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Meet a Roadrunner: Heather Williams, UTSA Libraries instructional designer

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(April 16, 2013) --Meet Heather Williams. She's so dedicated to her job that sometimes she gets out of bed in the middle of the night to jot down thoughts for projects.

As an instructional designer for the UTSA Libraries, she takes traditional classroom content and transforms it into online tutorials that combine text, graphics, videos, animation and quizzes.

Williams has created tutorials for many departments at UTSA including the Teaching and Learning Center, and the physics and psychology departments. The topics range from cultural competency to presentation skills.

Williams, who has worked at the UTSA Libraries for two years, sees limitless possibilities to online learning. She believes it doesn't take the place of in-person teaching; it amplifies it.

This Roadrunner has always loved computers, and this position puts all her best qualities to work.

"When you have a job that you're continually thinking about, I think it says a lot about how much you enjoy and are dedicated to your profession."

Do you know someone who's totally and utterly dedicated to UTSA? Email us at social@utsa.edu. Your submission might be used for the next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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