Bond OLT Citation Nominees 2012
Pictured (left to right): Shelley Kinash, James Birt, Penny deByl, Kuldeep Kumar, Leon Wolff, Susan Macfarlane
An internal peer-review panel selected the following eight nominees to put forward to compete for Citations In Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
Dr James Birt
Faculity of Humanities and Social Sciences
As a lecturer in Multimedia and Games, Assistant Professor James Birt’s students come from a visual arts background preferring a diverging learning style. Today’s Knowledge Economy requires skills across disciplines including computing which tend towards a converging learning style. Using a multifaceted approach with blended teaching materials, delivery and strategies using visual, auditory and kinaesthetic examples, he aligns with the concept of multimedia instruction and how this can facilitate deep and sustained long term learning.
Ms Michele Clark
Senior Teaching Fellow
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Michele Clark, Senior Teaching Fellow in Bond University’s School of Communication and Media has explored and implemented useful teaching strategies based in principles of active learning, to encourage wider student participation in her classes. She is inspired by the concept of a learner-centred approach, motivating students to become deeply engaged in their learning through establishing relevance using practical individual, pair and small group exercises, merging theory with current case studies and real industry experience.
Dr Shelley Kinash
Office of Learning and Teaching
Associate Professor Shelley Kinash, Director, Learning and Teaching at Bond University is a learning and teaching research leader, mentoring students in conducting and publishing research. She co-authors peer-reviewed scholarly publications with undergraduate and postgraduate students, in a process of active learning, to launch their research journey. To complement this experiential approach, Shelley has authored and published numerous online teaching and learning resources giving students the philosophy and skills to engage in research.
Dr Kuldeep Kumar
Faculty of Business
Professor Kuldeep Kumar observed significant challenges experienced by such students attempting to learn and use statistics. Kuldeep addressed these problems using spread sheets and encouraging students to use authentic data for interpretation. His teaching heightened the curiosity of learners and fostered student development using case or problem-based learning wherein students applied statistics to investigate dilemmas.
Ms Susan Macfarlane
Manager, Student Leanring Support
Office of Learning and Teaching
Susan Macfarlane, Manager of Bond University Student Learning Support, designed, developed and facilitated a dedicated tutorial for international students from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB). The content parallels that taught in the regular subject tutorials. The blended learning process is designed to ameliorate cultural, comprehension and communication challenges. Evidence of success as indicated by both primary and secondary benefits will ensure sustainability and growth in pedagogical approach, and implementation in additional subjects.
Dr Leon Wolff
Faculty of Law
Associate Professor Leon Wolff is a pioneer of narrative methodology in first-year legal education. With a curriculum and assessment design centred on advising hypothetical clients, Leon’s students engage their higher-order cognitive skills — from legal research, analysis and problem-solving to critical thinking and ethical practice — to incrementally resolve complex legal problems. This unique pedagogical design provides first-year law students with an authentic entry into law as both a research discipline and a field of professional practice.