The CIT awards honor faculty or staff who have demonstrated excellent use of technology in education. Recipients have supported the development of teaching and learning, contributing to the overall quality of the USF learning environment.
The Innovation Award recognizes overall excellence and innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. This year’s award is shared by two recipients. Both candidates have worked tirelessly at exploring opportunities to improve student learning outcomes through the use of technology.
Our first innovation award goes to a professor who made use of wikis – collaboratively created web sites like Wikipedia - to inform and connect his students before and during their MBA India Tour. According to his students, his teaching is all about empowering students with available open source tools. And his student’s successes attest to his passion when it comes to bringing technology into the classroom. One example is the USF MBA podcast site, created by a student who recorded MBA guest speakers. Student nominations for this candidate praised this professor for making learning with new technologies exciting rather than intimidating.
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Our first innovation recipient is …. J.P. Allen, School of Business and Management
Pushing collaborative learning to a new level, the second innovation award goes to a professor who also uses wikis to engage students as knowledge producers outside the classroom and enhance the learning experience inside the classroom. His class wiki included group workspaces where students collaborated to create their in-class presentations. The class wiki also provided transparency in assignment feedback and student evaluations. His underlying philosophy includes the reflective use of technology and commitment to grounding the use of new classroom technologies in sound pedagogical frameworks.
Our second innovation recipient is … Stephen Zavestoski, Sociology and Environmental Studies – College of Arts & Science
Faculty Award - Patricia Busk, Leaning and Instruction, School of Education
The Faculty Award recognizes overall outstanding use of technology in the classroom or online. This year’s recipient, from the School of Education, joined the University in 1980. An early adopter of Blackboard, she continues to develop and refine her courses as educational technology evolves. The online compliments to her classes include discussions, quizzes, and a rich array of resources that are an invaluable component to her classes. Most recently she has added podcasts of her class lectures to her Blackboard course sites, providing students with an opportunity to take extra time to process her challenging and content dense courses. As her students affirm, her use of technology challenges her students to become technologically literate.