Keiser University’s Online Division Wins Blackboard Catalyst Award

Members of Keiser University’s Online Division have been named winners of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Training and Professional Development.

While recognizing the opportunities presented by distance learning, the group divided into teams to develop a dynamic program geared for remote learning. The training platform became even more valuable for Keiser University campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it presented a variety of tools designed to enrich the learning experience including adaptive learning software, video production programs, Keiser Live lecture technology, and more.

“In this time of uncertainty, an entire nation of college students was transitioned to online learning rapidly and that is why we feel so honored to be recognized with the Blackboard Catalyst Award for our online delivery system and our commitment to student success,” said Keiser University Chancellor Dr. Arthur Keiser.  “As an early adopter of online degree offerings, we were positioned to move swiftly during the pandemic, accommodating our student body and employees seamlessly due to the leadership, compassion and innovation of our online education team led by Associate Vice Chancellor Sherry Olsen.”

With significant measures of achievement for both distance and traditional learning being student retention, engagement, and realization of performance goals, the effort proved successful as was evidenced by enrollment, student survey responses, and feedback.

“I am extremely proud of the Instructional Design, Faculty Training, and Dean teams for providing this constant training and development. They consistently exhibit our ‘students first’ philosophy as they ensure our faculty are well trained, have peer support, and are provided with well-developed courses. When faculty are well trained and engaged, students are motivated to do well and stay in school. Retention of online faculty is high for Keiser University due to providing robust training and professional development opportunities with online and face to face faculty members,” said Associate Vice Chancellor Sherry Olsen.

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 are selected by a cross-functional team of Blackboard experts.

“We’re 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,” said Lee Blakemore, Chief Client Officer and President, Global Markets at Blackboard. “We’re proud to partner with institutions that are innovating to advance student success.”

The Keiser University teams will also be announced alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld 2020, Blackboard’s annual user conference to be held virtually July 21 and 22. Blackboard is the leading provider of learner success-focused technology solutions and services. Its product portfolio is unmatched in the marketplace, spanning teaching and learning, analytics, community engagement, and student services. For more information on the Blackboard Catalyst Awards, please visit

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