Grant upgrades Blue Mountain technology

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Blue Mountain College is beefing up the technology students will have at their disposal this fall.
Thanks to a matching grant of $98,427 from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the school is expanding its online and distance learning capabilities.
Along with $42,000 in matching funds from the college, the grant will be used to purchase a web-based course management system.
Blue Mountain previously outsourced management of its online learning opportunities. Now the school will be able to provide its own operating platform.
Blue Mountain plans to offer 13 online courses over the two fall terms.
Starting this fall, students also will have access to more online databases, like Blackboard and ERIC, thanks to the grant.
“They’ll have most every database they’d expect to find on any college campus,” said college president Dr. Bettye Coward.
Students also will enjoy the use of more laptop computers in the Guyton Library this year, as well as more online tutorials in the Center for the Advancement of Learning and more titles on eBooks.

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