BCCC Online Program Manager Edith Sorrell named Instructional Designer of the Year

Baltimore City Community College online program manager Edith Sorrell received the Maryland Distance Learning Association’s (MDLA) Instructional Designer of the Year Award at its March 5 statewide awards ceremony, continuing the college’s tradition of leadership in the field.

Distance Learning, in which college-credit courses are delivered online through an interactive forum enabling students to communicate directly with their instructor, submit papers, take tests and collaborate with other members of their class, is a burgeoning mode of education. According to the U.S. Distance Learning Association, “the online component of education continues to show double-digit growth every year since it became available.” The chief reason: convenience.

This year, Sorrell was recognized for her ability to develop online pedagogies for a variety of BCCC course subjects, including English, biology, oceanography, chemistry and psychology.

“I am honored to receive this outstanding statewide accolade from my colleagues,” she said. “My natural instinct for how to design effective instruction in the online setting has been enhanced greatly by my immersion in the BCCC Distance Learning program. It’s amazing how we can impact people via this medium.”

BCCC is a key player in distance learning education throughout the state, having distinguished itself during each of the last seven years, including the Special MDLA Service Recognition Award (Chikao Tsubaki, professor of English, 2008); Distance Educator of the Year (Diana Zilberman, Ph.D., director of distance learning, 2007); Distance Program of the Year (the Sloan Semester at BCCC—an effort quickly organized to help 38 out-of-state students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to complete their fall coursework online—Diana Zilberman, 2006); Distance Educator of the Year (Chikao Tsubaki, 2005); Distance Course of the Year (Food Service Management I, 2004); Distance Program of the Year (Law Enforcement AAS Online Degree Program, 2004); and Distance Course of the Year (Composition Skills II, 2003).

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