist for 2011 Tekne Award

September 28, 2011

In recognition of last year’s innovations, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) announced that Capella is a finalist for an EduTech Tekne Award for its Riverbend City simulation. The EduTech Award recognizes the development of technologies and innovations that enhance teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom.

Forty-two finalists were named in fourteen categories recognizing the best and brightest in innovation, development, commercialization and management of technology in Minnesota. The 12th Annual Tekne Awards, which will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011, honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world. The program reinforces Minnesota’s place as one of the most competitive and technologically advanced regions in the world.

The Riverbend City simulations were created for the vision of the School of Public Service Leadership to provide a multidisciplinary experience in an online, asynchronous learning environment. The simulations are scenario-based and follow the events of a natural disaster in the fictional community of Riverbend City. The sim creates a learning experience that challenges learners to think about how different disciplines need to interact to, plan for, and respond to a disaster. The goal is to empower learners to envision their ability to collaborate and lead when working with multiple disciplines, so they have the tools to put this into action when in a real-life situation.

Congratulations the Riverbend City Simulation Team for their hard-work to have Capella named a finalist. I had a chance to speak with Jesse Rosel, Manager of Course Media, and he added, “This is a great honor for Capella as an educational technology leader. Being a finalist is motivating for us to keep pushing and continue to innovate. This project has been something we’ve been working on for a few years and it’s a great feeling to be recognized for it.”

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