Rajeev Bukralia, director of libraries and assistant professor with the College of Education at Black Hills State University, recently received an e-learning award from the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Bukralia was one of four faculty members from South Dakota’s public university system to earn recognition from the Board of Regents for delivering quality instruction by distance.

To be eligible for the Board of Regents’ Recognition Awards for E-Learning, the university course must have been completed in the 2006 calendar year and delivered by interactive video or the Internet. “Students today demand flexibility in program structure to meet their educational needs,” said Sam Gingerich, the Regents’ chief academic officer. “These awards showcase some of our system’s best instructors and staff, who have deployed technology effectively in the design of quality learning experiences.”

Bukralia was honored for the course he teaches in Library Media & Technology (ED 431/531). Other winners of the e-learning awards were:

  • Teresa Seefeldt, South Dakota State University, who earned the “best overall” award for her Medications and Wellness (PHA 201) course.
  • Karen Card, University of South Dakota, for a Principles of Postsecondary Education (AHED 720) course.
  • Jill Schoen, Northern State University, for a course in Psychopathology and Diagnosis (CGPS 737).

The first-ever Staff Recognition Award was presented to Haomin Wang, Dakota State University. Wang is manager of instructional technology for E-Education Services at DSU and an associate professor of instructional technology at the Madison campus.

Each faculty award winner received a $1,000 cash award, and Seefeldt, as the best overall winner, received an additional $1,000 award. Wang received a $500 cash award. The five award winners were recognized by the Regents at their regular business meeting this week in Aberdeen.

Bukralia received his bachelor in science in chemistry and biology and post-graduate degree in book publishing from the University of Delhi, India. He holds a master of science in information systems from Dakota State University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in information systems. He also has industry certifications in various computer technologies such as ColdFusion and C++.

In addition to his duties as director of libraries and assistant professor, Bukralia serves as chair for the online undergraduate minor in library media. He received the Outstanding University Service Award at BHSU in 2004 and led the library to the Outstanding University Area Award in 2006. Through his work in educating underprivileged youth, Bukralia has represented India at many conferences in Europe, Asia, and the United States. His research interests include library technologies and knowledge management.