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Blue Ridge CTC Instructor Earns Certification to Improve Online Education for Students

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Blue Ridge CTC Instructor Earns Certification to Improve Online Education for Students

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge CTC Associate Professor and Agribusiness Program Coordinator Tiffany Hine is the first faculty member to earn the Quality Matters (QM) Online Teaching Certification. As online learning has expanded over the last year, Quality Matters training continues to be vital as Faculty work to continuously improve a student’s experience in a virtual classroom.

To earn the Quality Matters Online Teaching Certification, Hine completed seven intensive courses related to online instruction. Each course is distinctive and includes practical concepts for instructors to apply within their courses. For Hine, earning this certification was a priority, as the Agribusiness program at Blue Ridge CTC is now available entirely online.

“I made this certification a priority because I knew the positive impact it would have for students,” said Hine. “Now that the Agribusiness program can be completed online, I wanted to ensure students receive the highest quality education in my classroom. For the hands-on skills required to be successful, practical learning still occurs in the field. By enhancing a student’s online learning experience, students are better prepared to experience real-life, day-to-day activities of agriculture.”

While Hine is the first to earn the QM Online Teaching Certification, the College actively promotes professional development training to enhance online learning. Since 2011, 130 faculty members have completed one or more professional development workshops through Quality Matters. Currently, the College has 8 QM Certified Reviewers on staff.

Quality Matters is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. To learn more about Quality Matters, visit www.qualitymatters.org

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is conveniently located on Route 45 West past the Commons Center, at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. For more information on Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, please call 304-260-4380 or visit our website at www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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