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Franklin University Hosts Trailblazer Teachers Program

Columbus, OH (March 4, 2016)

ranklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce its participation in the Trailblazer Teachers program, managed by Battelle Education and supported by Ohio's Straight A Fund.   

In the Trailblazer Teacher program, 16 Ohio teachers gain new strategies and tools for teaching in the modern classroom. The teachers complete four in-person trainings. Throughout the rest of the year, they support each other in virtual learning sessions – sharing ideas and best practices.

On Feb. 29 and March 1, the Trailblazer Teachers met for a two-day session at Franklin University where they used Franklin University’s Learning Management System, BlueQuill, to create hybrid courses in a “flipped” classroom model.  The BlueQuill LMS is capable of evaluating student engagement and learning in real-time.

BlueQuill is a web-based, hosted platform that provides students instant access to assignments and course content, enhanced class communication, easily accessible course apps, online discussion, live chat, and collaboration tools.  The platform been the innovation behind the University’s growing global online education business. Using this technology, the Trailblazer Teachers benefit from data collecting, reporting and ongoing assessments that provide insight into teaching effectiveness.

"When I first became involved with the Trailblazer Teacher program, I had a basic knowledge of hybrid learning but already feel I have an amplified understanding and appreciation for the benefits such an approach gives to not only teaching effectiveness but student learning outcomes,” said Rebecca Taylor, Marysville Early College High School. "The use of BlueQuill in our training allows for insight into teaching methodology, and as important, opportunities for other teachers to use our research and progress to share with their own classrooms."

The following teachers attended the two-day training session:

Scott Graham, Bay Village High School
Melissa Furst, Berkshire High School
Daniel Chenoweth, Cardinal High School
Brian George, Cardinal High School
Matthew McDonald, Eastlake North High School
Steven Ridgway, eSTEM Early College Academy
Joe Salyers, Green High School
Maria Stead, Hilliard Darby High School
Andrew Beane, Louisville High School
Rebecca Taylor, Marysville Early College High School
Cory Neugebauer, Metro Early College High School
Casey Clark, North Canton Hoover High School
Robert Furlong, Otsego High School
Matt Boggs, Perrysburg High School
Amanda Nugent, St. Edward High School *
Ben Schulcz, Turpin High School
* External funding provided for this teacher.

About Battelle
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

About Battelle Education
Battelle Education is a nonprofit subsidiary of Battelle dedicated to innovation in education. Battelle Education brings the same pragmatic, problem-solving approach to education that Battelle brings to the wide world of science and technology challenges. Battelle Education manages a range of successful projects including the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network.

About BlueQuill
BlueQuill leverages 20 years of expertise in online education by an accredited university. A web-based platform that requires minimal support by users, BlueQuill guides curriculum designers and faculty through the creation and delivery of effective and engaging course instruction. With intuitive features such as instant access to assignments and course content, enhanced class communication, easily accessible course apps, online discussion and live chat and collaboration capabilities, BlueQuill enables learners to succeed. While instructors benefit from data collecting, reporting and ongoing assessments that provide insight into teaching effectiveness.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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