New Director of Distance Learning Announced

(Venice, Fla., Feb. 7, 2007) - Nancy Edwards, formerly interim director of faculty and course development at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), has been named the director of instructional technology and distance learning at Manatee Community College (MCC). Edwards has a diversity of experience that includes holding director's positions at two different area hospitals and being a teacher and a nurse.

At FGCU, Edwards took on several challenges. In her most recent role, she assisted faculty in course design and implementation of online course delivery; implemented and administered a new course delivery system; coordinated faculty development seminars; and developed online courses to prepare new faculty and adjuncts for teaching in the online environment. She also has served as the university's representative on the Florida Distance Learning Consortium and Southern Regional Educational Board. In October 2001, Edwards won an award for Best Pedagogy Paper from the International Association for Computer Information Systems at the association's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 "Nancy has unique abilities. She has teaching skills and a strong record of faculty development in addition to her knowledge of distance learning," said Dr. John Rosen, vice president of academic affairs at MCC.

Edwards has a master's degree in health education from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in leadership and education from Barry University, Miami. She is a resident of North Port.

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