Maryland Professor Wins Award for Creative Online Course

September 3, 2003

In addition, the award-winning course has been adopted for use by Maryland’s statewide distance learning network.

Tsubaki’s Composition Skills II (ENG 82) features traditional English instruction with self-paced, multimedia instruction featuring Interactive English, a process-oriented writing program that provides a flexible curriculum of writing lessons, readings, and grammar exercises, as well as a management system to help track student progress.

Tsubaki stated: “It is a great honor to receive this award, which recognizes the increasing demand for innovative approaches to teaching and learning in order to address the diverse learning styles of today’s students, and motivate them to succeed. Interactive English has played a key role in the success of this distance learning course. Its multi-media curriculum is highly motivating and engaging to the students, and its built-in reporting system provides me with a way to monitor student progress and guide students to the appropriate level of instruction.”

The award-winning course was recently adopted for use by the Maryland Online Consortium, and will be offered through the consortium’s network of 24 member colleges and universities in Maryland. Tsubaki’s ENG 82 online course also provides students with, Academic Systems’ comprehensive Web-based library of educational resources, and Smarthinking, a service that provides students with live, online tutoring. For more information, visit Academic Systems’ Web site at


The Maryland Distance Learning Association presented the award at the organization’s annual conference held in Cumberland, Maryland