La Trobe University teachers win $50,000 for "Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning"

La Trobe University has won five Citations for its Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in the just announced Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards.

The Citations, valued at $10,000 each, are granted to individuals and teams of academics and support staff in recognition of their achievements in contributing to the quality of student learning.

Congratulating the winners, La Trobe University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Belinda Probert said the awards highlighted the skills and experience of the staff involved – and the University's overall teaching strength.

'La Trobe is embarking on a process of redesigning and renewing its undergraduate curriculum to make it a leader in university teaching – and we have the depth and breadth of teaching excellence to achieve this.'

This strength is confirmed by the recently released Good Universities Guide 2009, in which La Trobe received four-star ranking for overall student satisfaction with their 'educational experience' and also for 'positive graduate outcomes'.

The winners of the Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning awards were:

  • A team of Electron Microscopy teachers from the Bendigo campus led by lecturer in Engineering and Mathematical Science, Dr Robert Glaisher – for the delivery and resourcing of an innovative third-year science unit with a focus on transition to the work force.
  • Dr Adrian Jones, senior lecturer in Historical Studies – for responsive and inclusive history tutorials that fuel debate, enlarge student choices, elicit frequent feedback and enable students to peer-tutor essay drafts.
  • Dr Fiona Bird, lecturer in Zoology – for engaging students in an exciting, well-structured learning environment and motivating them towards a deeper understanding of biology by modelling scientific enquiry.
  • Dr Susan Lawler, senior lecturer in Environmental Management and Ecology at the Albury - Wodonga campus – for creating engaging and inspiring learning experiences for students at a regional campus which harness their natural curiosity in genetics, evolution and conservation.
  • Dr Tom Fisher, senior lecturer in Law – for introducing academic programs in the field of conflict resolution that inspire students through innovative and engaging experiential teaching together with unceasing enthusiasm, curiosity and rigour.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne tonight.

Executive Director of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), Professor Richard Johnstone, said the Citations recognised a diverse range of activity across the higher education sector aimed at enhancing student learning.

More than $2 million was awarded by the ALTC across Australia this year.

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