USD faculty awarded for teaching with technology

USD faculty awarded for teaching with technology Gov. Bill Janklow is awarding $1.2 million to more than 60 faculty members at the state's six public universities to take classroom technology to the next level.

The grant awards are going to 61 faculty who have previously received a Teaching with Technology grant and allows the faculty to keep on the leading edge of using technology in the higher education classroom.

"The university faculty did some exciting and creative things with their earlier awards. But the pace of change in technology is phenomenal. These advanced awards will allow them to learn more applications," Janklow said. "It will extend their earlier work to more technologies and to more courses. Our goal is now and always has been to enhance the learning of South Dakota kids. Our students will be better prepared for their careers and personal lives following graduation."

These Advanced Faculty Awards for Teaching with Technology were open to any faculty members who had won an earlier Teaching with Technology Award in 1998, 1999, or 2000. The advanced award winners will receive compensation and funds for equipment, software, and training.

The governor initiated the advanced awards program for the first time this year so that previous award recipients could continue to expand their knowledge of the technologies used in their disciplines and redesign additional courses.

Robert T. Tad Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, calls the advanced awards program "an excellent and far reaching investment in faculty that will benefit students for years into the future." Perry said, "Many award winners had expressed interest in building upon their earlier work. The advanced awards have made it possible for them to continue to expand their knowledge and thus provide even better educational opportunities for state university students."

Ron Utecht, a professor of chemistry at South Dakota State University, agrees that the educational opportunities through technology are extraordinary. Utecht, a 1998 award winner, said, "I've combined the actual laboratory experience with modern methods of data collection and analysis to provide an experience that's more suited for what our students will be doing in the real world once they graduate. Even in their freshman chemistry experience, they are using equipment that one would expect to find in a modern chemistry lab."

Susan Landon-Arnold, Northern State University biology professor, won a grant in the 1998 round.

"The governor's grants help us prepare our students for the new millennium. For those going into education, technology integration prepares them to pass their knowledge on to their students, and that's important. Technology in the classroom also helps to internationalize the students. My students are able, through technology, to communicate with students in Germany and Mexico."

Her advanced award grant will allow her to teach her students to make digitalized videos about laboratory techniques. These videos will then be available through the Internet or CD-ROM for rural South Dakotans.

"This is tied directly to E-learning," said Landon-Arnold.

The Governor's Faculty Awards program began in 1998. More than 220 university professors have been awarded more than $4 million to enhance their courses with technology. Earlier this year, Janklow awarded $1,136,925 Teaching with Technology grants to 51 university faculty members for curriculum technology projects.

"We are building a system in South Dakota that will give us the best-trained teachers in the nation and the world," Janklow said. "Through our summer Technology for Teaching and Learning Academies we are funding 200 hours of training for elementary and secondary teachers already in the classrooms. With our university faculty grants, we are spurring the teachers of our teachers to be innovative in their use of technology in the university classroom."

Perry praised Janklow's vision in creating the program.

"The governor's support through these awards has propelled the use of technology in South Dakota public universities to a level that stands above most universities in the country," he said.

The 61 advanced award winners for 2001 include:

* 10 from Black Hills State University at Spearfish;

* 6 from Dakota State University at Madison;

* 18 from Northern State University at Aberdeen;

* 6 from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at Rapid City;

* 14 from South Dakota State University at Brookings; and

* 7 from The University of South Dakota at Vermillion.

The winners from USD, along with their project titles, are:

* Peggy Larsen, Health Care Language

* Douglas Peterson, Organizational Psychology

* Marcia Reisetter, Introduction of Research Methods

* Frank Schieber, Cognitive Psychology

* Marilyn Urquhart, Education for Person with Disabilities

* Joseph Vitt, Chemistry Survey/Organic & Biochemistry

* Mary Zweber, Caring for Person with Restorative/Rehabilitative Needs.

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