Online Programs News and Events

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Recent News & Events

BU Distance Education Support Specialist Awarded for “Outstanding” Work

June 1st, 2020

Shelby Harvey - BU Distance Education Support Specialist Awarded for Outstanding Work

Shelby Harvey, lead faculty and student support specialist at BU MET’s Office of Distance Education, was named a winner at the 2020 UPCEA New England Regional Awards. The recognition, Outstanding Continuing Education Support Specialist Award—Staff in a Support Role, comes from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), a body of leaders in the field.

Ms. Harvey specializes in providing the increasing number of students turning to online-based higher education with the guidance and assistance needed to be successful in their studies.

Learn more about the 2020 UPCEA New England Regional Awards.

MET’s New Online Crime Analysis Programs Harness the Potential of Data

October 1st, 2019

MET’s New Online Crime Analysis Programs Harness the Potential of Data
One of the more extraordinary aspects of modern law enforcement is the growing ability to illuminate patterns and map hotspots of criminal activity using the massive amounts of data generated by a host of evolving technologies—surveillance cameras, mobile devices, social media, email and texts, wearable tech, sensors, and many other sources. As more agencies establish in-house crime analysis units, and as more managers and police units are required to understand data-driven, evidence-based approaches, there are abundant opportunities to make a difference.

With this need in mind, Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) has introduced the Master of Science in Criminal Justice concentration in Crime Analysis and Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis. Available 100% online and taught by MET’s criminal justice faculty—who offer substantial experience in law enforcement, corrections, cybercrime investigation and digital forensics, research and policy, forensic mental health, the judicial system, strategic management, and many other areas—the crime analysis curriculum develops the ability to use and analyze a variety of data sources to inform investigations, strategies, and policy decisions within your criminal justice organization. Once tapped, this wealth of information has the potential to guide a department’s tactical approaches, operational procedures, and strategic planning, while providing ample resources for research and policy development related to criminology and the criminal justice system.

If you have questions, or you’re looking for information about admission and tuition, please contact our graduate admissions advisors at 617-353-9185 or

BU Online Courses Recognized with Two Blackboard Awards

October 16th, 2018

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!

MET Instructional Designer Wins Online Learning Consortium Effective Practices Award

October 16th, 2018

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.

MyMedia Available to BU Students, Faculty, and Staff

February 26th, 2018

Did you know that all BU students, faculty, and staff have access to MyMedia powered by Kaltura? Similar to YouTube, but private to the BU community, this cloud based video streaming service offers a great way to capture and share media. With MyMedia you get access to:

  • Unlimited video storage space
  • Easy to use presentation and recording tools
  • Upload and share videos in your Blackboard course or via the MyMedia portal

For more information visit the BU TechWeb website.

Online Health Communication Class Nabs Innovative Teaching & Learning Award

July 11th, 2017

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 here.

Peer Mentoring Panel Connects Student Community

June 30th, 2017

Our Peer Mentoring Panels are held before each semester and are designed to connect our growing student body. In the panels, new students are encouraged to ask returning students about their experiences in online education. They receive excellent tips and suggestions on how to succeed in their classes and how to engage with their instructors, peers, and academic community. Our panelists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and degree programs, offering our new students valuable insight into what it takes to achieve.