Childers, Coney earn master’s degrees

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Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Two members of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department recently earned master’s degrees at UH Manoa’s spring commencement.

Michael Childers, instructor, marine science, and John Coney, education specialist, marine option program and marine science, were awarded the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Technology (OTEC) while maintaining their full-time jobs at UH Hilo during the three years it took them to complete the program.

“The class was almost entirely online, although we did travel to Honolulu at the beginning of the program and at the end of the first year,” Childers said. “Both trips took place over a long weekend and resulted in us spending about 10 hours a day in class.”

“Technology’s role in education will only continue to grow,” Coney explained. “So discovering innovative ways to integrate emerging technologies with teaching and learning can’t help but make us better educators.”

Childers will be putting what he learned to good use this fall when he teaches an online section of Mare 201, Introduction to Oceanography – Lecture. The class will be taught via Laulima and Blackboard on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6:15 pm. to provide people who work during the day an opportunity to take the class.

“I believe my practical experience on the ocean combined with what I learned in pursuit of my master’s will help make this an interesting and informative course,” Childers said.

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