Teachers applauded for innovative approach

The 2020 Australian Awards for University Teachers has applauded the work of several Flinders educators who have received citations for making outstanding contributions to student learning.

Dr Masha Smallhorn, from the College of Science and Engineering, received a citation for engaging large first-year cohorts in biological sciences through research-informed, inquiry-based learning practical sessions. It notes that her re-design of practicals from a traditional recipe-based approach to a guided inquiry-based approach has led to improved student learning outcomes and increased student success rates.

The Environmental Health Team – comprising Associate Professor Kirstin Ross, Professor Howard Fallowfield and Dr Harriet Whiley, from the College of Science and Engineering – received a citation for creating creative curricula that targets engagement through contemporary cultural hooks and innovative teaching practices, accessible online engagement and strong industry engagement that ensures graduates are ready and confident to meet workforce expectations.

The Work Integrated Learning in Sport team, comprising Dr Deb Agnew and Associate Professor Shane Pill, from the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, was applauded for its use of an integrated model of international WIL for Sport that has enhanced the student experience while delivering the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity through such endeavours as international student placements.

Recipients of the 2020 Australian Awards for University Teaching were formally announced via video on Wednesday 24 February by Professor Deborah Terry, Chair of Universities Australia, and Professor Angela Carbone, Director of the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

“We would like to acknowledge the significant amount of time and effort that all nominees have put towards developing their applicants, and to the 165 assessors who generously devoted their time to make considered, tough and often difficult decisions,” says Professor Carbone. “Without their continued commitment, dedication and passion, a celebration like this would not be possible.”

Recording of the announcements can be viewed on the Universities Australia AAUT-UA website.

AAUT will soon be arranging an SA-based event to recognise all the excellent teachers, the 2020 Australian Awards for University Teaching round recipients.

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