Pierce instructor wins national online learning award

Janine Hornung accepts Quality Matters award. Janine Hornung accepts Quality Matters award.

For those who know her, it’s no surprise that Pierce College professor, Janine Hornung collected a 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award when the Quality Matters (QM) Program held its 5th Annual Conference dedicated to Online Learning this month in Nashville, Tenn.
Hornung’s students and fellow faculty members use a lot of superlatives when describing her.

“The class was excellent, more than I expected.”

“Her knowledge of this topic oozes from everything she does and says.”

“It is a privilege for me to have her as my mentor.”

“She has tons of energy to go the extra mile for her students.”

Hornung, who is a Pierce Military Program professor, received one of two awards for Outstanding Impact by an Individual.

The honors go to a person who champions the Quality Matters process and makes “significant contributions to students’ online experience through instructional design, faculty professional development or related initiatives,” according to the organization.

Quality Matters is a quality assurance organization, which Pierce is part of along with more than 800 other technical colleges, colleges, universities, K-12 schools and systems, government entities, corporations and other institutions.

Hornung, who in addition to teaching online for the Military Program, teaches at the Military Program’s McChord Field location.

James Johnson, special assistant program manager for the Pierce military program, adds to the praise for Hornung’s work.

“For one thing, she’s extremely passionate about her discipline,” he said.

The course she has a special love for and that this award was based on is Oceanography 101, he said.

She’s created other online courses, too, such as biology and English. “She’s moved way beyond the minimum level,” Johnson said. “She maintains and monitors excellence in delivery – how she set up the courses, how she interacts with students. She does make an impact with students.”

“And she’s constantly striving to improve.”

Hornung is not only an exciting and engaging instructor for the students, but she’s an online course facilitator – a certified instructor, helping others apply the QM rubric.

“She’s a key member of our quality assurance team,” Johnson said. The quality between online courses and on-campus courses should be the identical.

The QM rubric contains 41 standards that online courses should meet. Johnson said Hornung’s QM Certifications means that she could be asked to review or chair a review of an online course for any SBCTC (Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges) member, or national QM member institution. This year, she’s assigned as a mentor to 10 other instructors.

The quotes at the beginning were collected from student evaluations and peer faculty members. It’s also clear from her peers that one of Hornung’s strengths is collegiality.

From one peer: “I have been the personal recipient of Jan Hornung’s skill and dedication to Quality Matters. Jan has been key to understanding what makes online classes work and what doesn’t. She shared QM lore, taught me the general concepts and drilled down to the details. Jan has also spent a great deal of time working with the faculty as a group delivering lessons, anecdotes and insight. Jan is one of the reasons the Pierce Military program is outstanding.”

More information: www.qualitymatters.org

One Response to Pierce instructor wins national online learning award

  1. Steve N says:

    Jan is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces, past and present. She knows where she started and what it takes. In a few short weeks, one will not only appreciate her academic lessons in class or online, they will also know she will help you to understand the course objectives and how it may relate to your degree. Another quality worth mentioning.

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