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California Baptist University named to prestigious Blackboard MVP program


Designation recognizes expertise in education technology


Friday, December 6th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.


RIVERSIDE – Dr. Torria Bond, Instructional Designer at California Baptist University (CBU) Online & Professional Studies (OPS), was named an inaugural member of the Blackboard MVP Program, which recognizes individuals who have established themselves as thought leaders in educational technology by sharing their expertise in Blackboard platforms.

Blackboard MVPs are users who stand out as an expert in Blackboard technologies, share their expertise with other clients, demonstrate leadership in the education technology community, and actively share feedback with Blackboard. While the MVP program will be peer-nominated in the future, the inaugural class of 12 was selected by Blackboard.

"The recognition of Dr. Torria Bond exemplifies California Baptist University’s commitment to utilizing technology innovatively so that teaching and learning can happen regardless of time and distance," said Dr. Tran Hong, Associate Vice President of Technology at CBU.

"We are proud to recognize Blackboard MVPs for reaching beyond the borders of their institutions and organizations to share their knowledge of and best practices with our products to the larger Blackboard community," said Jay Bhatt, Chief Executive Officer at Blackboard. "This program is incredibly powerful as it provides a platform not only for users to collaborate and learn from each other, but also for our company leaders to hear directly from the people who use our solutions in the field, Advertisement
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every day. Blackboard MVPs are truly helping improve the learning experience and address important challenges in education."

MVPs will have exclusive access to professional development trainings and will be invited to private product briefings and roadmap sessions with Blackboard executives. MVPs will continue to share their expertise by moderating the Ask the Doctors Client Q&A forum and through their own personal blogs, Blackboard blogs, social media, Tweetups, virtual office hours and more.

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.

Dr. Torria Bond is an accomplished educator with expertise in the areas of curriculum and course design for today’s multi-generational adult learning audience. A published writer, researcher, presenter, and award winning course designer, mentors university professors creating engaging online courses. Her understanding of the intersection between learning theories and instructional technologies is expressed regularly on her site at TorriaBond.com. She earned her Ph.D. in Education at Claremont Graduate University and currently serves as an Instructional Designer for the Online and Professional Studies Division of California Baptist University in Riverside, CA.

For more information on the Blackboard MVP program, visit http://www.blackboard.com/sites/mvp/index.html#meet-the-mvps.


 

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