12 April 2013
The coordinators of a University of the Sunshine Coast course that helps first-year students develop their communication knowledge and skills have won a national award for boosting the expertise of the course’s tutors.
‘Communication and Thought’ is a core course attracting more than 2,500 enrolments at USC each year.
Course coordinator Dr Greg Nash and Associate Lecturers Gail Crimmins and Marama Liebergreen won a Good Practice Award at the BLASST National Leadership Summit held recently at Macquarie University in Sydney.
BLASST, which stands for Benchmarking Leadership and Advancement of Standards for Sessional Teaching, is an Australian Government-funded project that supports and enhances quality teaching by sessional (non-permanent) staff in higher education.
Dr Nash said the USC course had achieved a consistent group of 30 sessional tutors who boosted student learning by drawing on their own extensive experience in industries and disciplines ranging from public relations to history.
“Sessional staff are the backbone of the course and we have introduced measures to support them, including mentoring, meetings, online forums and other professional development,” he said.
— Julie Schomberg