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Faculty Member Wins National Honors

April 9, 2010

      An Anne Arundel Community College faculty member has won the Instructional Technology Council’s 2010 Award for Outstanding eLearning Faculty.

      A panel of judges selected Sandra L. King of Annapolis, associate professor of English and communications, for implementing outstanding and innovative teaching and class management strategies, for demonstrated course success and excellent student retention. She was one of three U.S. faculty who won in her category, which was one of eight categories in the 2010 Awards for Excellence in eLearning.

      King coordinates the AACC Academy of Excellence for faculty who teach online and hybrid (a combination of online and in-class learning) courses. She oversees the peer-mentoring program for first-time online/hybrid faculty and coordinates the AACC Quality Matters program. She is a QM master reviewer, conducts QM training and one of her courses in 2009 met the challenging QM standards.

      Student success is a top priority for King, who joined AACC in 2001. She has a librarian help students with research, uses student support systems to ensure academic success and communicates in detail her academic expectations and grading practices. She builds group activities, group discussions and reflective learning blogs into all of her courses.

      Active in professional organizations, her memberships include the Maryland Distance Learning Association, National Communication Association and Maryland Communication Association.

      Founded in 1977, the Instructional Technology Council is based in Washington, D.C. with member institutions located in the United States, Canada, Ireland and Saudi Arabia.