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Monday, August 7, 2017

Parents Forever™ Team Receives Innovation Award

Last Thursday at the 2017 Minnesota eLearning Summit, the Parents Forever™ team was honored with Excellence Award for Innovation.

L to R: Tony Leisen, academic technologist — Academic Technology Support Services, University of Minnesota;
Ellie McCann, Kate Welshons, Sharon Powell, Dung Mao — University of Minnesota Extension;
Karen LaPlant, retired — Hennepin Technical College

The Minnesota eLearning Summit Excellence Award for Innovation is given to organizations or individuals who demonstrate exceptionally creative methods or technologies to address important student needs. In the case of Parents Forever™, the students are parents undergoing divorce, separation, or custody change. The need is evidence-based education about taking care of oneself, taking care of one’s children, and being successful with coparenting.

In 2011, the Supreme Court of Minnesota asked the Parents Forever™ team to create an online version of the curriculum. This version was launched in 2012. Since 2012, the online version of Parents Forever™ has become increasingly popular, with approximately 1,500 users taking the course in 2013 and more than 3,000 users taking it to date. The team uses a continual improvement process to create opportunities for different types of learners and to provide experiential learning experiences. At present, the online version has written text, engaging imagery, diagrams to help explain concepts, videos of instructors, and quizzes to check retention of material covered.

Parents Forever™ has been a vital parent education program for Minnesota parents since 1994. In 2016, the Parents Forever™ online course reached more than 1,600 parents in Minnesota and beyond.  To learn more about this program's recent accomplishments, please read the recent blog post Parents Forever™: 2016 in Review.

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