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Blue Ridge CTC instructor earns online education certification as agribusiness program expands


MARTINSBURG - Blue Ridge Community and Technical College instructor Tiffany Hine compares her mindset to what's often said about old dogs and new tricks: they can't learn them.

As associate professor and the agribusiness program coordinator, Hine will be the first to admit a friend of technology she is not.

However, as education progressed, Hine knew there was need to expand her skills, starting with a few classes with Quality Matters through a partnership with BRCTC, and before she knew it, she was taking as many as she could - just as the world turned on its head. In the end, Hine became the first instructor at Blue Ridge to earn the Quality Matters Online Teaching Certification.

"A year ago today is when we were all told to go home and stay home and didn’t know what was happening with the world, that classes were all online," Hine said Thursday. "Talk about freaking out. I’m like, ‘How am I going to teach online? I don’t know what I’m doing.’ I started very quickly taking every class I could with Quality Matters, so I could learn as much as I could about online. I’m thinking, ‘If I’m going to have to do this, I want to be the best online instructor I can be for my students.’ That’s how I’ve always thought about being in class."

Find the rest of the article from the Martinsburg Journal.