Boston University Metropolitan College Honored for Excellence in Online Programming

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October 19th, 2005

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(Boston) — The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has acknowledged Boston University Metropolitan College for its excellence in programming for 2005. The award was given for an online higher education program “Food Stuff: A Taste of Biology.” The uniquely designed and interactive program won the USDLA’s bronze award.

The course, part of the College’s executive undergraduate completion degree program online, explored biological principles in the context of food. Professor Sam Hammer filmed all of the course segments in his kitchen, demonstrating with various food products, with a focus on biodiversity, evolution, biochemistry, symbioses, and humans in the biosphere. Students were encouraged to make their own connections about the world of food by learning about biological interactions and relationships.

“We’re very excited about having Boston University online courses recognized for their quality by a national distance education organization,” said Susan Kryczka, director of the Office of Distance Education. “We work closely with the faculty during the instructional design process to be sure that we execute their course vision in this new and exciting environment.

“Sam Hammer’s course was really fun for us to do. We filmed short film clips of Sam in his kitchen at home as he explained the relationships between the food we eat and basic biology. Sam’s personality, expertise, and love for the subject came out through out the course. Student evaluations were excellent for this course.

“We look forward to submitting more courses for awards in the future. We want to establish Boston University as the leader in quality online programs.”

As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs, and individual courses for the student who needs a more creative setting, whether that means part-time study, evening classes, or convenient locations. For more information on Metropolitan College visit

Susan Kryczka, director of the Office of Distance Education at Boston University Metropolitan College
Susan Kryczka, director of the Office of Distance Education at Boston University Metropolitan College

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