UWS Academics receive citation for outstanding contributions to student learning
Dr Catherine Attard - School of Education
For boosting confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards teaching and learning of mathematics through an engaging, active learning approach integrated into the curriculum.
Dr Attard's outstanding contributions to student learning within UWS and beyond are the results of modelling 'best practice' curriculum and pedagogy with knowledge, enthusiasm and passion to students, colleagues and the teaching community. Dr Attard combines and models theory and practice, and provides relevant strategies through an active, constructivist learning approach. Dr Attard has lead major curriculum renewal informed by up-to-date knowledge of the field and drawing on her own research on student engagement.
Dr Gu Fang - School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
For curriculum development using research-led contents and authentic engaging project-based assessments in robotics, reflecting a deep understanding of professional skills required in engineering.
Dr Gu applies expertise in robotic and mechatronic engineering to develop authentic and engaging project-based curricular and learning resources. He uses a reflective approach to continually review and improve learning design based on student feedback and self-evaluation of his teaching, resulting in excellent student feedback and results. His passion in research-led course design inspires students to undertake research studies and encourages them to their full potential, often including publication and winning awards.
Mr Roman Goik - School of Humanities and Communication Arts
For effective and innovative leadership in the development of an academic literacy support program and iPad app for first year students transitioning to university.
Since 2010 Mr Goik continues to develop and refine Academic Literacy Week, a successful program that aims to support academic expectations for first year students. In response to pre/post student survey findings, he has developed a self-paced learning resource through the creation of an Academic Literacy Support iPad app. High student evaluation and peer and institutional recognition are evidence of his significant contribution to student learning and reflect his command of the field.
Dr Jane Hunter and Ms Kaylene Kritharides - School of Education
For outstanding innovation in teaching Human Society and Its Environment to primary teacher education students with a view to creating inspirational next generation classroom practitioners.
Exceptional learning and teaching methods used by 'the team' in the unit, Human Society and Its Environment, are made possible through motivational blended approaches that integrate 'cutting-edge' practices, technology tools and digital resources that influence, inspire and engage students both personally and professionally. The team links students to exemplary teachers in schools, and personnel in external institutions including museums, libraries and environmental education centres whose professional association they take with them into classrooms upon graduation.
Recipients have been invited to attend a presentation ceremony on Tuesday 17 September at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney.
02 September 2013