The Canadian Association of University Teachers of German and GermanStudies.ca has awarded James Skidmore (chair of Germanic and Slavic Studies) the ‘German Online’ (GO) award for his online learning course, German Thought & Culture (GER 271/272). Covering German cultural history from its beginnings all the way to the 21st century, Skidmore’s course is lauded by the GO award selection committee for its “extremely rich and flexible learning environment that supports learning in multiple ways.”
"The course would not have earned this recognition without the help and support of the department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, the Center for Extended Learning, the Centre for Teaching Excellence, UW-ACE/LEARN, and the Library," Skidmore emphasizes. The cooperation among these key groups, he says, “provides a full learning environment that students respond well to.”
"GER 271/272 uses online technologies in the most targeted, effective, and appealing manner. It employs new communication technologies in a thoughtful, pedagogically sound, and productive way and can be considered a model for long distance education in the field of German Studies," states the GO award announcement.