Patricia James, Belinda Heiden-Scott, Micah Orloff, Anna Stirling receive the CCC Chancellor’s Office Technology Award
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office awarded its annual Technology Awards for exemplary technology practices on 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, accepted the award.
The four also made 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 provided a glimpse of the work MSJC did that resulted in earning the Technology Award:
Twelve years ago, MSJC embarked on a path to fully maximize the use of emerging technologies across the college, both in instruction of courses and in administrative processes. 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.