Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch, Ph.D. and Tara Toscano, MA, faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences, recently received the award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching with Technology. The award was handed out virtually during the 2022 UN Digital Learning Showcase on May 10, where the two winners then gave well-attended presentations on experiential remote learning opportunities and grading strategies. humanizing and effective in online courses.
Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch, Ph.D.
Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Chair of the MALT Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Tocaimaza-Hatch was nominated for substantial online course development at the graduate and university levels, particularly in the Master of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) and the Heritage/Bilingual Concentration of the Spanish major.
Many of its new courses use open educational resources (OER) and allow for asynchronous interaction between students and guest lecturers. Most impressively, his courses often include service learning; for example, students graduating from his courses contributed research and ideas for a virtual walk around Omaha that featured important civil rights sites.
Tara Toscano, MA
Tara Toscano is a Spanish Instructor and Coordinator of the Spanish Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Toscano’s nominations highlighted his leadership in the development of the entire sequence of Basic Spanish Courses and the Online Spanish Minor. She inspired quality online teaching throughout the program and is considered the department’s go-to resource for help in this area.
Toscano’s courses use a number of innovative teaching tools, including Flipgrid, Padlet and Talk-Abroad. She has also created substantial humanizing elements in her courses, such as liquid lesson plans, and uses OER materials for increased access and affordability for students.
About the price: The Outstanding Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award, sponsored by ITS Digital Learning, is awarded each spring semester to faculty members who have implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches that have been shown to increase the learning, engagement and student success. Innovative teaching is broadly defined and can include:
• the use of new educational technologies or the use of traditional technologies in a creative way
• the adoption of teaching strategies that evolve through the use of technology
• adopting tools or integrations that engage students in the learning process
• 2021 – Melissa Cast-Brede, Ph.D. (CEHHS) and Jody Boyer (CFAM)
• 2020 – Jeff Bredthauer, Ph.D. (ABC)
• 2019 – Erica Rose (CEHHS)