Julia Khanova, doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, has received one of the prestigious Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Excellence in Online Teaching Awards for 2012 from the WISE organization.
Khanova was nominated for the award by her students in the INLS 890 Electronic Health Records: Emerging Standards, Applications and Services for summer 2012.
When asked about her best practices, Khanova said, “I believe that online instruction is less about teaching and more about facilitating student learning. In this short (five-week) summer course, I use discussion as the main learning activity. To avoid the all too common “write a forum entry, then reply to a couple of classmates’ posts“ trap, I require frequent (at least five days a week with more than one post per day) discussion forum participation with emphasis on building dialog with peers, respect for diversity of classmates’ expertise and willingness to share own knowledge and experience. I provide explicit guidelines, then model the desired discourse, especially in the first couple of weeks of the course, and provide weekly individual feedback to each student, as well as summary feedback to the entire class. Another “best practice“ that I try to follow is being constantly present in the virtual class space, regularly chiming in on discussion, and responding promptly to questions from students.”
Her students agree with her best practices and the quality of her instruction. One of her nominators said, “Julia presented an emerging field (electronic health records) in a holistic, interesting and well organized manner. Her support was first class. The feedback she provided to the class, or to me directly, was always timely, consistently constructive and generally helpful.”
Those who receive the Excellence in Online Teaching Award are recognized on the WISE Web site, during a formal announcement at the Awards Ceremony at the ALISE conference and receive a glass globe.