The University of the District of Columbia’s Dr. Suzan Harkness was named a winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Staff Development, which honors those members of the community who use Blackboard solutions to create, support and enhance faculty and staff development skills, providing a better organization-wide learning experience.

The Staff Development Award is part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program. Recognized at both the program and individual level, winners are acknowledged for implementing effective and creative ways to support faculty that went beyond a help desk. Several of the highlighted programs shared and created course content for entire program usage, leveraged tools effectively to internally support programs and provided innovative training methods for faculty and staff. UDC was recognized for its robust and effective professional development efforts and attention to high quality standards for online course development.

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.

Dr. Harkness says “this award is a meaningful recognition to the hard work of the staff in the Center for Academic Technology and the faculty dedicated to distance education at the University of the District of Columbia.”

“We applaud the Blackboard Catalyst Award winners and their accomplishments,” said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms for Blackboard.  “Their work represents some of the most innovative thinking in education today, and offers great models for how technology can help shape an improved education experience. We congratulate the award winners for their leadership, creativity and passion that is clearly evident in their work.”

Dr. Harkness, who serves as Assistant Dean in UDC’s Center for Academic Technology, will be honored alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference to be held in July in New Orleans, La.

Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.

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