Asbury Wins Award for Innovative Technology
Asbury University was recently recognized by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities with the 2012 Technology Award for innovative use of technology for instructional purposes.
The program that caught the eye of AIKCU Information Technology directors is 4SITE, an initiative that gathered faculty from across the University last year to create and upload online courses. Utilizing University-supplied iPads, the faculty committed to developing online courses, particularly in the core curriculum, meeting for training and sharing of experience along the way.
“The goal of the 4SITE initiative, which is still ongoing, was to find a way to encourage our faculty to work within the world of online learning, while at the same time providing them with professional development and technology to make that transition as comfortable and seamless as possible,” said Provost Jon Kulaga. “It has been a great collaborative effort from the start, between Information Services, Online Learning and the Provost Office. The fact that the AIKCU recognized our work as the best among all the independent colleges and universities in the state is an added bonus.”
This year, the program has continued as a professional development opportunity for faculty to explore the concepts of a “digital university,” which includes everything from incorporating video into class to digital textbooks and online resources.
“We had a mix of senior and junior faculty members, and each were learning from the other,” said Paul Dupree, CIO and assistant vice president of information technology services at Asbury. “Many of the senior faculty members had great ideas and much to say about how to do this well. It’s exciting to see them embrace what’s happening in terms of online education.”
Asbury offers online bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and education, as well as online master’s programs in education.