Web-based Information Science Education

  The WISE Insider, Spring 2008, Volume 2, Issue 2

WISE Consortium Welcomes
Manchester Metropolitan University

The WISE Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of a 15th institutional member, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.

The Department of Information & Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University has long been at the forefront of LIS Graduate and Undergraduate Course provision in the UK. With professionally accredited LIS curricula, MMU attracts staff and students globally, and graduates are placed in key positions in Library and Information Management sectors in the UK and beyond.

In addition to contributions from research units, including the Center for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM), The Information Research Institute (TIRI), and the Learn Higher Information Literacy Project, MMU’s presence benefits the entire LIS Community in the UK. Recently, the school was awarded UK Government status of "Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning" (a CETL) and the school’s teaching spaces and technologies have undergone renovation and updating. Manchester Metropolitan’s WISE Program leader, Bob Glass, notes, “Joining WISE comes at exactly the right time for us; we are excited, enthusiastic and ready to make a real contribution to the scheme.”

Bob Glass reports, “This is a really exciting opportunity both for our school and for our graduate students. The educational opportunities and access to resources provided by this online union are second to none. We look forward to working with the staff and students who are members of the consortium to provide a really exciting range of courses and resources.”

WISE Faculty Awards - 2007

On Tuesday, January 8, 2008, WISE recognized seven faculty representing seven different WISE member schools with the presentation of the WISE Awards for Excellence in Online Education. Faculty selected for the award received nominations from one or more WISE students at an institution other than the instructor’s home institution, based on their instructional style in one or more WISE courses taught between Spring 2007 and Fall 2007.

Tomas Lipinski – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Linda Braun – Simmons College
Ian MacInnes – Syracuse University
Ellen Detlefsen – University of Pittsburgh
Judah Hamer – Rutgers University
Carisse Berryhill – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Mary Minow – San Jos State University

“The Excellence in Online Education Awards are unique because they are the first awards where students from one program vote on a teaching award for faculty at a different university,” says Syracuse University Associate Provost Bruce Kingma, who co-founded the consortium. “Cross-institutional initiatives like this show the growth of WISE as a consortium and provide a forum for the faculty winners to share success stories across all of the member institutions.”

The WISE Excellence in Online Education Awards were presented at the WISE pedagogical workshop, which took place at ALISE conference. Award recipients contributed their own ideas for best practices on topics like organization, communication, and use of multimedia formats, which were then presented at the workshop and compiled for inclusion in the WISE pedagogy webpage, which can be viewed online at http://www.wisepedagogy.com/docs/Best_Practices_2007.pdf.

ALISE Pedagogy Workshop

Philly Free Library

Philadelphia Free Library, site of 2008
WISE Administrative Meeting

On Tuesday, January 8, 2008, the third annual WISE workshop, Best Practices for Online Pedagogy: Preparing WISE Scholars, was held at the Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The workshop, which featured the presentation of the WISE awards for Excellence in Online Education, drew a record number of attendees representing schools from across the globe.

Participants enjoyed presentations on the pros and cons of new technology, effective online teaching, and translating classroom activities for the online curriculum. The presentation culminated in a breakout session where attendees were able to actively engage in discussion with the WISE leadership, presenters, and other colleagues.

Faculty and administrators from many WISE schools participated in the workshop, including recipients of the 2007 WISE award for Excellence in Online Education Ellen Detlefsen (University of Pittsburgh) and Linda Braun (Simmons College). Professors Detlefsen and Braun presented best practices used in their WISE courses including the promotion of a safe, comfortable, and respectful learning environment, and the use of innovative media such as Skype, screencasts, and podcasts in class. Materials from the workshop are available online.

Breakout session at the 2008 WISE Pedagogy Training Session
at ALISE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thank you to all who presented and attended the workshop, to co-sponsors from the ALISE Distance Education Special Interest Group, and to WISE staff from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for making the event a success.

As of Spring, 2008, 429 students will have
participated in 267 WISE courses.