Cottage Receives Platinum Distance Learning Award

President Lincoln’s Cottage received the Platinum award for “Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming” from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) for its online version of Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions: Debating Emancipation. This prestigious International Award is presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs.

Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions: Debating Emancipation is an interactive program that puts students in the role of Lincoln’s closest advisors. Using letters and other historical documents students learn how they would advise the President on this controversial issue. This innovative program is currently offered as a school/adult program at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage and, thanks to a grant from the Motorola Foundation, is also available on so that teachers and individuals around the country can use this program in their own classrooms and homes.

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies. “Each year these winners raise the bar and exceed best practice expectations for the industry as a whole and we are truly honored by their contributions to the distance learning industry” said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA.

Link to Debating Emancipation Online: /LCStage/Player.swf

President Lincoln’s Cottage offers other school programs and group tours for field trips year round.

For more information visit:  /education/school-groups/

The Cottage is located on a picturesque hilltop in Northwest Washington, DC, on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, also known as the Soldiers’ Home. President Lincoln spent one quarter of his presidency here and was living here when he drafted the Emancipation proclamation and deliberated issues of the Civil War. Opened to the public for the first time in 2008, the Cottage offers intimate, guided tours providing an in-depth, media-enhanced experience highlighting Lincoln’s ideas and actions through historical images and voices.  The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, adjacent to the Cottage, houses thematic galleries and changing exhibitions providing visitors of all ages opportunities for in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s life and times.

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