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Ohio ‘Faculty Innovator Awards’

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Nominations Sought for Third Year of Faculty Innovator Awards
Awards Given to Faculty Using Digital Learning Materials to Lower Student Costs, Advance Learning

COLUMBUS – Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut today announced the University System of Ohio is seeking nominations from students, faculty, and administrators for its 2011 “Faculty Innovator Awards.” These awards will recognize 10 faculty members and/or teams from Ohio’s public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult career centers (see map) for work they have done to introduce digital course materials in the classroom that enrich learning and make college textbooks more affordable for their students.

“Every year, these awards provide the opportunity for us to not just recognize those faculty who have gone the extra mile in using technology to lower costs for students,” said Chancellor Fingerhut, “but to also educate and inspire other faculty to follow their lead and to take those innovations and bring them into more classrooms across the state.”

Created in 2009, the Faculty Innovator Awards are part of Ohio’s effort to stimulate the creation of affordable, innovative instructional materials for students throughout the University System of Ohio. Winning faculty have used digital content (video, simulations, e-texts and journals, visualizations, etc.) into their courses in a wide array of ways, all while lowering the out-of-pocket cost of course materials for students and enriching the classroom experience. The 2010 awardees were congratulated in Columbus by First Lady Frances Strickland and the Chancellor, recognized on the floor of the Ohio Senate, and also by House Speaker Armond Budish.

This year’s nomination form, as well as information about the winners and innovations from 2009 and 2010, are showcased at Ohio Textbook HQ, an open forum for textbook solutions and discussion.

Nominations for Ohio’s 2011 Faculty Innovator Awards must be received by the University System of Ohio no later than 12:00 p.m. on November 23, 2010.

For more information, visit http://OhioTextbookHQ.ning.com.

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