Exemplary online course instructors awarded

Posted on: December 07, 2012

For the 2011-12 school year, 16 College of the Mainland instructors, four times as many as last year, have earned exemplary ratings for their online courses. Exemplary is the highest rating a course can achieve in COM’s Online Course Review process.    
“Teachers are embracing the review process and understanding the benefit students receive from having a well designed course,” said COM Distance Education director Janet Wortman. “We want to continually improve the COM online learning environment.”
The online course review process evaluates multiple criteria including course organization and design, use of additional technology and learner support.

COM recognized instructors Robert Castro in Child Development and Education, Kay Frieze in Health Information Management, Danny McLerran in Public Service Careers, Kirk McVey Science and Math, Stacey Burleson in Humanities, Paul Boyd in the Fine Arts Department, Faith Alexander in Business and Computer Technologies, Kevin Bryant in Business and Computer Technologies, Crystal Collins in Physical Education, LaWanda Franks in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Susan Plasek in Child Development/Education, Steve Sewell in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sheila Wall in Business and Computer Technologies, Melvin Williams in Business and Computer Technologies, Candi Hollier in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Gary Wilson in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The recognition program is part of National Distance Learning Week, which is sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association and seeks to celebrate the tremendous growth and accomplishments of distance learning programs. According to its website, more than 3.5 million U.S. college students are currently taking online courses.

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