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The TxDLA award, with an artificial plant in the background. Award reads: TxDLA Texas Digital Learning Association, Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Digital Learning by an Organization, presented to Master of Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University, March 2023.
The unique approach of programs offered in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution cater to working professionals in the distribution industry, offering flexibility and impactful coursework that can be applied immediately in the workplace. | Image: Courtesy of Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam.
The Master of Industrial Distribution (MID) program in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution received the 2023 TxDLA Award for Innovation in Digital Learning.
The Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) is the primary membership organization for digital learning professionals in Texas, encompassing educators, administrators, instructional designers and corporate trainers from public and private institutions. TxDLA includes digital learning equipment and content providers. With a focus on staying current with innovative digital learning programs and products, TxDLA offers its members professional development opportunities and resources.

"Success did not happen overnight. Your (MID's) contribution to digital learning has improved the field and deserves this award,” said Francisco Garcia, chair of the TxDLA Awards Committee and director of the Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The MID program offers a unique approach to digital learning by providing customized education to professionals in the distribution industry. The program not only gives students the flexibility to manage their busy schedules but also provides personalized support to ensure their success.

The students have provided feedback stating their appreciation of the program's flexibility, which allows them to make strategic moves and decisions within their companies. Students in the MID program can network during the annual residency week held at Texas A&M's campus in College Station, Texas.

The program has proven its effectiveness, with students receiving promotions by using the skills and knowledge they attain in the program.

Kourtney Gruner, who was instrumental in putting together MID's nomination packet, said, "The 2023 TxDLA Award for Innovation in Digital Learning validates the quality of both the program and its online aspect, setting it apart from other programs."

The award gives MID an advantage for prospective students in a competitive recruitment atmosphere. The program continues to impact the distribution field and leverages its research within its courses. The coursework is designed to apply to the workplace and enable students to make an impact immediately.

Going forward, the program will focus on adapting to the market and equipping students to navigate an uncertain economy.
Schedule a one-on-one meeting to learn more about the MID program at Texas A&M University.