OGDEN, Utah – The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has recognized three Weber State University professors for using technology to advance classroom learning.
Health sciences professor G. Craig Gundy along with performing arts professors Joanne Lawrence and Mark Henderson are recipients of the 2003-04 USHE Exemplary Faculty Use of Technology Awards.
All three faculty members have demonstrated a long-term commitment to implementing technology in their classes to enhance student learning opportunities.
Actively involved with technology initiatives across campus, Gundy's development of educational software and utilization of the state EDNET system were among the contributions cited. He has received national recognition for two software programs he wrote: a pronunciation dictionary for medical terminology and "Knowledge Map," used for teaching anatomy and physiology. Gundy is credited with pioneering WSU's EDNET courses and computerized testing. In nominating Gundy for the award, Shelley Conroy, dean of the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions, wrote, "…he has carried out numerous technology initiatives that have had major impacts that extend far beyond the boundaries of campus."
Lawrence and Henderson have combined technology with the arts in an effort to improve students' understanding and performance.
As coordinator of WSU's dance program, Lawrence investigated the synthesis of dance and video production. Her research led to Dance for the Camera, a course where dance and technology would be interactive. WSU's dance program has developed into a leader in the state in the fusion of dance and video. Lawrence added a video portfolio to the senior capstone dance course, requiring graduating students to use technology in the production of their thesis.
Henderson has used technology to improve the efficiency of the choir rehearsal process. Using MIDI and digital methods of note learning, Henderson overdubs the individual voice parts over a recorded performance of the music. The overdubbing process allows a single part to stand out so the student can hear how it fits into the entire composition. The advantage with MIDI technology is the recording can be played back at different speeds without distorting the pitch, allowing a student to initially learn the part at a slower tempo, and work up to performance speed.
All three will be honored at a luncheon at the Board of Regents Building in Salt Lake City on May 3.
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