EWC's Instructional Technologist Wins Award at Wydec Conference
June 2, 2005
(Torrington, WY) Various Eastern Wyoming College faculty and staff traveled to Powell, WY, May 24-25 to the Wyoming Distance Education Consortium (WyDEC) Spring 2005 Conference. This conference is dedicated to best practices in teaching distance education classes and delivering services to distance education students.
WyDEC includes representatives from the seven Wyoming community colleges, the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Public Television, and the Wyoming Community College Commission.
The mission of WyDEC is to coordinate the delivery of quality, cost-effective, innovative distance education programs and courses. This is WyDEC's fifth best practices conference.
Aaron Bahmer, EWC's Instructional Technologist/Web Page Specialist, was awarded the Master Distance Educator Award. Aaron has been EWC's Instructional Technologist for four years and taught on campus for three years before that. He currently delivers two online courses and facilitates the design and delivery of online courses at EWC. He is the WebCT administrator and also manages the EWC website. Aaron holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in Instructional Technology.
Aaron was selected for this award because of his expertise in developing well-designed and interactive online courses. He is an expert at using WebCT and a variety of multimedia tools. His courses address multiple learning styles, and he encourages reflective thinking on the student's part. His lessons within the courses are visually pleasing, presented clearly and concisely. He encourages interaction with the students with the use of discussion questions, chatrooms, and even teleconferences.
Dr. Dee Ludwig, EWC's Associate Dean of Instruction commented, "Aaron is always willing to share what he has learned with others and perhaps it is this latter quality that the faculty and staff appreciate the most."
"As an adjunct faculty for EWC, this was quite an honor," comments Bahmer. "The EWC Distance Learning Committee had two other, well-qualified nominees."