MEMBERSHIP

Benefits: Individual, Institutional, Corporate 


ACCESS is a member-driven association and as such we rely on the active support of those who have been part of our forty-two year history as well as invite new members to be part of our future. 


Individual Membership

Individual Membership is for those who may be part of an institution, organization, or group that is not currently part of ACCESS. These individuals are able to join in the ACCESS community and participate fully in association activities. Membership benefits include complete access to our ‘members only’ web page, conference discounts, eligibility for course development awards and much more. Being part of a community helps one stay current on the research, technology trends, and membership developments. We strongly recommend the individual membership package to students who are interested in engaging with professionals in the field of Christian distance education.

Annual dues: $75

Membership privileges:

  • Individual members are entitled to one vote during the Annual Conference business meeting. That individual must be present to vote.
  • Eligibility for early-bird discounts to conferences and workshops
  • Invitation to publish and to facilitate Annual Conference workshops
  • Participation in the association’s listserv
  • Access to Annual Conference materials
  • Free webinars
  • Eligible for Course of the Year Award
  • Nominating privileges for the Executive Committee
  • Participation in ACCESS-sponsored Certificate or Training Programs
  • Discounts on journals and other publications (QRDE, DE, Baker’s Guide)
  • Invitation to special conferences
  • Membership Directory
  • Advertising institutional /organizational programs, certificates, and/or degree programs (via listserv)
  • Networking (website, e-newsletters, listserv)

 


Institutional Membership

Institutional Membership is for institutions or organizations that want to be part of the leading association of Christian distance education. Membership benefits apply to the entire organization. Participation in the ACCESS community provides members the opportunity to network with like-minded institutions, offer essential resources to faculty, staff, administration, and students, and create awareness of the member institution to others.

Annual dues: $150

Membership privileges:

  • Institutional members are entitled to three votes during the Annual Conference business meeting. Each member of the institution must be present to vote.
  • Access to membership benefits by the entire institution or organization
  • Eligibility for institution-wide early-bird discounts to conferences and workshops
  • Opportunity to co-host Annual Conference
  • Invitation for institution/ organization-wide to facilitate conference workshops
  • Access to the Quality Scorecard for evaluating your online programs
  • Participation in the association’s listserv
  • Institution-wide access to Annual Conference materials
  • Free webinars
  • Eligible for Course of the Year Award
  • Permission to display ACCESS member logo on institutional, personal, and social networks pages
  • Participation in ACCESS-sponsored Certificate or Training Programs
  • Discounts on journals and other publications (QRDE, DE, Baker’s Guide)
  • Invitation to special conferences
  • Membership Directory
  • Advertising institutional /organizational programs, certificates, and/or degree programs (via listserv)
  • Networking (website, e-newsletters, listserv)
  • Institutional Members directory

 

Corporate Membership

Corporate Membership is for corporations, groups, or companies who want an opportunity to partner with ACCESS members in a way that is mutually beneficial. There are three sponsorship categories, Premium, Standard, and Basic. Benefits depend in part on the sponsorship level. Sponsorships are renewed annually. 


Premium Sponsorships

Cost: $1,000

This sponsor package includes:

  • Your company logo placement on the ACCESS website
  • Listing on the ACCESS website as a corporate sponsor
  • Advertisement in promotional materials
  • Email address list for ACCESS membership
  • One (1) full non-member, regular Annual Conference registration
  • Email address list for Annual Conference or webinar attendees
  • Participation as a facilitator for workshops at the Annual Conference
  • Product or literature placement in Annual Conference registration packets
  • A display banner (provided by you) during the Annual Conference
  • An opportunity to host a luncheon* presentation to the conference attendees.
  • Opportunities to host webinars

*Sponsors should make arrangements with meal provider regarding costs and set-up 


Standard Sponsorship

Cost: $850

This Sponsorship Package includes:

  • Your company logo placement on the ACCESS website
  • Listing on the ACCESS website as a corporate sponsor
  • Advertisement in promotional materials
  • Email address list for ACCESS membership
  • Email address list for Annual Conference or webinar attendees
  • Product or literature placement in Annual Conference registration packets
  • A display banner (provided by you) during the Annual Conference
  • An opportunity to host a breakout snack table* for the conference attendees.
  • Opportunities to host webinars

*Sponsors should make arrangements with food/beverage provider regarding costs and set-up 


Basic Sponsorship

Cost: $500

This Sponsorship Package includes:

  • Your company logo placement on the ACCESS website
  • Listing on the ACCESS website as a corporate sponsor
  • Email address list for Annual Conference attendees
  • Advertisement in promotional materials
  • Product or literature placement in registration packets
  • A display banner during the Annual Conference

Course of the Year (COTY)

The Course-of-the-Year Awards are peer-reviewed assessments which award outstanding new courses developed over the past year by member organizations.  Judging is based on instructional design, media/materials development, and learner support. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Any ACCESS member or member institution who has produced a course in the last 12 months may submit an entry. Members may submit more than one course. 

Courses may be submitted in three categories.For more information about judging criteria, please click on each category header.

  • Independent-courses that deliver materials, usually by mail or electronic means, to learners separated from the instructor and in which interaction is typically limited and initiated by the learner, while the course is self-paced.
  • Online-courses that are delivered via Internet-mediated technologies to interact with course participants and instructor and access course materials. This category includes courses delivered at a distance but which may not necessarily use Internet-mediated components. Courses delivered at a distance may use computer-mediated technology.
  • Hybrid-courses are those that blend face-to-face classroom teaching and learning with online technologies in order to provide students with more opportunities for learning, spiritual formation through community building, and deeper insight and reflection.

 Please inquire if it is not clear which category best fits your course. Note that graduate credit, undergraduate credit, and non-credit courses can be entered in each category.

 

Winners will receive recognition at the Annual Conferenceby way of a commemorative plaque and cash award. Past winners have included acknowledgement of their awards in advertisements and institutional publications.

Complete an onlineregistration formand submit a $100 per-entry payment. Registration and entry fee must be submitted Conference materials.

All information for the course (online access, materials, course content) should be provided at the time of registration. Hard-copy materials will not be accepted.

 

All courses are evaluated by an ACCESS-member peer. Judges are selected by the Executive Committee from among member institutions. Qualifications for judging include previous COTY award winners, expertise in online course development, and experience with distance education delivery.Some of the benefits of peer-judging include detailed written evaluations and recommendations for improvement. Peer-reviewed comments provide an objective and outside perspective.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Course of the Year process, please contact Mary Lowe.

 

How many courses entered?

Send links to all your courses or relevant materials to accessedonline@gmail.com


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