Pearson Announces Cite 2012 Award Recipients

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Awards Honor Higher Ed Tech Leaders for Excellence in Online Learning


Two instructors at Palm Beach Atlantic University and National University are the 2012 recipients of the Pearson Cite Awards of Excellence. The awards honor outstanding accomplishments in online higher education using the Pearson LearningStudio platform. As part of efforts to encourage and support innovations that drive student success, Pearson is donating $1,000 to the scholarship fund of the winner’s choice.

The awards are divided into two categories: Excellence in Online Administration and Excellence in Online Teaching.

The Cite 2012 Excellence in Online Administration Award recipient is Pat Bassett, an online math instructor and director of online learning at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU). Ms. Bassett was selected for her work to increase access to online learning at PBAU, where offerings have grown from just 10 courses in 2002 to 60 today. PBAU’s online bachelor’s degree program is ranked 8th in the nation for quality of student engagement and assessment, according to U.S. News & World Report’s first ranking of online programs. Ms. Bassett has chosen the Online Ministry Scholarship at Palm Beach Atlantic University to receive her Pearson award.

The Cite 2012 Excellence in Online Teaching Award recipient is Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, an online instructor in professional studies at National University. Dr. Goldberg was chosen for his efforts to improve the university’s online program. Under Dr. Goldberg’s leadership, nearly 220 faculty have been trained on how to use the platform’s communications features to encourage student collaboration in an online environment. Today, 98 percent of courses use this communication tool. Dr. Goldberg has selected the National University Endowment Scholarship Fund to receive his Pearson award.

“Online learning has created new and unprecedented opportunities for students to pursue a college education,” said Matt Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege. “This year’s Cite award winners are excellent examples of how technology can be leveraged in new and exciting ways to expand access to learning. We are honored to partner with these ed tech leaders and congratulate them on their success.”

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