FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation (304) 696-7153


Morgan recognized for expertise in education technology, named inaugural Blackboard MVP

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Brian M. Morgan, chairman and associate professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at Marshall University, has been named one of 17 inaugural Blackboard MVPs by education technology company Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard offers platforms and services to help educational, professional, corporate and government organizations extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively. Its new MVP program recognizes users who stand out as experts in the company’s technologies, share their expertise, demonstrate leadership in the education technology community, and actively provide feedback to Blackboard. While MVPs will be peer-nominated in the future, this first class was selected by Blackboard.

“I am very proud to be a part of this prestigious new program,” said Morgan. “E-learning and learning management systems have been a passion of mine for the past 16 years. Being a Blackboard MVP, sharing knowledge and best practices about Blackboard and distance learning in general, is truly an honor.”

Jay Bhatt, Blackboard chief executive officer, said, “We are proud to recognize Blackboard MVPs for reaching beyond the borders of their institutions and organizations to share their knowledge of and best practices with our products. This program is incredibly powerful, as it provides a platform not only for users to collaborate and learn from each other, but also for our company leaders to hear directly from the people who use our solutions in the field, every day. Blackboard MVPs are truly helping improve the learning experience and address important challenges in education.”

Morgan said the program will give him access to exclusive professional development opportunities and he will be invited to private product briefings and roadmap sessions with company executives. He added that MVPs will continue to share their expertise by moderating the Ask the Doctors Client Q&A forum and through their own personal blogs, Blackboard blogs, social media, virtual office hours and other avenues.

Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in technology management, both from Marshall. His special interests include e-learning and web application development.

For more information, visit www.blackboard.com/mvp or contact Morgan at brian.morgan@marshall.edu or 304-634-6736.



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