Our faculty at NOVA leverage web 2.0 technology and new media to bring core content alive and create meaningful amd lasting learning experiences. Rather than implementing technology for technology's sake, they seek out applications of technology that support curriculum, improve learning outcomes, build self-efficacy and learner motivation, and save students time and money.
Always seeking new ways to connect students with language learning, Professor Takako Shigehisa, designed and developed the online version of JPN 101: Beginning Japanese I with engagement in mind. Working closely with her instructional designer, Dr. Shaoyu Chi, she integrated emerging technology with the national standards for language instruction to create a course that immersed her students in culture and communicative practice, all within the Blackboard environment. In recognition of their outstanding work, Shigehisa and Chi were named winners of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program. The award honors members of the educational community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support. JPN 101 also enjoyed a higher honor, a Director’s Choice Award for Courses with Distinction. Watch the video below for an inside look at the course: