USHE Honors Professors' Use of TechnologyJennifer Turley, associate professor of Health Promotion and Human Performance and Tony Spanos, foreign language professor, are recipients of the 2004-05 USHE Exemplary Faculty Use of Technology Awards.
Both faculty members have demonstrated a long-term commitment to implementing technology in their classes and have mentored and trained peers on using technology to enhance online instruction.
Turley received a USHE Examplar Award for her work as a pioneer of online education. She has been instrumental in the growth, development and success of the online nutrition program at WSU. Through training and mentoring, she has helped her colleagues in the department to teach nutrition classes online and established an entire set of criteria and standards for the online program. Her expertise in developing online courses led to her being asked to chair the university committee responsible for migrating courses from the old online system to the current WebCT Vista system.
In reaching out to online students, Turley has audio-streamed lectures that are available online. Students with slow Internet connections can receive the same lectures via a compact disc provided with the course textbook.
Spanos received the Distance Education Award of Merit for his use of technology to enhance online listening and speaking exercises in his Spanish courses. Using Horizon Wimba Voice Tools, students may participate in numerous Spanish listening and speaking exercises anytime, anywhere via any computer connected to the Web. Peers praise Spanos for keeping abreast of the latest technologies available for instruction and incorporating them into the curriculum so the oral component of foreign language courses can be taught online. Spanos also utilizes technology to assist students and in-service teachers preparing to teach Spanish in public schools.
Turley and Spanos were formally honored at a luncheon in Salt Lake City on May 20.