'Quest for Best' program awards $25,000 in grants

IDS rewards profs for innovation
In its eighth annual "Quest for the Best," Instructional Development and Support selected five KU faculty members and a Lawrence graduate student to receive 1999-2000 honors.

IDS sponsors Quest Awards to encourage the development of technology-based instructional materials and their use in teaching and learning.

Proposals submitted for the competition are evaluated by a committee of previous award winners chaired by IDS director Susan Svacek.

The winners, who will share $25,000 in awards, were honored at a Feb. 22 luncheon in the Kansas Union and received their awards from Sandra W. Gautt, assistant provost.

This year's winners:
John Boulton, professor of music and dance, and Lawrence graduate student Keith Wright were awarded funds to integrate specialized technologies into teaching music. This project, which could affect more than 300 students a year, focuses on areas ranging from learning solo literature to playing in tune with good rhythm and musical expression.

Paul Mazzucca, assistant professor of design, will develop an electronic design image library. Items in an extensive slide library appropriate to many visual communication courses will be digitized and stored online to be used in presentations, classroom activities and student projects. Faculty and students eventually will be able to retrieve these images on demand once categorizing and indexing are complete.

Eric Rath, assistant professor of history, will create multimedia presentation materials for his class "China and Japan," a course that compresses more than 5,000 years of history into one semester. Rath said the project's goal is to help nearly 200 students each year focus on key ideas, to provide visual cues to facilitate concept recall and to enhance student engagement.

Sean Smith, assistant professor of special education, will create four Web-based case studies to be integrated across six special education courses. Designed to enhance decision-making abilities of teacher education students, these Web-based cases will include streamed video and audio, photographs and other images, discussion forums and related interactive components to illustrate the day-to-day issues facing teachers.

Denise Stone, associate professor of design, will integrate a variety of digitized images into her new course "Art and Design in Daily Life," which will be offered for the first time in the fall. Lectures will integrate a wide range of Web sites, video clips, graphics, photographs and other media forms, and materials will be available for study outside of class as well.


John Boulton
Keith Wright
Paul Mazzucca
Eric Rath
Sean Smith
Denise Stone

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