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OSU professor demonstrates leadership in information technology development education

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

By Emily Kilian, Spears School Communications intern

(STILLWATER, Okla.– Aug. 27, 2008) – Marilyn Kletke, Oklahoma State University professor of management science and information systems, has been selected as a Faculty Advocate for Pearson Prentice Hall’s myitlab, an online assessment and training solution for Microsoft Office 2007 and other computer concepts.
“Today’s students cannot live without becoming computer savvy,” Kletke said. “They will use a computer in their everyday interactions, and they will fall behind and be ineffective without the ability to use a computer. Myitlab helps students become computer literate and functional in their daily lives.”
As one of 50 Faculty Advocates for myitlab, Kletke serves as a trainer, facilitator and resource for faculty nationwide regarding the program. The only Faculty Advocate in Oklahoma, Kletke was chosen for her abilities and enthusiasm. Her selection as Faculty Advocate demonstrates OSU’s leadership role in information technology development education.
“By being selected as a Faculty Advocate, I can leverage my impact on students in Oklahoma and in 49 other states,” Kletke said. “This is good for OSU and good for our students.”
Kletke completed specialized training to become a Faculty Advocate in Boston June 26-29, and is now a point of contact for other faculty using myitlab across the country.
“I will answer questions from faculty and will help new schools adopt myitlab,” Kletke said. “Myitlab helps professors deliver their courses on Microsoft Office 2007 in an easy, effective and customized manner.”  
Kletke said she began using myitlab in her MSIS 2103 course this summer because the previously used tool was not upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007 effectively. Kletke’s fall 2008 sections of MSIS 2103, with more than 600 students, are now using myitlab to become familiar with Microsoft Office 2007. Students have 20 assignments to teach them how to use tools and features in Microsoft Office 2007.
“I wanted students to enjoy learning,” Kletke said. “The previous tool wasn’t effective in doing this, so I switched.”
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