Yesterday I had the pleasure of recognising the contributions of six of our finest staff member at the inaugural UNE Awards for Teaching Excellence.
These awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of UNE staff in activities related to student learning.
The recipients of the 2014 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning are
- Dr Sujana Adapa. For constructive alignment of interactive multimedia resources with assessment tasks; enhancing distance learners’ approaches to ongoing engagement, self-regulated learning and study experience in Marketing units.
- Dr Fredy-Roberto Valenzuela. For helping distance education students understand and apply core marketing concepts through the development of resources that allow mental model building.
- The Educational Development and Communications Team, UNE Business School. Team members are Ms Sue Whale, Ms Naomi McGrath and Mr Tim Cluley. For innovative design and delivery of online teaching and learning courseware across all units in the UNE Business School to ensure a consistent, high-quality learning experience for all students.
- Dr Leopold Bayerlein. For successfully motivating and inspiring accounting students through highly supportive teaching in an immersive virtual internship environment for blended and online learning.
Sue Whale, Naomi McGrath and Tim Cluley were also recipients of an Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning, and Leopold Bayerlein was recognised with an Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence.
All recipients of the awards have now been nominated for Australian Awards for University Teaching, offered by the Australian Government through the Office of Learning and Teaching.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients and I wish them all the best in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.
Yesterday we also announced the recipients of the UNE Teaching Fellows program. The program is designed to encourage innovative teaching practices, models and approaches specifically designed to support quality learning experiences for students.
We hope that this program will encourage and support the next generation of educational leaders at UNE.
The 2014 recipients of the Teaching Fellowships are
- Dr Gavin Clark, Lecturer in Clinical Phycology. Gavin’s fellowship activities will consist of developing and evaluating a methodology for teaching, practicing and assessing practical clinical therapeutic skills by distance.
- Dr Sue Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Education. Sue’s project “3D Virtual Worlds at UNE” will provide staff the opportunity to undertake training and have resources developed for their use as a teaching and learning tool.
- Associate Professor Jane Conway, Medical Education Coordinator & Deputy Director Medical Education Unit – JMP. Jane’s project is intended to use the development of the JMP – MD as a vehicle to showcase the utility of Equella as a curriculum mapping system rather than its usual use as a learning object repository.
- Dr Elizabeth Hale, Senior Lecturer in English and Communication Studies. Elizabeth’s project will pilot an online teaching resource focusing on the works of Charles Dickens. It would convey the richness of different disciplinary approaches from the School (Literature, Media and Communications, Music and Theatre), and be linked to relevant units in the School, as a model, resource, and extension material.
Nominations for the 2015 UNE Teaching Awards will open at the end of the month and further details about the process will be sent to all staff in the coming weeks.
I again wish to congratulate all the recipients of the Teaching Awards and Fellowships and thank them for their hard work and contribution to student learning at UNE.
Professor Annabelle Duncan
Vice-Chancellor and CEO
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351
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