MET Computer Science and Distance Education Authors Team Up for a Second Book

Hot on the heels of Best Practices for Administering Online Programs (New York: Routledge, 2021), three BU Metropolitan College coauthors have regrouped to produce another book: Winning Online Instruction: A Q&A for Higher Education Faculty (New York: Routledge, 2022) Dr. Dan Hillman, associate director of instructional design for BU MET’s Office of Distance Education; Dr. […]

MET Computer Science and Learning Team Authors New Tome on Best Practices in Online Education

Best Practices for Administering Online Programs, a new book to be published later this month by Routledge Press, is a collaborative effort by BU MET leadership, faculty, and staff that lays out the principles of one of the College’s major strengths: affordable, accessible, and scalable online learning. Digital, distance-based instruction is a highly collaborative field, […]

MET Instructional Designer Wins Online Learning Consortium Effective Practices Award

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 […]

BU Online Courses Recognized with Two Blackboard Awards

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 […]

Online Health Communication Class Wins Innovative Teaching & Learning 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 […]


Online Graduates Empowered by the Journey to Campus

Eric Friedman, director of Boston University’s Office of Distance Education, was quoted in “Online Students, On-Campus Graduates,” an Inside Higher Ed article about online students who attend graduation ceremonies on their college’s campus. For many online students, including those at MET, the events around Commencement offer the first opportunity to meet faculty members and fellow […]

BU’s Student Services Operation Tapped for Online Expertise

Those who pursue their higher education online are particularly reliant on robust student service operations to aid their off-campus learning. In a recent article, U.S. World News & Report spoke with BU Senior Student Services Coordinator Jennifer Sullivan, who stressed how vital it is for web-based students to capitalize on the supportive resources schools like […]

Metropolitan College Wins USDLA Best Practices Award

In conjunction with its 2015 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented Boston University with the Platinum Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming. The award recognized the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science online course Quantitative Methods for Information Systems. Developed by Associate Professor and Chair of […]