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15 TCC FACULTY RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ONLINE COURSES

March 5, 2014 — The Center for eLearning at Tidewater Community College hosted a recent reception for faculty who successfully completed Quality Matters (QM) peer reviews during the 2013 fall semester for the design of their online courses.

Quality Matters is an internationally recognized program to ensure the quality of online courses. More than 750 institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University and the University of Florida, subscribe. TCC has completed more successful online course peer reviews than any other institution of higher learning in Virginia.

Faculty recognized were Matthew Watts, Jennifer Hopkins, Tracy Deans, Elizabeth “Scotty” Buchanan, James Hines, Donald Haley, Stephanie Peebles, Paul English, Gerald “Jerry” Mayhew, William Sherrill, Barbara Blake Gonzalez, Debbie Edson, William Clement, Carole Whitener and Joetta Camp.

Faculty recognized at the Quality Matters reception included (from left) Elizabeth "Scotty" Buchanan, Barbara Blake Gonazles, Jerry Mayhew, Paul English, Carole Whitener, William Clement, Jennifer Hopkins, Joetta Camp and Tracy Deans.
Faculty recognized at the Quality Matters reception included (from left) Elizabeth "Scotty" Buchanan, Barbara Blake Gonazles, Jerry Mayhew, Paul English, Carole Whitener, William Clement, Jennifer Hopkins, Joetta Camp and Tracy Deans.

The QM review program is a process whereby faculty evaluate the design of online courses created by their colleagues.  The goal of a peer review is quality enhancement of online education at TCC. Courses reviewed ranged from law enforcement and business to macroeconomics and introduction to psychology

TCC is a leader among those community colleges embracing quality enhancement for online courses. The college has trained more than 500 instructors to help ensure the highest quality online experience for its students, and has a goal of providing professional development for each of the 347 instructors currently teaching online.

The faculty members were recognized by Daniel DeMarte, vice president for academic affairs, and Virginia Zillges, dean of eLearning.