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