Johdi Quinn, a lecturer in Spanish at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has been awarded the Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning by the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA).
The award was presented at the EdTech Conference in Dublin on Thursday 26 May in recognition of her work in developing language and intercultural learning for her students using Skype exchanges.
Johdi’s project, ‘Skype’s the limit’ involved direct collaboration between DkIT and a partner university in Colombia with students in both countries engaging in weekly class-based Skype sessions throughout the semester. The academic programme was specifically designed to enable students to develop their language skills in a more authentic setting, enabling real-time interactions with native Spanish speakers.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive the Jennifer Burke Award,” said Jodi.
“As a lecturer in Spanish, I am continually looking for new ways to engage students with language learning. With the help of technology, I was able to bring the process of learning Spanish to life for my students by allowing them to connect with peers in another part of the world.
“Students became energised by the learning process and immersed themselves in a rich cultural and linguistic experience, which was incredibly rewarding to witness as an educator.”
Head of Learning and Teaching at DkIT, Moira Maguire said:
“I am delighted that Johdi has been recognised by ILTA and her peers for her commitment to enhancing the learning experience for students by embracing technology. Johdi is an excellent lecturer who cares deeply about the learning outcomes of her students. This award is a remarkable achievement that is truly well deserved.”