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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nam selected as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

PLATTEVILLE-University of Wisconsin-Platteville assistant professor of imaging media, Sang Um Nam has an interest in scholarly research on mass media and a drive to consistently improve his teaching methods. Because of this, he was recently bestowed the title of Wisconsin Teaching Fellow.

"It was such an honor to be selected as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow. I was very glad to find out that my interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning research was recognized by UW-Platteville," said Nam.

"I'm not surprised Sang was selected for the award. He's shown energy and initiative since his first semester at UWP, and he's been especially energetic in honing his teaching skills, said Arthur Ranney, chair of the department of communication technologies.

One untenured faculty from each UW system School is selected as a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow. These individuals display strong potential to become outstanding instructors. As part of the program, fellows design, complete and share a research project relating to the best practice on student learning.

Nam's research involves how mass media affects generation next and how their online behavior, especially on social sites like MySpace and Facebook, reflects the nature of their existence. The goals of his research are to help students focus on their studies while having class in a computer lab, help students lead other students to follow course material without being distracted by unnecessary computer usage, help students utilize online communities as a tool to promote what they've learned from various classes and convert students' usage of online communities to a positive learning experience for globalization and diversity.

"I think if anyone can manage to turn social networking sites into a positive force in the classroom, Sang can. Sang's bright and creative, and his students respond well to him. I look forward to the results of his research," said Ranney.

Nam is already starting to integrate new media in his teaching methods. To provide students with a more accessible learning environment he recently started digitizing video and DVD clips so that students can watch them on portable media players like iPods.

"I try to change my teaching style very often ... I'm very excited to imagine my students watching my lectures on their iPod anywhere, anytime," said Nam.

In addition to using new media, Nam challenges his students to produced exceptional works. "I want them to want more. There's no limit in learning and I want my students to demand more from my classes. I want my students to be better than just okay. I expect them to have the same attitude towards their class work as their life eventually," stated Nam.

Contact: Sang Um Nam, assistant professor, imaging media, (608) 342-1180, Written by: Krystle Kurdi, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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