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MET Instructional Designer Wins Online Learning Consortium Effective Practices Award

August 14th, 2018 in Distance Education, MET News.

Fawn Thompson accepts award at OLC Innovate Conference

Metropolitan College Senior Instructional Designer Fawn Thompson received an Effective Practices Award from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional online learning collaborative devoted the advancement of high-quality, innovative digital educational experiences.

The award recognized Ms. Thompson’s peer review method to course design approaches, an initiative that was adopted by the entire instructional design team in MET’s Office of Distance Education. The method provides MET’s instructional design professionals with an opportunity to meet challenges, improve accessibility, promote collaboration, and expand expertise in online course design.

Ms. Thompson accepted her award at the OLC Innovate Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Read more about the award here.

 

BU Online Courses Recognized with Two Blackboard Awards

August 14th, 2018 in Distance Education, MET News.

J-Jay Araullo accepts Blackboard's Exemplary Course Award
The developers and faculty of two Boston University online courses were honored with Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Award. Blackboard’s learning management system is the standard in digital learning, and recipients of the Exemplary Course Award are recognized for developing courses that are outstanding in their ability to engage through innovation in technology and learning.

For the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Summer Term course First-Semester Chinese (CAS LC 111), recognition goes to MET Instructional Designer J-Jay Araullo, CAS Senior Lecturer in Chinese Amber Navarre (last year’s recipient of the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology), CAS Lecturer of Chinese Liling Huang, MET Senior Media Producer Ed Wozniak, and Media Producer Summer Garrard.

For the Metropolitan College course Financial Concepts (MET AD 632), MET Associate Director of Instructional Design Dan Hillman collaborated with MET Lecturer and Signal Hill Capital Managing Director Ira D. Cohen, Associate Professor Irena Vodenska, Lecturer William McGue, Assistant Professor Ivan Julio, and Educational Technology Engineer Andrew Abrahamson and the Educational Technology & Innovations team to transform the existing course into its current, award-winning form.

Dr. Araullo and Dr. Hillman accepted the awards at the BbWorld 2018 conference in Orlando, where Dr. Hillman and Mr. Abrahamson also presented “Adapt Learn Automatically with Template Variables.”

Congratulations to all!

More Segregation Leads to Greater Likelihood of Gun Death for Racial Minorities, MET Prof’s Study Finds

August 9th, 2018 in Criminal Justice, MET News, Shea Cronin.

crime scene

MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin has co-authored a study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association that finds a correlating link between racial segregation in housing and gun-violence homicide rates. The School of Public Health-led research—which controlled for such factors as economic standing, education, and employment status—used a metric that scores neighborhood integration on a 100-point scale and concluded that “[f]or every 10-point increase in the index of dissimilarity, the …ratio of black to white firearm homicide fatality rates increased by 39 percent.”

Read more here.

MET’s Top Gastronome Offers Muffin Primer

August 1st, 2018 in Gastronomy, MET News.

Muffins

As director of Metropolitan College’s unique Gastronomy master’s degree program, Associate Professor of the Practice Megan Elias is a trusted expert on the convergence of food, culture, and history. So when a Thrillist reporter wanted to investigate how muffins became a breakfast staple, Elias was called in for her qualified insight.

“Muffins were originally a small, yeast-risen breadstuff, pretty common in English homes,” Elias said, noting that the pastry’s predecessor, called “gems,” rose in popularity in the early part of the 19th century. Muffins as we think of them today became prominent in the 1970s, Elias explained, as a byproduct of broader social progress. “As more middle class women entered the paid workforce, there were fewer people at home to prepare and clean up a full breakfast in the morning, so the concept of ‘grab and go’ entered middle class culture,” she shared.

Read more about muffins’ place at the breakfast table in Thrillist.

New Culinary Arts Award Honors Program’s Founder

July 27th, 2018 in Culinary Arts, Gastronomy, MET News, Rebecca Alssid.

Rebecca Alssid

A generous gift from Mary Ann Esposito and the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation means a new scholarship has been cooked up for students of the culinary arts at Boston University.

Named for the dedicated cofounder and longtime administrator of BU’s Culinary Arts and Gastronomy programs, the Rebecca Alssid Award honors Ms. Alssid’s legacy of leadership in the appreciation of food and food culture.

To qualify for the award, candidates, who must have completed the Culinary Arts Certificate Program, study key regions of Italy to assess their notable delicacies. They then are asked to submit a 10-page scholarly work dedicated to the history, agriculture, traditions, and recipes of their chosen Italian region. In addition, they are to develop and present a four-course meal representing their findings, paired with wine. The winner, or winners, will be decided by the Programs in Food & Wine director in consultation with the award committee. As victors, they will receive a certificate and an award of up to $1,000.

It is sponsored by the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation, which supports culinary scholarships in programs that provide students with a rich and grounded understanding of food history, culture, and function.