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Saturday, May 12, 2018

ACC Staff Member Named MVP

ACC Staff Member Named MVP

With approximately one-quarter of all Alvin Community College students taking online courses, it’s vital to have highly-qualified and expert staff to administer the software for those classes.

ACC Distance Education director Dena Coots was recently named to the Blackboard Inc. MVP Program for her expertise and efforts to enhance online course technology.

Blackboard is the software platform utilized by ACC for Internet classes.

“I am humbled and overjoyed to be named to the Blackboard MVP Program,” Coots said.

Distance Education is a vital department for any college as more and more students take courses online, said Dr. Cynthia Griffith, ACC Vice President of Instruction.

“The college’s online offerings have increased dramatically over the past several years which is why we are blessed to have a director as experienced as Dena,” she said.

The program consists of faculty members, administrators, educators, and instructional designers who have proven themselves as leaders in the education technology community.

“At Blackboard, we’re fortunate to work with some of the brightest minds in education— our clients,” said Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO and President of Blackboard. “Our user community is doing truly remarkable things to improve teaching and learning. We’re proud to recognize these MVPs who go the extra mile to share their expertise with Blackboard and their peers.”

Members of the Blackboard MVP Program are selected through a competitive application process and possess the following qualifications:

•Knowledgeable: MVPs stand out as experts in either technical aspects or application of Blackboard technologies.

•Engaged: MVPs demonstrate leadership in the community and foster a collaborate community of users by volunteering to present, lead and share readily.

•Accessible: MVPs represent the voice of the community and openly share feedback with Blackboard. They are accessible to help other clients in a timely manner.

•Collaborative: MVPs are committed to answering questions, sharing best practices, knowledge of Blackboard products and their expertise with the educational community. They work with their fellow Blackboard users to improve the application of Blackboard technologies for the benefit of all users and education overall.

Members of the Blackboard MVP Program receive access to professional development trainings and are invited to private product briefings and roadmap sessions with Blackboard executives. They will also share their expertise by answering questions and assisting other users on the Blackboard Community site and through their own personal blogs, Blackboard blogs, social media, virtual office hours and more. 

I am so excited to be able to share and collaborate with industry leaders and other educational professionals about my experiences with distance education and Blackboard,” Coots said. “I hope to bring relevant knowledge back to my ACC family as a result of this effort.”

For more information on the Blackboard MVP Program please visit: For more information about online courses at ACC, visit

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