Communication Class Wins E-Learning Award

Posted: April 9, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

GMU-TV’s Richard Wood and Susan Shaver Kehoe are firm believers in practicing what they teach. In addition to serving the university as television professionals, the two co-teach a video production class for the Communication Department. That course, “COMM 355 Video I: Principles and Practices,” has been cited by e-learning magazine for an e-learning Success Award for Virtual Learning/Collaboration in Higher Education.

The two were honored at an awards reception April 8 in the Washington, D.C., Convention Center during the eLearning Exposition and Conference. An exhibit on the class was displayed in the Gallery of Winners.

The course features a unique blend of face-to-face contact, computer mediated instruction, and video modules. Wood and Kehoe selected each technology to enable a particular learning outcome. Using technology to teach much of the course content allowed the course to grow without significantly increasing the demand on facilities or equipment, and it also provided the resources that allowed more face-to-face contact in small individual sections.

“Richard Wood and Susan Kehoe, like the other instructional technologists at George Mason, are committed to the teaching/learning process rather than to the technologies,” says Joy Hughes, vice president of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. “They carry this commitment into their work as partners with the faculty in designing courses.”

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