Cowley distance learning team wins Blackboard Catalyst Award

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November 9, 2021 | Shelby Huddleston | News

Staff from Cowley College were winners of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Optimizing Student Experience.

Founded in 2005, the annual Catalyst Awards recognize and honor innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where millions of educators and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology. Winners were selected by a cross-functional team of Blackboard experts and represent the very best in their field.

Distance Learning Team members Eddie Andreo, associate vice president of distance learning and site management, and Shelby Huddleston, director of instructional technology, join a select group of people from the Blackboard Community around the world, whose work has been recognized as a significant and exemplary contribution to the Education industry.

“It is with great honor and humility to be selected as the winner of the 2021 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Optimizing Student Experience,” Andreo said. “Our Distance Learning Team has made tremendous strides in improving the quality, consistency, and accessibility of our online courses for all learners. Our team is deeply appreciative of this recognition.”

Lee Blakemore, Chief Client Officer and President of Global Markets at Blackboard, said they are proud to partner with institutions who are innovating to advance student success.

“We are pleased to honor this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Award winners for their commitment to improving the educational experience for all learners through EdTech and sharing these insights with the broader community,” Blakemore said.

Cowley’s Distance Learning Team will also be announced alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld2021 Blackboard’s annual user conference to be held virtually over a two-week period, July 13-15 and 20-22.

For more information on the Blackboard Catalyst Awards, visit

Blackboard is a leading EdTech company, serving higher education, K-12, business and government clients around the world. We connect a deep understanding of education with the power of technology to continuously push the boundaries of learning. Our mission is to advance learning together with the world’s education community, so that all learners, educators and institutions can realize their goals today and prepare for tomorrow.

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