Two CHESS faculty members will receive the 2018 Excellence in Digital Education awards from the Digital Education unit of Purdue University.
Mark Mabrito, associate professor of English, is being recognized with the Course Design and Teaching Award for his course, Online Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media. The course includes projects where students design a social media plan for a local business, create a usability study for a client, and design an interactive media proposal to solve a problem. A recent project included the creation of interactive media content that helped launch a new application for The Times of Northwest Indiana.
“This approach allows students to synthesize course concepts and provides a service to the Northwest Indiana community,” Mabrito said.
Emily Hixon, professor and director of the Center for Faculty Development and Leadership, will receive a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award for a collaborative effort with three other scholars that resulted in the publication of four journal articles.
The findings show that students with more experience in taking online courses have greater understanding on what constitutes the success of an online course. Nontraditional students value online courses that are well-designed, consistently presented and are easy to negotiate.
Anne Gregory, director of the School of Education, called the project’s findings “an important contribution to the research” and praised their “practical implications.”
The project’s authors include Casimir Barczyk, professor emeritus of management, and Janet Buckenmeyer, former PUC professor and now dean of the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University. The fourth author is Penny Ralston-Berg, a senior research instructional designer at Penn State University World Campus.
Mabrito and Hixon will receive their awards at a West Lafayette ceremony on May 8.