Story last updated at 12/3/2008 - 2:01 pm
A group that champions the use of technology in higher education has presented UAS faculty Jason Ohler with an international award.
The Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications Outstanding Work (WOW) award recognizes the innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education.
The University of Alaska Geography Program and the University of Alaska Southeast Stories of Culture and Place program that Ohler began encourages students to create media by telling their own stories.
"In the digital age, being able to just "read" the web, movies and other media does not suffice," said Ohler. "We also must be able to write them if we are to share in their empowerment and critically evaluate their impacts on society."
The statewide project was the main focus of Ohler's five years as a UA president's professor in Juneau, Petersburg, Nome, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Haines, Klukwan and other communities.
Ohler helped students plan, perform and write stories that they converted to new media format using free software.
"I'm very proud of all the work teachers and students did," said Ohler.
Ohler has published a book, Digital Storytelling, and a number of articles. He frequently presents at Alaskan and national education conferences.
View the project's website at www.jasonohler.com/projects/socap.cfm.