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BCC Instructors Receive Honor for e-Learning

Berkshire Community College (BCC) was recently recognized as an eLearning exemplar at the 10th annual Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) eLearning Conference held last month at Bridgewater State University.

Director of BCC’s Center for Teaching & Learning Dori Digenti’s Humanities/Business course, Digital Culture, and Professor Gregory Panczner’s Computer Information course, C++ Programming, were recognized individually with a MCO Course of Distinction (COD) award named after the Bay State’s unique association with the “Sacred Cod,” and the contributions that the fishing industry made to Massachusetts’ economy in the early years of its history.

According to the conference Chair Vin Ialenti of Mount Wachusett Community College, “The COD name is appropriate and was chosen to recognize the contribution that MCO’s members and eLearning is making to Massachusetts in the 21st Century.”

Digenti’s course was cited for its clear directions, learning objectives and outstanding use of forums and other activities promoting engagement and learning. Panczner’s course was noted to have a strong focus on core skills that immerse students in programming culture in an accessible, concise format that combines the best of online organization and in-class problem solving.

In addition to accepting a symbolic gurgling cod pitcher and certificate at a special luncheon at the conference, Digenti (Panczner was not in attendance) was invited to present his/her courses as part of the conference’s Best Practices Showcase.

Thirty-eight presentations on online and blended learning were presented by MCO members at the conference. This year’s keynote speaker Jay Bhatt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blackboard Inc. spoke to the 250 Conference attendees about the role of online and classroom technology in the future, and its impact on teaching and learning, and the expectations of 21st Century learners.