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Education professor among three honored for technology leadership

September 11, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Tara Kingsley leads the way in enhancing education through technology.

An assistant professor of education at Indiana University Kokomo, she was the only IU regional campus faculty member honored with the IU Teaching with Canvas Pioneer Award.

She calls the new online learning management program a valuable teaching tool, not only for her, but also for the future educators in her classes.

“My goal is that they will be ready to use these kinds of tools effectively when they have their own classrooms,” she said. “E-learning is becoming the norm in our nation’s classrooms, and Canvas is allowing them to try engaging web tools and reflect on the potential of these technologies for their future classrooms.”

Co-sponsored by the UITS Learning Technologies and the campus centers for teaching and learning, the award is part of efforts to build a community of faculty committed to using the best practices in technology-enhanced teaching and learning, with the transition from Oncourse to the Canvas learning management system.

Three winners were selected, from 40 applicants, with Kingsley chosen from all regional campus applicants. Additional honorees represent IU Bloomington and IUPUI. Each receives a $2,500 award.

She uses the learning management system for all of her classes, and submitted her online children’s literature as an example for the award. The class included group projects, book discussion, and individual work, all completed, turned in, assessed, and discussed through Canvas. It built a sense of community for her class, and allowed her to easily check in and answer questions quickly and be sure her students were on track for success.

Kingsley believes these kinds of projects not only teach the curriculum, but also prepares students to live and work in a global economy, which aligns with IU Kokomo’s strategic plan

“Our students’ future co-workers are just as likely to be across the world as across the room,” she said. “Working and learning together online gives them the experience they need.”

Her leadership in education also earned recognition from the International Literacy Association, which included an article she co-authored with Melissa Grabner-Hagen, assistant professor of educational psychology, in the open access issue of The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy for the academic year. She also was invited to participate in a podcast interview with the publisher of this prestigious scholarly journal.

Kingsley’s classes align with IU Kokomo’s strategic priorities, including preparing students for a 21st century global economy by delivering innovative and relevant academic programs.

It also supports several priorities in IU’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including re-imagining education.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 09/11/2015