MSJC Employees Win State Wide Technology Award

Four Mt. San Jacinto College representatives will accept a state wide award on March 18 for the college’s technology practices.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will award its annual Technology Awards for exemplary technology practices during a ceremony scheduled for March 18, 2012 at the Hilton Doubletree in Ontario. MSJC’s Patricia James, Dean of Instruction, Library and Technology & Distance Education; Belinda Heiden-Scott, Associate Professor, Office Technology, Business Education Department, Distance Education Coordinator; Micah Orloff, Educational Project Coordinator; and Anna Stirling, Academy Coordinator, will be present to accept the award.

The four will also make a presentation the following day during a conference of the California Community Colleges Chief Information Services Officers' Association at the Hilton. The presentation’s theme provides a glimpse of the work MSJC did that resulted in earning the Technology Award.

Today there are over 150 faculty teaching approximately 400 online and hybrid course sections per semester, 300 participants in the Academy, every course section (face-to-face, hybrid and online) has a Blackboard course shell available, and all of the classrooms either have installed “smart” capability or access to mobile units. The MSJC model has been commended in recent accreditation reports and, over the years, adopted by other colleges. The key to its success is the low cost, peer presenters, collaborative funding efforts and consistency. The outcome of implementing the Academy has been to increase the technical knowledge of the college’s faculty, staff and administration, and it has produced a return on investment with the efficiency of college purchased software.

For more information, please visit the TechEdge website here or call Patricia James at 951 639 5440.


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