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UW’s Dousay Honored by Instructional Technology Organization

September 21, 2015
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Tonia Dousay

University of Wyoming College of Education faculty member Tonia Dousay’s work to enhance the online student learning experience has received national recognition from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

Dousay’s submission, “Fostering Student Autonomy and Engagement in an Online Course,” received the 2015 AECT Division of Distance Learning Best Practice Award. It acknowledges “outstanding contribution to the scholarship and knowledge base” of instructional technology.

The AECT will honor Dousay and other award winners at its annual convention in Indianapolis in November.

“It is an absolute honor to be recognized for following best practices of the field in which we teach,” says Dousay, assistant professor of instructional technology. “By implementing the very research we conduct and review in our classes, we're reinforcing the practical application of what sometimes feels like abstract or theoretical concept.”

“Dr. Dousay’s creativity, experiential learning activities and academic knowledge bring everything together for her students,” says Mary Alice Bruce, UW Department of Professional Studies head. “We are so proud that her professional colleagues recognize what we see every day: extraordinary teaching and learning.”

The AECT is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. Members work in colleges and universities as well as military branches, industry and different nonprofit settings.

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