Faculty Profiles

Latest profile: Let the games begin

Working with PRESENT staff, faculty members have created interactive, web-based “games” that test a student’s understanding of course material and provide an environment for problem-based learning.

With course objectives that include understanding epidemiology and gaining familiarity with the organisms that cause foodborne disease, Dr. Kali Kniel, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, collaborated with PRESENT to interact with her students and reach her educational goals in unique ways.

Penny Rodrick-Williams, supplemental faculty, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, worked closely with PRESENT staff to develop a wildlife identification game. Her bird identification game presents students with a number of interactive questions regarding various species indigenous to Delaware and the surrounding area. »More...

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2005 Exemplary Applications Contest winner
Chandra Reedy , Professor of Musuem Studies, is profiled as one of the winners of the 2005 Exemplary Applications Contest. Reedy says, "I’ve also been able to put all of my exams online. The big advantage is that I feel I can do better exams—I can have large images in color, with questions about those images that students have to answer.
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2005 Exemplary Applications Contest winner
Jim Dean, Professor of English
In addition to new methods of delivering information to his students, Dean also saw that he could assign projects to his students that would require them to interact with that information in new ways.
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Managing a hotel…online
George Conrade, Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management
George Conrade, of UD’s Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, wants to help his managerial accounting students gain an in-depth understanding of duties faced by executives in the hospitality industry. To accomplish this, he and the staff of PRESENT are combining technologies such as Microsoft Excel with the functionality of MyCourses to develop Managerial Accounting Practice Sets (MAPS).
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Electronic worksheets could improve patient care
Christine Cannon, Nursing
Up to 98,000 Americans needlessly die each year in U.S. hospitals, according to a November 1999 Institute of Medicine report. Christine Cannon, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, is helping mitigate this urgent problem with a tool that helps nursing students deepen their understanding of diseases and disorders. “I really like students to get involved, to be thinking and excited about what they are learning. It’s a challenge, especially in a big classroom.”

Electronic templates expand learning
Bill Saylor, Animal and Food Sciences
Instructors realize that fostering deep student understanding requires much work. But, Bill Saylor, Associate Professor, Animal and Food Sciences, saved time and stayed effective by using elegant technology tools. Saylor wanted to help students have a real grasp of the principles in ANSC251—Animal Nutrition and Feeding. As the course title implies, students learn how to formulate effective animal diets. “I want them to have the basic science of nutrition,” says Saylor, “but also a practical appreciation for what it takes to feed and provide for an animal. The best way to do that is to work with animals.”

Online exams make the grade
Mark Stanton, Psychology
Most faculty would wince at the mere thought of putting their exams online. Security risks and the potential for academic dishonesty have kept consideration of this topic to a minimum—until now. Dr. Mark Stanton, associate professor of psychology, has not been deterred by the pitfalls of electronic testing.

Virtual microscope solves teaching challenge
Bob Ketcham, Biological Sciences
On the first day of biology lab, students begin working with microscopes, but, “You know they're probably not going to see anything,” says Bob Ketcham, Laboratory Coordinator. After a course redesign project, Ketcham says, "We're not getting stuck at the level of using the microscope, and can discuss, for example, the properties of bacteria and how they relate."

Solving art mysteries with science
Chandra Reedy, Museum Studies
A Technology Assistance Grant allowed Chandra Reedy to validate new approaches and learn new technologies. “There were a lot of things I saw demonstrated. They were things I hadn’t thought about doing because I didn’t know you could do them."

Piquing their interest
John Deiner, Political Science and International Relations
Having taught courses on political development and Latin American politics for over 30 years, John Deiner firmly believes that "students learn best by actively processing, integrating, and presenting information, particularly when they encounter concepts, values and cultures for the first time.

Applet helps in and out of the classroom
Chris Kydd, Business & Economics
"Once the applet was complete, I found it was useful for several other teaching goals in addition to its originally intended purpose."


Freshman English goes high tech
Christopher Penna, et al., English
Each year, around three thousand E110 students grapple with rhetorical skills. English professors, well aware of the challenges students face, search for new ways to teach the basics of effective writing. One of those teachers is assistant professor Christopher Penna. He, along with Clyde Moneyhun, assistant professor and director of writing, envisions an E110 curriculum transformed by e-learning as a way to improve students’ writing skills.

Staying on course
Jorge Cubillos, Spanish
"Inspired by existing online financial programs, I set out to find a way to empower undergraduate students to make similar 'calculations' about their course work."

Developing an e-lab
Harry Shipman, Physics & Astronomy
"My purpose in producing this e-lab was to permit the TA's to do what they are good at-- working with the students one on one -- and let videotape set this lab in context."

Students and instructors learning together
Lesa Griffiths and Sherry Kitto, Agriculture and Natural Resources
The idea for a computer animation came from a student who had struggled to learn the details of recombinant DNA technology.

Real life experience online
Ann Rucinski and Charlene Hamilton, Nutrition & Dietetics
Recognizing that students sometimes struggle when they make the transition from classroom practice to the workplace, Rucinski and Hamilton, Nutrition and Dietetics, decided to incorporate a "live" client into the school"s internship.

Students dive into Spanish
Tom McCone, Foreign Language Media Center
"The department worked on several projects, the most mature of which is an online Spanish reading assistant."

Keeping in touch
Susan Strasser, History
Susan Strasser, who commutes to campus from Washington, D.C., finds that e-mail allows her to be accessible to her students even though she is on campus only three days a week.

A stitch in time
Jo Kallal and Belinda Orzada, Consumer Studies
Working with staff in the PRESENT, Kallal and Orzada stitched together several digital photographs of a garment on a dress form into one three-dimensional digital animation.

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