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Tom Kane, a School of Business/Information Services professor at Centennial College, has earned a 2003 Technology Innovation Award from The Learning Partnership, recognizing his pioneering work in bringing online learning into the classroom.

Kane has worn several hats during his tenure at Centennial but he's always been an innovator. Tom's leadership in introducing the Blackboard platform as a means to offer blended learning online has been instrumental in changing the nature of learning at the college.
Centennial College professor Tom Kane has been recognized for bringing curriculum online.

Kane's work has helped cement the foundation of the modern learning environment Centennial aspires to provide for faculty and students alike.

Some 150 professors at the college teach 250 courses to more than 5,000 students using Blackboard, the powerful Internet-based curriculum software that can augment classroom instruction.

Kane is one of seven individual or teams of educators recognized among Ontario's publicly funded schools, colleges and universities, and the only college professor.

In their inaugural year, the Technology Innovation Awards recognize the achievements of educators whose intelligent use of technology has been instrumental in building a modern learning environment.

The first annual Technology Innovation Awards will be handed out on June 5 at The Learning Partnership's annual reception and student showcase, taking place at Ryerson Community School.

The Learning Partnership is a non-profit organization that encourages interaction and cooperation between learning institutions to strengthen publicly funded schools. For more details about this year's awards, visit

--- Lambton College's class of 2003 closed a chapter on its educational journey at the school's 36th convocation on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m.

About 400 students took part in a ceremony that placed them at the gateway of a lifetime of opportunities. The auspicious event was held at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre at 2 p.m., with a reception following at the college.

About 1,600 guests filled the seats of the air-conditioned, theatre-style venue.

"It's a day for graduates, family and friends to celebrate their successes. It's also a chance to say goodbye to friends they've made over the years before moving on to new endeavours," says Lambton College president Tony Hanlon. "For the college, it's really the highlight of the year, when we formally recognize the achievements and hard work of our graduates," he said.

The guest speaker was a Lambton College business administration and marketing program graduate of 1983, Don R. Richardson. The former student went on to earn a baccalaureate degree, a master's degree, followed by a doctorate, and is currently a senior consultation specialist and director of TeleCommons Development Group, with a focus on infrastructure and environmental management projects around the world. Richardson is also an associate faculty member at the University of Guelph.

Following the completion of the ceremony, a reception for the class of 2003 graduates and their guests was held at the college's main cafeteria, with access to its outdoor courtyard.

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