VVMF's Distance Learning Program Receives CILC Pinnacle Award Second Year in a Row

Pictured: Jason Bain, VVMF’s Senior Collections Curator, shows students some of the items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of VVMF's distance learning program.


August 6, 2018


Washington, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce that it has received the CILC Pinnacle Award for the second year in a row for its distance learning program about items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  The Pinnacle Award is given annually, by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators and activity directors.

CILC is recognized nationally and internationally as the leader in live, interactive content aggregation, consulting, and support services.

 “Each year, the honor roll of Pinnacle Award winners grows longer. This year we are recognizing 69 organizations for exemplary interactive programming. We at CILC are so proud of how our content provider partners consistently impact the lives of students and lifelong learners across the globe. Congratulations, all!” said Janet Zanetis, CILC Managing Director.

The VVMF-led distance learning program involves classrooms and facilities connecting live via the Internet with Jason Bain, VVMF’s Senior Collections Curator, working from the National Park Service Museum Resource Center in Hyattsville, Md.  Mr. Bain shows students some of the hundreds of thousands of items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  He leads discussions about why those items may have been important for someone to leave at The Wall.  One of the most poignant items is a care package sent to a young soldier, which was returned to his family stamped K.I.A., standing for “killed in action.”  The soldier never received the care package, and it was left at The Wall by a family friend, still unopened.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Jason Bain, who received nearly perfect feedback and review scores to earn this award,” said Jim Knotts, president and chief executive officer of the VVMF.  “For nearly 35 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has collected and archived the hundreds of thousands of items left at The Wall.  Three years ago, NPS agreed to allow us to put photos and records of nearly 3,000 of those items on our web site (http://www.vvmf.org/items). And two years ago we began introducing students to this special collection through distance learning.”

“As a result,” continued Knotts, “thousands of students have been able to understand more about the Vietnam war, to get a sense of the impact for families and friends of the 58,000 service members who died, and learn that we should always honor our warriors regardless of our feelings about a war.”

“This is a great example of using technology to educate current and future generations about the Vietnam War and those who fought it,” said Knotts.  “While we continue our efforts to build a permanent place on the National Mall to display thousands of these items, we recognize that students today and in the future will learn through technology, getting past the barriers of time and distance.  Students can learn while in Washington, D.C., or through the wonders of technology.  I foresee a time in the near future when students who visit The Wall will be able to point their phones at a name and see pictures, read remembrances left by family and friends, or learn about items left at The Wall.  This will make their experience at The Wall more personal, their understanding will be deeper, and hopefully their appreciation for military service and sacrifice will remain strong.”

About CILC

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), established in 1994, specializes in the access to applications and the utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for lifelong learning. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration, problem-based learning projects, and effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs. Visit www.cilc.org to explore the various providers of content and diversity of programs and trainings available.  CILC serves as a program to the South Central Service Cooperative, an Education Service Agency with its headquarters in southern Minnesota.

More Information: https://www.cilc.org/Resources/News/CILC-Pinnacle-Awards-Recipients-Announced.aspx

About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era.

VVMF is in the fundraising stages to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's armed forces today. Time Warner is the Lead Gift Benefactor in the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. To learn more about VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.


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