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AACC Professor Top National and State Online Educator

March 31, 2011

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            Joan B. Doolittle, professor of psychology at Anne Arundel Community College, was named a top national and state online educator in separate award ceremonies recently. In addition, the college received top state awards for a workforce development program and the design of an online course, solidifying the industry’s high regard for AACC’s online programs.

            Doolittle received an e-Learning Faculty Award from the national Instructional Technology Council and the Higher Learning Distance Educator of the Year award from the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA). Both cited her ability to design courses that meet national distance learning and online learning criteria as well as encourage students to interact with the instructor and fellow classmates in the online courses.

            An instructor at AACC since 1970, Doolittle’s department chairs and fellow instructors say her creativity is a model for others, using different tools to appeal to auditory, visual and tactile styles of learning. In one course, she developed crossword puzzles, invented a baseball game for personality disorders, created memory tasks and challenged students to redesign the brain. In most cases, she uses streaming video, Elluminate and Skype to bring a personal dimension to her courses and created an avatar and entered Second Life to communicate with students who prefer working in virtual worlds. In addition, she is willing to share her techniques with colleagues.

AACC and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) received the 2011 MDLA Program of the Year, the top honor in its workforce development category, for the design of Bowling University’s Online Training and Management Certification program. The award credits the BPAA-AACC partnership for creating a program to help bowling proprietors around the world apply cutting edge technology to enhance the profitability of their centers.

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