UMass Lowell Online Course Wins Prestigious Blackboard Catalyst Award!

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"Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Among Students"

(crs# 04.576-031) was recently recognized by Blackboard, Inc. as a 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award Winner for Exemplary CBlackboard Catalyst Award Winnerourse. Developed by adjunct faculty member Carolyn Siccama for UMass Lowell's School of Education, this course has been lauded for its exemplary use of best practices in encouraging interaction and collaboration within the online course environment.

Left: Carolyn Siccama, UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty Member and Developer of "Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Among Students"


UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty Member Carolyn Siccama accepting the Blackboard Catalyst Award for her online course "Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Among Students" at BBWorld 2014, July 15-17 in Las Vegas.

Blackboard Award Group Pictured left to right:

  • Maurice Heiblum – Senior Vice President, Blackboard Higher Education
  • Katie Blot – Senior Vice President, Blackboard Education Services
  • Mark Belles – Senior Vice President, Blackboard K-12
  • Carolyn Siccama
  • Jay Bhatt – Blackboard CEO
  • Mark Strassman – Senior Vice President, Blackboard Product Management

Additional Recognition for UMass Lowell's Online Programs:

Affordable Colleges Online Get Educated Logo Top Online Shools Award Online Learning Consortium Award
One of the Best Public
Online Colleges in the
Online C.J., IT and MBA
Online Master's Degree in
Criminal Justice
Winner of Several Online Learning Consortium
Awards for Excellence in
Online Education

"UMass Lowell is dedicated to providing high-quality online programs and instruction to our students. For nearly twenty years, the University has been offering online courses and degrees to students all over the world with the same level of academic rigor demonstrated in our on-campus programs. This honor that UMass Lowell has received from Blackboard is one example of our faculty's commitment to providing highly-interactive educational experiences to our students nationally and internationally."

Catherine A. Kendrick, Senior Executive Director, Market Development & Online Programs