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BU Paralegal Director Lauds Growth of Online Learning

July 13th, 2017 in MET News, Online Paralegal Studies.

Online Paralegal Studies
Joe Spada, academic director of the Boston University Center for Professional Education (CPE) Paralegal Studies Program, has been teaching at BU since 1995. He’s seen the legal and paralegal field evolve over that time, and he believes that the most significant shift of the last five years may be the ascent of online paralegal studies programs like those offered by CPE.

“Probably the biggest change in the area of paralegal education is the emergence of online paralegal education—whether it is for a certificate or continuing legal education, online options are exploding,” Spada said in a recent interview with The Estrine Report.

Read more from Spada’s interview here.

Violent Crime Issue Here to Stay, Says MET Expert

July 13th, 2017 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, MET News, Shea Cronin.

Police line - do not cross
Even when overall crime rates lower, law enforcement faces an uphill battle in combating urban violence, and according to a Metropolitan College authority on the matter, police are unlikely to ever completely eradicate the issue. Dr. Shea Cronin, an assistant professor in Metropolitan College’s Master of Criminal Justice program, recently spoke with the Boston Globe about the challenges facing police.

“I think [police] can always continue to expand on the things that they’re doing to try to prevent crime, but a certain level of crime is a fact of life in most places,” he explained.

Read more in the Boston Globe.

Cybercrime Expert Choi Makes Case for Security Bill at State House

July 11th, 2017 in Alumni News, Criminal Justice, Faculty News, MET News.

Professor Choi testifies on cybercrime bill

Kyung-shick Choi (MET’02) has spent 10 years studying and teaching in the field of cybercrime and cybersecurity. As an authority on the subject, the BU adjunct associate professor and Metropolitan College Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity program coordinator was called to the Massachusetts State House to testify before officials to share his insights regarding pending legislation that aims to update the Commonwealth’s current cybersecurity laws.

Echoing lessons he has imparted on MET students enrolled in both the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Master of Criminal Justice concentration and graduate certificate programs, Professor Choi voiced his support for Bill No. H2814—which seeks to address the rising threat of cybercrime through enhanced criminal penalties, civil remedies, and transparency.

“The criminal justice system has not yet caught up with the rapidly evolving dynamics of current technology and its related issues,” Choi testified, in prepared remarks. “The proposed bill [addresses this] by increasing the level of sanction placed on data breaches.”

Read more about the bill here.

Online Health Communication Class Wins Innovative Teaching & Learning Award

July 11th, 2017 in Faculty News, Featured News Post, Health Communication, MET News, Press Releases.

Online health communication class wins award

A pair of Boston University Distance Education teaching professionals have been recognized for the success of an innovative new course in the Health Communication program by this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Awards.

Instructor Alane Bearder and Senior Instructional Designer Elena Garofoli are the recipients of the 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching & Learning, bestowed for their work on MET HC 762 Visual Communication in the Digital Health Age, the first course to be developed as part of the Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication program. The award is conferred upon those who have positively impacted the educational experience through the adoption of flexible, distance, and online delivery.

“We’re proud to keep Boston University on the vanguard of higher education for professional health communicators with this, and other innovative learning experiences still ahead,” Health Communication Program Director Leigh Curtin-Wilding said of the award.

Read the full Press Release

Professor Kanabar Receives PMI® “Oscar”

June 29th, 2017 in Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News, Project Management, Vijay Kanabar.

Professor Kanabar Receives PMI® “Oscar”

Dr. Vijay Kanabar, associate professor and director of project management programs at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, has received the Project Management Institute’s new Teaching Excellence Award.

The PMI® Teaching Excellence Award recognizes and honors an individual faculty member for outstanding teaching practices in project management; it also commends the recipient for a strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education. “This is the ‘Oscar’ of project management,” asserts Dr. Kanabar’s colleague, Associate Professor Roger D. H. Warburton, academic coordinator for project management programs. The award was presented on June 14, 2017, at the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) conference, which was hosted by MET and attended by guests from more than 35 countries.

A certified Project Management Professional with expertise in business practices and computer science, Professor Kanabar is recognized as an authority on IT project management, electronic commerce, and information security. As director of MET’s long-running Project Management master’s degree and graduate certificate, he has ensured that MET’s project management programs—which also include an IT Project Management master’s concentration and graduate certificate—represent the vanguard of formalized training in the profession.

“Vijay is the first recipient of this new award, and the competitive field of candidates was drawn from all over the world,” says Dr. Warburton. “No one deserves it more than Vijay.”

>>Watch a video of Vijay receiving the PMI® Teaching Excellence Award.