May 2, 2016  

Thumbs Up: Vincent Hornbach, Kevin O'Shea and Lisa Bittles

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Vincent Hornbach, Kevin O'Shea and Lisa Bittles. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
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Editor's note: Since 2010, Purdue Today has invited faculty and staff to recognize the good work of others on campus through its weekly "Thumbs Up" feature. The newsletter periodically will publish an expanded version of this popular feature in an effort to further call attention to employees' excellent work.

Robin Cunningham, associate director of distance learning and degree programs in Digital and Professional Education,
recognizes Vincent Hornbach, video production lead for Purdue NExT in Digital and Professional Education; Kevin O'Shea, manager of innovations in teaching and learning in ITaP; and Lisa Bittles, senior instructional designer and training specialist in Human Resources.

Cunningham writes:

"Digital and Professional Education recently committed to a staff training program in an effort to help prepare for changes that are forecasted for our area. To reward and recognize our staff for their participation and hard work, we have developed digital badges to award staff if they are able to complete challenges to demonstrate what they are learning. Our office has been fortunate to have resources on campus to support our effort, and Lisa Bittles, Kevin O'Shea and Vincent Hornbach have been more than willing to help develop a staff training program that recognizes employees for their efforts.

"Lisa is conducting a series of four training sessions. She has been able to help customize the training to meet the needs of our group. Kevin has helped set up the electronic badges and trained us on use of a new classroom application called Passport. We have been able to use this Purdue-created technology to set up challenges. Upon successful completion of the challenges, Passport then awards our staff with digital badges. 

"Vincent has designed the digital badges that we are using. He has amazing artistic and technical talent to create these. We are very fortunate at Purdue to have a community of talented people that are willing to help us to make this training happen and to find a way to reward our staff for their work. Thank you all!" 

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