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Outstanding Service Award
2004-2005


Matt Coleman


The UMD Psychology Department now offers an extensive Distance Education Program. This program could not exist without the ingenious course management system that was developed by Matt Coleman. This software enables students and faculty to operate entirely in a virtual environment. It is a virtually integrated classroom in which the student can view course content, take tests, write essays, participate in an online discussion, view streaming media, and receive feedback from faculty. The faculty member can read the students’ answers, post a score, have that score automatically entered into the gradebook, respond to student messages, and monitor the student discussion for appropriate content. Matt continues to upgrade this courseware and last summer he added an internal message system.

This Fall, Matt designed a new content management system so that faculty can change content as simply as creating a word document. He also created a system for early detection of problems and he’s added both audio and video to courses, so that students can hear faculty, as well as link to external sources such as radio and television programs. Matt has updated this courseware so that it is far superior to anything in the University of Minnesota system or any commercial products. While UMD has a mission of expanding technology for faculty and students, Matt has translated this mission into developing this very innovative program, which is useful for student education, faculty development, and the technological demands for education in the 21st century.

It is for Matt’s overwhelming contributions that we present him with this award.


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