The Department of Learning Design & Technology (LTEC) held its annual networking event, LTEC Connections, on October 12, 2019 in the Andrew W.S. In College Collaboration Center. This year’s theme was “To LTEC and Beyond.” About 75 LTEC alumni, current master’s and PhD students, as well as faculty attended the fun-filled catered event.
Among the festivities, Drs. Seungoh Paek and Dan Hoffman led a “What does LTEC Mean to You?” activity and distinguished alumni were honored with the LTEC Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes outstanding alumni who have contributed to their field through professional excellence and significant career achievements, inspirational leadership, or innovative service benefiting their communities. This year’s recipients are Dr. Peter Leong (left) and Dr. Hong Ngo (right).
Dr. Peter Leong
Peter Leong has proven himself as an exceptional LTEC professor for over a decade. He teaches in both the Masters and Doctoral programs to rave reviews from his students. As a reflection of his outstanding teaching, in 2012, Peter was a recipient of the prestigious UH Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching Award. Peter has been an innovator in the use of virtual worlds in education and coordinates the department’s annual virtual graduation. Peter believes in service learning and giving back to the community. A significant service event that Peter organized was the Minecraft Feast: Feeding the Minds and Bodies of our Homeless Keiki, a project on the Leeward coast for homeless youth that provided a meal and hands-on experiences with Minecraft.
Dr. Hong Ngo
Hong Ngo is an alumna from both the LTEC Masters and PhD programs and also has a master’s in educational administration. She is currently an instructional designer for the University of Hawai‘i System Office and most recently co-designed, developed, and facilitated the UH Online 5-Week Summer Professional Development course in which she was responsible for the completion of 13 courses. Hong has authored a number of published articles and is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology and for Quality Matters. She is also currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for the book, Collaborative Strategies for Implementing Equitable Learning Opportunities.