UHV Professors Participate in Faculty Showcase

Representing the University of Houston-Victoria, Dr. Richard Gunasekara and Dr. Barba Patton were among UH System faculty members who gave presentations at the recent 2006 UH Faculty Showcase. The event is an opportunity for faculty from different disciplines and campuses to present teaching innovations they have successfully implemented in their courses. Gunasekara and Patton both gave breakout session presentations that highlighted their use of Internet-based applications.


Gunasekera spoke on his undergraduate forensic science course that makes use of WebCT resources. As a science, forensics requires laboratory practical exams and field trips to actual crime scenes. But with the assistance of instructional design staff, he was able to design an interactive crime scene online from an actual rape and murder homicide case and create practical exams that were carried out by students in lab locations in Victoria, Sugar Land, or at home (like isolating DNA at home from fish or a banana).


Patton spoke of the use of Adobe Breeze Meeting software to coordinate synchronous meetings between education students and the Center for Academic Excellence. By utilizing the meeting feature of Breeze, students are able to participate in center-sponsored study sessions from their home or office.


“One of the key factors that allows UHV to reach so many students in and outside the Golden Crescent is our faculty’s embrace of the latest technologies available to educators,” said UHV President Tim Hudson. “I am certain those who attended these presentations left with useful insight into tools they can put to use in their own courses.”


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The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.