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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2016

Professor Receives Award for Distance Learning Innovation

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Jacob Millspaw, continuing lecturer in physics at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), was awarded the 2016 Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Emerging Innovation from Purdue University.

The award committee highlighted Millspaw’s innovative activities, such as students creating their own LED kits. These activities provide online students with a hands-on learning experience even at a distance.

“Dr. Millspaw is a fantastic instructor. He does a wonderful job with his online classes and an amazing job with his face-to-face classes," said Mark F. Masters, chair and professor of physics at IPFW. "He is imaginative and creative in the classroom and the laboratory. Dr. Millspaw is an integral member of the physics department and contributes significantly in all aspects, from research to service to teaching,”

Millspaw was recognized at the Provost’s Faculty Award Convocation Monday, April 25, in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballroom in West Lafayette.

"I was excited to be presented with this award and it reminds me that I am so strongly supported and encouraged by everyone in physics and continuing studies, said Millspaw. "The flexibility I am given to try new and innovative teaching methods here at IPFW is fantastic! I know we are having a positive impact on the distance students."

The demand for online programs has grown tremendously at IPFW in recent years, with 88% of graduates within the last two years completing an online course. During the 2014–15 academic year, IPFW Online had more than 16,000 enrollments and nearly 10,000 students taking online classes.

For more information about online learning at IPFW or to learn more about professors who teach online, visit the IPFW Online website

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