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MercerOnline Director Michael Sullivan Receives Top Award for Graduate Work at UMass-Boston


WEST WINDSOR – During a month when Mercer County Community College (MCCC) graduates were receiving end-of-year awards for their academic achievements, another member of the MCCC family was receiving an award of his own – MercerOnline Director Michael Sullivan, who received the highest award for Master’s degree work from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Sullivan was the recipient of the Instructional Design Graduate Program Book Award, which is presented each year to one of the program’s most outstanding students. The award is based on outstanding academic achievement and service to the department.

For his instructional design capstone project, Sullivan assessed the instructional needs for students at Rivier University in Nashua, N.H. He assisted the university in

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MercerOnline Director Michael Sullivan recently received his Master of Education degree and the Instructional Design Graduate Program Book Award, the highest honor for Master's degree work at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

switching over to a new learning management system (LMS), with his assessment and training modules serving students as an introduction to the new LMS and as a guide to proper etiquette when learning online.

In announcing the award, UMass-Boston also cited Sullivan’s willingness to mentor other students, and networking with program alumni and future degree candidates, as part of the reason for his selection.

“Through it all, (Sullivan) has shown himself to be reliable, thoughtful, and interested in exploring innovative tools and techniques for learning, while inviting others along for the adventure. Michael represents the best of our program – a learner, a teacher, and a favored colleague,” according the UMass-Boston program book.

In addition, Sullivan was in Boston the week before receiving his Master of Education degree to address the Graduate Instructional Design Association.

As director of MercerOnline, Sullivan oversees more than 375 online sections, supporting 8,000 students and more than 125 faculty and adjuncts.



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