Mentor David Starr-Glass, International Programs, Wins UMUC Provost’s Award
By David Starr-Glass, mentor, Prague Program, Center for International Programs
July 7, 2014
David Starr-Glass, mentor and instructor in business administration with International Programs (Prague), also is an adjunct faculty member with the European Division of University of Maryland University College, where he teaches online distance learning courses in management.
Starr-Glass is committed to developing a better understanding of the dynamics of online learning and consistently uses research to advance that understanding. One of his research projects has just been awarded the 2014 UMUC Provost’s Award for Best Paper in Online Educational Research. The research, “Promoting online learner satisfaction through appreciative inquiry,” examined the impact of designing and facilitating an online management course using an appreciation inquiry approach, which promotes and sustains positive affectivity and collaboration in the learning environment. Results showed that the satisfaction of learners, who were service members of the U.S. military, was significantly improved when positive affectivity was consistently used and reinforced in the learning environment.
Starr-Glass has been honored to receive the UMUC Provost’s Award twice before, in 2012 (“Learner perceptions of distance in an online course – revisiting Moore’s theory”) and in 2009 (“Instructor authenticity in mediating a sense of online community”). The award was particularly poignant this year because due to new policies that require online instructors to reside in the U.S., Starr-Glass will no longer be working with UMUC.