Professor recognized for online work

Professor Betty Rambur was recently awarded the 2013 Sloan Consortium Excellence in Online Teaching Award.  

Rambur was given this award based on the fact that she is a “pioneer in teaching online” according to dean of Continuing Education Cynthia Belliveau, who nominated Rambur for the award. 

Rambur, a professor of health policy and nursing at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is the instructor of a degree completion program for Resident nurses (RN’s) who wish to receive their Bachelor’s Degree. 

Over the past three years, Rambur has designed, developed and taught five online graduate and undergraduate courses. 

These programs are a part of UVM’s Continuing Education and Distance Learning programs. 

Continuing Education and Distance Learning are incredibly valuable because they use contemporary technology to help students work together and learn new things, Rambur said.

One of her main goals is to create a dynamic, interesting and exciting learning environment by using the power of multimedia to create a dynamic learning environment, she said.

A graduate student of Rambur’s Robyn Gonzales said she was impressed with her professor’s teaching. 

“The high-quality of the online discussions, plus the utilization of multiple sources of information, helped students achieve the learning outcomes of the courses in new and exciting ways,” she said. 

Belliveau commented on Rambur’s dedication to this goal, adding that Rambur truly cares that her students learn, and will go to ends to make sure of this.

Rambur’s classes are only a small part of the vast array of programs offered by the Continuing and Distance Education Program. UVM’s Center for Teaching and Learning have converted over 200 courses online, Belliveau said. 

The Continuing and Distance Education Program is an important aspect of the UVM community according to both Rambur and Belliveau

“It opens up intellectual research to a broader array of people of people,” Rambur said.  

Of Rambur’s award, Beliveau said it makes a statement about the program’s importance.

“The award that Professor Rambur received is an example of how our university is on the right path for community and distance education,” Belliveau said.