By Matt Camara
Published on May 25, 2013

FALL RIVER — Several Bristol Community College faculty and technology specialists are in line to receive an award for having one of the best-designed online courses in the nation.

Diana Rice and Connie Messier, professors in the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program, along with online course designers Tahais Real-Martins and Ceit Devitto will share the award. The four worked together to design a course on pediatric occupational therapy for students in the OTA hybrid program, which allows for courses to be taken both online and on campus in New Bedford, a college news release said.

The course was designed to be run on the Blackboard software system, and the award was given by a panel of Blackboard Inc. customers and directors. The judges weighed the course against more than 1,000 nationwide and eventually chose 33 winners, the release said.

Judges cited the course’s intuitive design and ease of use in calling it one of the “best designed” in the nation, the release said.

Rice, Messier, Real-Martins and Devitto will all be honored during Blackboard’s annual user conference this July in Las Vegas.

The OTA hybrid program will graduate its first students this June.

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