By BRENDAN KIRBY
Four years ago, Hagerstown Junior College English Professor Michael Harsh was making fun of computers. Now, because of his work with the machines, Harsh has won an award.
Harsh, 45, won the David Pierce Work Force Development Award for Learner Focused Teaching Leadership.
Hired by HJC 10 years ago as a drama and speech teacher, Harsh has been using computers for the past three years to create a course that combines high-tech equipment with old-fashioned English composition.
He has taught both traditional students and has helped train employees of First Data Merchant Services and other companies.
"What I am most excited about is that it is a learner-centered award," Harsh said.
Harsh said he used resources in the college's advanced technology center to teach non-technical students.
Students in the course write on the computers, and the text is available to Harsh and the rest of the class.