Librarian recognized for excellence in online teaching

Posted March 27, 2013

ACU’s Dr. Carisse Berryhill, professor of library science and associate dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and University Archives, is the winner of the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award for the third year. Along with this 2012 award, she received recognition in 2007 and 2009.

Berryhill began teaching an online course on Theological Librarianship in 2005 as a collaboration between The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and The American Theological Library Association. The latter organization recruited Berryhill to teach the course and helped her develop course content. 

“Because creating online community is very important, I ask students to reflect on what online behaviors might encourage or discourage class community while appreciating diversity,” says Berryhill.

“Her foresight in course design and delivery paired with her deeply nurturing approach to teaching make the entire semester a delight," one of Berryhill's students told the award committee. "She is passionate and articulate about her subject, generous of time and spirit and committed to her students' growth in knowledge about the profession.”

About WISE Pedagogy

WISE Pedagogy is an initiative of the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium to help faculty and doctoral students develop effective online teaching practices within the context of Library Information schools (LIS) education. Through online and face-to-face workshops and resources, WISE Pedagogy seeks to provide LIS instructors with information on successful strategies and guide them through the process of developing their own sound pedagogical practices.

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