Local educators change the face of teaching

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird today announced University of Wollongong teachers and researchers have been awarded grants to help change the way universities teach.

university-of-wollongong.jpgA University of Wollongong research team was also awarded an OLT grant of $212,000 to pioneer a new approach to engineering teaching – incorporating Indigenous perspectives and worldviews into the curriculum.

Ms Bird said the local researchers would work with the Queensland University of Technology and Melbourne University to develop the curriculum.

“This is an innovative approach which brings faculties together across three universities,” Ms Bird said.

“These local researchers are leaders in their field. The work carried out here in Wollongong will ultimately benefit engineering students nation-wide.”

Associate Professor Garry Hoban is one of just two university teachers awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship from the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT).

He will use the $250,000 fellowship to hone his techniques in science teaching, partnering with science and science education academics to develop new ways of teaching using digital media assignments.

“It is crucial that students receive the best education possible at university. Excellent teachers with interesting, new approaches can help achieve this," Ms Bird said.

“Professor Hoban’s work is especially timely given its focus on science teaching, and its use of new media. Ensuring students are maths and science literate is a national imperative.”

Nationally, a total of 38 OLT grants and nine OLT fellowships, including two senior fellowships, were awarded in a range of disciplines.

The funding provided for these projects is part of the $59 million Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education program, which has supported 69 projects since the establishment of the Office for Learning and Teaching in November 2011.

A complete list of grant and fellowships recipients is available at www.olt.gov.au