Craig Tapley named Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award winner

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Graham-Buffett Master Lecturer of Finance Dr. Craig Tapley was named the recipient of the 2010 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award.

The award is given annually to the professor at the Warrington College of Business Administration whose teaching best exemplified the use of technology over the past year.

“Craig is a clear leader in implementing cutting-edge technology in the classroom and, of increasing importance these days, outside the classroom in pursuit of the best possible method of facilitating learning,” said Dr. William A. Bomberger, Chair of the College’s Information Resources Committee that gives the award. “The Warrington College of Business Administration is fortunate to have such a committed and effective instructor.”

Dr. Tapley made an impact this past year in Business Finance 3403, an electronic platform available to online students pursuing an undergraduate business degree. In conjunction with the College’s Information Technology staff, Dr. Tapley’s lectures were streamed in real time. He previously had his lectures recorded and made available for students to view on their computers. Dr. Tapley also had a teaching assistant monitor a computer program in class that allowed for simultaneous communication with multiple messaging systems. This allowed students not able to attend the live lectures to contribute questions in real time.

“I want to thank the committee, and all of my colleagues, for the honor of being chosen as the recipient of the 2010 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award,” Dr. Tapley said. “I worked closely with Judy when she first got here to revamp our introductory finance course (FIN 3403), so this is a special honor for me.”

The Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award was established in memory of Judy Fisher, Ph.D. She joined the faculty in January 2001 as an Instructional Technologist, and was the first person ever employed by Warrington to bridge the gap between the faculty and technology staff. As a unit highly dependent on advanced technologies, Fisher’s background (a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, coupled with more than 25 years of business consulting in instructional design) enabled her to have a profound effect on teaching with technology. The College is proud to honor Fisher, who passed away in July 2007, and her many contributions to our teaching and learning environment through this annual award.