(Thunder Bay, November 4, 2003) Lakehead University has been recognized for excellence in teaching with technology by the Office for Partnerships for Advanced Skills (OPAS) and its partners. OPAS is a central point of access to universities, linking leading-edge knowledge and outstanding instructors at Ontario's seventeen universities and an expanding network of universities across the country.
The University Award recognizes outstanding achievement in using technology to enhance and improve teaching in a university setting. Lakehead took home an Honourable Mention for this award in competition with more than 20 submissions. Lakehead's winning entry was the Masters in Public Health program.
This award is for a learning product that uses technology in an innovative fashion and demonstrates effective teaching to enhance the learning experience for university students at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
The team was led by Dr. Darlene Steven, Lakehead School of Nursing Professor and Graduate Coordinator, and Dr. John Jamieson, Lakehead Psychology Department Professor and Graduate Coordinator. Dr. Ian Newhouse, Dean Professional Schools supported the development and implementation of this program. Team members include: Gwen Wojda, Director of Part-Time and Distance Educations; Dr. Livio Di Matteo; Dr. William Montelpare; and Leanne Nalezyty. Dr. Steven says they were also supported by core faculty in Biology, Economics, Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Mr. Stephan Sisko assisted in the development of the website.
"Lakehead University offers a Masters of Public Health degree with two distinct fields: Health Studies and Specialization in Nursing," explains Dr. Steven. "The program is primarily intended to prepare graduates who will emerge as skilled individuals, ready to meet complex health challenges through education, research, and community service. All courses are offered by distance education, and faculty employ various learning techniques including videoconferencing, teleconferencing, and media streaming."
The program started in 2002 and there are approximately 70 students enrolled including physicians, nurse practitioners, community health nurses, researchers, chiropractors, and other students interested in public health matters.
"This award recognizes Lakehead's commitment to being a leader in technology, and demonstrates the outstanding staff and faculty who are creating and delivering programs such as the Masters in Public Health," says Lakehead University President Dr. Fred Gilbert. "Universities need to incorporate technology into all modes of educational delivery, and Lakehead is becoming a leader in this."
OPAS is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities. Visit www.opas-partnerships.com.
Members of the media: Dr. Steven can be reached for interviews by calling 343-8643.
Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Lakehead University, 343-8177