UH West Oahu's Dr. Linda Randall wins outstanding teaching award

Award honors accomplishment for excellence in online instruction

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 454-4870
Public Info Officer, University of Hawaii - West Oahu
Posted: May 22, 2012

Dr. Linda Randall
Dr. Linda Randall
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu Associate Professor Linda Randall was recently recognized with the Outstanding Teaching with Laulima Innovation Award for her achievement in online instruction. The award honors UH West O‘ahu faculty for their excellent use of technology in the classroom that enhances the student learning experience. Randall will share her course innovation techniques with UH West O‘ahu faculty at a Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence event next fall.
As part of her BUSA 120 Introduction to Business course, Randall facilitated effective online discussions incorporating video and assessment exercises that encouraged students to interact with each other and integrate course materials from the textbook and videos as part of their discussion. The students also participated in exercises that simulate business situations allowing them to take on the role of a manager facing a challenge that applies key business concepts. Randall designed the course around the needs of her students most of whom were freshmen taking a business class for the first time. Using effective online teaching tools, she created a course that kept students constantly engaged and accommodated a variety of learning styles.
“Dr. Linda Randall is one of the shining examples of quality instruction at UH West O‘ahu,” said UH West O‘ahu Chancellor Gene I. Awakuni. “We take pride in offering distance learning instruction of the highest caliber and she does this by using online tools that keep her students engaged and interested in the coursework.”
A resident of Kane‘ohe, Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a doctoral degree in management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a member of several boards and was a member of the Women in Maryland Higher Education, an affiliate of the American Council on Education, and SRS Foundation, which provides scholarships for low-income girls to attend private schools.
At the University of Baltimore in Maryland, Randall led the university’s efforts in creating a new lower division program and reaccreditation as a four-year baccalaureate institution. In addition to holding several leadership positions in higher education, she has published numerous articles and a book on leadership in higher education.
About UH West O‘ahu
UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The campus offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. Construction began in August 2010 on the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art UH West O‘ahu campus in the city of Kapolei. It is expected to serve approximately 2,000 students for fall 2012 classes. For more information, visit uhwo.hawaii.edu, twitter.com/uhwestoahu, facebook.com/uhwestoahu or call 454-4700 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.