Three University of Central Florida employee teams were honored recently for their creativity and ability to save taxpayers’ money.
The employees received the Prudential Productivity Awards at a luncheon Thursday organized by Florida TaxWatch, a nonpartisan and nonprofit government watchdog.
The teams were the creators of the Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, a program that suggests changes to online classes to make them accessible for students with disabilities; two designers who developed a course for faculty on how to create, manage and teach online classes; and two employees who made Quiz Extensions, a computer program that helps professors efficiently provide qualified disabled students extended time on their quizzes and tests
The awards went to:
UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning, which assists faculty teaching online classes, and its UDOIT group worked with professors who suggested changes to improve online classes for students with disabilities. UDOIT’s program has saved faculty hours of work.
Previously “I would spend two, three, maybe more hours evaluating one course,” Tinsley-Kim said. “Now, I can go start to finish within an hour.”
“It was not keeping in contact with graduates of the course and providing them with current information,” Bastedo said.
About 3 percent of UCF’s 64,000 students qualify for extra time under the American with Disabilities Act.
“Saving the faculty time on administrative tasks allows them to engage more with students and work on the teaching and learning process rather than worrying about logistics,” Raible said.