On November 18th Daniel Ouellette, a professor in the Loyalist College Animation program, will attend the Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) ceremony in Toronto as one of three finalists for the Educator of the Year Award. This year’s ceremony includes 14 award categories with a total of 43 finalists from across Canada.
The CNMA program was established in 1999 to promote and celebrate excellence within the digital interactive industry. The awards recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by Canadians, applauding the innovation and creativity of these individuals.
Professor Ouellette received the Educator of the Year award in 2006 and said that, “It’s truly an honour and privilege to be one of the final three for this year’s award. I was completely shocked when I won previously and to make the short list again is unbelievable. There is some excellent competition in the category again this year. I’m very lucky to be able to earn a living doing something I truly love to do.”
The nomination of Professor Ouellette acknowledges the fact that he has integrated courses into an internet-based system he developed. He produces complete on-line courseware for students, incorporating today’s best practices. He has also created more than 100 on-line video tutorials with downloadable material to complement new media courses.
“We always encourage Loyalist faculty to pursue activities and projects within their field, knowing their personal growth benefits not only them, but that it enhances their ability to share current and relevant information with our students,” said Jane Harrison, Acting Dean of the School of Media Studies. “The contemporary learner thrives in an environment of moving images and constant change. Rather than finding this daunting, Dan has embraced this in his course delivery. There’s literally never a dull moment.”
Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332 or Jane Harrison, Acting Dean of the School of Media Studies, ext. 2437