SJSU’s SLIS honored with award for online teaching excellence

San José State University’s School of Library and Information Science in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts received the 2013 Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the Web-based Information Science Education consortium. The consortium is made up of Library and Information Science graduate schools in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Michelle Holschuh Simmons was honored for the fourth time for her teaching on information literacy and information resources. Professors are nominated by students in their online courses.  One student said while it can be hard to connect with professors in online courses, Simmons’ “humor and thoughtfulness made me feel as if I was in a classroom, face-to-face with her.”

Dr. Michael Stephens has also been recognized multiple times by WISE for “his ability to bring authenticity, as well as vast knowledge of technology trends, to his online courses.”

Melba Tomeo was recognized for her teaching on the history of youth literature. Students said Tomeo creates a dynamic and interactive environment for them.  “She demonstrates a genuine passion for youth literature, which is very infectious!” one student said in a nomination.

The three instructors teach in the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science program in the School of Library and information Science, where classes are taught exclusively online. The WISE awards were announced at the Association for Library and Information Science Education 2014 conference in Philadelphia.

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