FCC Executive Director Jurgen Hilke Named ITC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Jurgen Hilke, the Executive Director for the Center for Distributed Learning at Frederick Community College, has been named recipient of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) Lifetime Achievement Award as part of ITC’s 2016 Awards for Excellence in eLearning.

The ITC is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges and reserves this award for someone who advances distance education in the national community college arena.

“We are grateful to ITC for honoring Jurgen with this prestigious award and showing others what all of us at FCC already know – Jurgen is a pioneer in the world of distance learning,” said Tony Hawkins, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Throughout his accomplished career, he has been dedicated to improving the access and quality of distance education and countless students and instructors have benefited greatly from his knowledge and contributions.”

Hilke created the first rubric and quality review protocol for course design that evolved into Quality Matters, which is now a well-recognized international organization that promotes and improves the quality of online education and student learning. Quality Matters has approximately 1,000 subscribing higher education institutions in 48 U.S. states and seven countries and is the go-to organization for quality assurance of online courses.

Hilke has been involved with the Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT), helping it grow from a grant project to a self-sustaining national program. Hilke also created the Instructor Competency List, which provides instructors with a checklist of best practices for online teaching.

Hilke has worked at FCC for 35 years and served as a faculty member and director of distance learning and faculty before assuming his current role.

In addition to his work at FCC, Hilke has been a longtime member of the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA) and won the organization’s Distance Educator of the Year award in 2009. He is also involved with MarylandOnline, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2003 and on the Executive Committee since 2007. Both non-profit organizations promote access and quality in distance education.

Hilke will accept the award during the ITC 2016 Awards for Excellence, which will be held from Feb. 14-17 in Scottsdale, Arizona.