Of five NSM faculty members recently recognized with prestigious university faculty awards for 2007, three associate professors are longtime users of the college’s VNET system. Rigoberto Advincula, chemistry; Peter Copeland, geosciences; and Jaspal Subhlok, computer science, all use the online portal system as an indispensable teaching tool for their respective courses.
Advincula was recognized with the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award for his work in polymer materials and nanoscience research and for his commitment to mentoring students. Copeland received the Provost’s Core Award for teaching excellence in a core curriculum course, while Subhlok was acknowledged for hybridizing traditional classroom teaching and online course lectures. Each received $5,000 and a trophy or plaque.
Each relies on VNET’s VCLASS application to help distribute various course materials — ranging from PDF files to streaming course videos — to their students. With just a few clicks, the faculty members can record their course lectures, then save and upload the videos to the Web for near-immediate accessibility by their students. The system quickly has become a valuable tool for students for reviewing course content.
For more information about the VNET portal system, visit http://vnet.uh.edu.