Outstanding Melbourne University teachers rewarded

August 11 / 66

Eight highly skilled teachers from the University have won 2011 Awards for Teaching Excellence from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, equalling the University’s previous best performance, and with no other university winning more awards.

The annual Australian Awards for University Teaching recognise both excellence in teaching and innovative programs that enrich the student experience.  About 35 awards are given overall and are based on several assessment criteria, including student evaluations.

Professor Richard James, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Participation and Engagement) and Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, said this was an excellent outcome for Melbourne which acknowledged University-wide efforts to provide very high standard learning experiences for all students.

“This is an excellent outcome, and I congratulate all the winning staff, as well as all those whose outstanding work led to their nomination,” he said.

The awardees are:

 •     Raoul Mulder and Jon Pearce (Science) with David Adams, Gordon Yau, David Vasjuta and Gavin Leys (from Learning Environments) for their PRAZE peer review program (Peer Review from A to Z for Education). Feedback is essential to learning, yet across the sector, scores for student satisfaction in this area are low. Involving students in the feedback process through peer review has well-documented benefits, but there is no widely available, flexible and customizable software for managing it. To solve this problem, academic staff and Learning Environments specialists at the University of Melbourne developed PRAZE, a sophisticated, flexible and customisable online tool to help manage student peer review in diverse learning contexts.

•      Clinton Golding from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education is recognised nationally and internationally for ‘education for thinking.’ In a 16-year career he has developed thought-provoking curricula, resources and assessment techniques to foster critical, creative and insightful students. Using co-inquiry, questioning, and the reverse engineering of thinking, he has taught tens of thousands of pre-service, graduate and professional teachers.

•      Over eight years of experience in tertiary education John Whitehouse, Lecturer in History and Humanities in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education has inspired students, engaged in extensive knowledge exchange through the development of curricula at state and national levels, and shaped the Master of Teaching degree at the MGSE.. 

The ALTC Awards, worth $25,000 each, will be presented during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 16 August, along with the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.


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