Faculty Recipients Announce 2022 Digital Learning Awards | Electronic news

The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a catalyst for advances in digital learning. Over the past two years, WVU faculty have developed new and innovative practices to improve the digital learning experience for their students.

To celebrate excellence and innovation in digital learning across the university, the Provost Office and the West Virginia Public Education Corporation have announced their fourth digital education awards.

Recipients will be awarded a professional development fee of $ 500.

Recipients of the 2022 Digital Learning Award are:

  • Erin Brock Carlson, assistant professor at Eberley College of Arts and Sciences: In addition to helping plan the “Strong Appalachian” Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in the spring of 2021 – which improved the online encyclopedia by increasing visibility of often overlooked stories and people – Carlson introduced editing to English class 303 to develop students ’editing and writing skills. As a result, students have improved the quality of Wikipedia’s numerous articles and contributed to its editorial diversification. During the spring semester of 2022, Carlson included this year’s edition in both undergraduate and graduate courses.

  • Jennifer Murray, Development Specialist with WVU Extension: Through a variety of digital platforms, Murray has organized efforts among her colleagues to organize 46 virtual and hybrid workshops for West Virginia youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which more than 800 people participated. are present throughout the state. These programs worked to develop life skills, increase knowledge, and improve workforce readiness through 4-H learning experiences.

  • Justin Vartella, assistant professor at the College of Physical Education and Sports: Vartella has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic using Flipgrid, Adobe Spark, Zoom and other digital learning tools to create real-world experiences for their students. She also consciously used discussion boards during her online and hybrid classes to encourage collaboration and community awareness in the “classroom” and learn more about her students.

  • Thomas Zeni, Associate Professor at John Chambers College of Business and Economics: Zeni 522’s International Labor Relations class usually ends with a trip abroad to various European countries. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she instead worked with Continuing Education Programs Abroad to create a “virtual adventure” experience on the course. Currently, the course includes direct synchronous and asynchronous presentations from international partners, as well as cultural workshops with speakers from China, Germany, France and others to offer students an international perspective. Upon graduation, students are better prepared to begin a career as a human resources specialist.

The WVU Faculty’s Digital Learning Awards are inspired by the National Digital Learning Day, established in 2012 by the Alliance for Excellence in Education and a day of digital learning challenges at Mountainview Elementary School in Morgantown, BB. Digital Learning Day celebrates learning experiences that effectively use technology to enhance a student’s learning experience, emphasizing quality teaching and access to challenging content so that all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and career.

WVU is the first official supporter of higher education on Digital Learning Day, an event supported by the West Virginia Public Education Corporation that focuses on the development of public schools from childhood to higher education.

Learn more about the Digital Learning Awards recipients on the WVPEC website. More information about all the WVU faculty awards can be found on the WVU faculty website.

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