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June 10, 2013

Framingham State has embraced online learning for more than a decade, and several members of the University’s faculty and staff have been recognized for innovation in the field. Recently, Geography Professor David Merwin and Nursing Professor Susan Conrad were recognized for online courses they helped develop at the 9th Annual Massachusetts Conference on eLearning.

Dr. Merwin and Dr. Conrad each received “Course of Distinction” awards from Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO), which recognize faculty who develop and teach innovative online and blended courses that are representative of the best uses of eLearning instructional tools.

Dr. Merwin was honored for his online course, Georgraphy of the United States & Canada, which teaches students the vital role geography plays in understanding how cultural, economic, and environmental conditions vary throughout North America within a regional context. The course adopts creative approaches to using Blackboard tools and collaboration methods.

Dr. Conrad was honored for her blended course, Professional Nursing Perspective, which provides students with an overview of the Nursing Department’s philosophy, conceptual framework, and objectives. Professor Conrad was recognized for her excellent orchestration of both face-to-face and online meetings.

Faculty at Framingham State receive tremendous support from the University’s Educational Technology Office (ETO). Director of Educational Technology and Support Robin Robinson chaired the MCO Conference in June, while ETO staff members Clair Waterbury, Silka Hermeling and Stacy Cohen all made presentations.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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