2004 Best of WebCT award
The first annual "Best of WebCT" awards were presented on Jan. 20 at the Teaching in the Digital Age Faculty Showcase, an event sponsored by the CIS Instructional Technology Group.
Dean of the College Paul Armstrong and CIS Vice President Ellen Waite-Franzen presented the awards to the three faculty members whose WebCT sites were deemed outstanding. Over 120 nominations were submitted by students, faculty, and staff. A committee with representatives from CIS, the Dean of the College, the University Library, the Sheridan Center, and the student body evaluated the sites on their breadth of resources, variety of use of WebCT tools, visual appearance, organization/ease of navigation, how well the site was kept up to date, and the effectiveness of the site in helping to advance course goals.
Congratulations to the 2004 "Best of WebCT" winners:
(in alphabetical order)
Ross Cheit, Political Science - PS10
"Constantly updated, always useful, incredibly comprehensive. It's just an overall great WebCT site."
"The "assignments" section clearly defined all of our assignments and included links to sites for research."
"There was a very useful electronic syllabus with the reading assignments, notes on the reading, and the "question of the day" with links to relevant articles."
".had everything you could want on it--an interactive electronic syllabus with a page for every day with links to the assigned reading, class lecture slides in PDF, and reading notes."
".he ACTUALLY responded to our posts and surveys by adapting the course!"
".the WebCT site [was] the central source of information for the class. The site was well-organized and easy to navigate. It contributed greatly to my understanding of the concepts of the course."
Nancy Jacobs, History & Africana Studies - AF16
"An amazing and essential resource for the class! It includes an interactive map of Africa - designed by Professor Jacobs herself - that is beautifully animated to show changing political climates over time."
".not only does it have a syllabus and weekly class schedule, but also commentary on each week's readings, links to videos, links to songs..."
"Our discussion board is active, with people posting their questions and thoughts about the week's material prior to section."
"The site is an amazing collection of media, information and instruction. I can't imagine the class without it!"
Kathryn Spoehr, Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences - CG 48
"Everything was very organized and easy to find!"
"Very good use of site for electronic submission and scheduling."
"The discussion board provided an easy way for us to share with each other."
"She used [the site] to survey how things were going."
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. Watch your Morning Mail in April for the 2005 awards nominations! Faculty, if you are interested in gaining access to the sites, please contact your Instructional Technologist.
2004 Best of WebCT Selection Committee:
Amna Ali, 2008
Laura Hess, Sheridan Center
Rebecca Moore, Sheridan Center
Eileen Palenchar, CIS
Edwin Quist, University Library
Janet Rankin, Sheridan Center
Robert Shaw, Dean of the College
Michelle Thacher, CIS