BCC instructors honored for ‘eLearning'


PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Com munity College was recently recognized as an eLearning exemplar at the 10th annual Massa chusetts Colleges Online (MCO) eLearning Conference held earlier this summer 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.

Conference Chair Vin Ialenti of Mount Wachusett Community Col lege said the awards "recognize the contribution that MCO's members and eLearning is making to Massa chusetts 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.

Though Panczner was unable to attend, Digenti was invited to present her course as part of the June 4 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.

Learn more about BCC at http://berkshirecc.edu. Learn more about MCO at mco.mass.edu.


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