Jason Rhode, assistant director of NIUâ€™s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has received the 2008 SLATE Star Award.
Rhode has made tremendous contributions to the group and Web-based education through his innovative workshops on state-of-the-art Web-based technologies, engaging tutorials and a willingness to share his expertise and experience with others.
SLATE is the Midwest Blackboard Users Group created from the concept that all institutions deploying and/or currently using Web-based components to enhance their teaching and learning activities, have the same questions, the same challenges and the need for the same solutions.
A broader and more accessible and dynamic support system can be established by drawing together the expertise of the people involved in the entire academic experience and those designing, supporting and using these applications: faculty, support staff, systems administrators, instructional designers, librarians and students.
Current membership comes from K-12, higher education and the corporate sector.
SLATE currently has 60 participating regional and global institutions among K-12, higher education and the corporate sector; NIU is one of the eight core institutions that established SLATE in 2002. The group meets each month at a participating institution to share best practices in web-based education and challenges.
The SLATE Star Award â€œwas established in 2004 as a way to recognize an individual who has shown leadership, demonstrated initiatives, presented new ideas, improved procedures, established effective relationships or provided substantial resources that have affected the success and promotion of SLATE, the educational experience and/or the general Blackboard Community of Practice.â€