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The University of the Sunshine Coast supports and recognises scholarly efforts to explore, develop and advance innovations in learning and teaching and enhance the student learning experience.

Details of past successes are listed below: 

Advance Awards

Advancing Quality Teaching:  This award is for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in quality learning experiences through teaching approaches that substantially improve their learning outcomes.

  • Team – The COR109 Team (Ms Janet Turley, Dr Gail Crimmins, Ms Ann Robertson, Ms Mary-Rose Adkins, Dr Noni Keys)
  • Dr Amy Clarke
  • Team – PSY102 teaching team (Dr Kate Mulgrew, Prof Cindy Davis, Prof Mary Katsikitis, Dr Geoff Lovell, Dr Rachel Sharman, Dr Prudence Millear, Prof Doug Mahar, Dr Dixie Statham, Dr Johnathon Mason, Dr Lee Kannis-Dymand, Dr Tamara De Regt, Ms Karina Rune, Dr Kay Pozzebo, Prof Paul Salmon, Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, Dr Natassia Goode)
  • A/Prof Kelley Burton
  • Mr Alistair Ward
  • A/Prof Stephen Trueman

Advancing the Blended Learning Environment:  This award is for teaching staff, teaching teams and support staff who integrate educational technologies with face-to-face teaching in innovative and engaging ways to substantially improve students' blended learning experience.

  • Ms Sue Svenson
  • Ms Sarah Burkhart
  • Mr Donald Mackay

Advancing the Student Experience:  This award is for individual staff or teams who engage with students outside of the classroom or teaching environments to make an outstanding contribution that substantially improves their overall experience at USC.

  • Dr Natasha Budd
  • Dr Gwynn MacCarrick
  • Dr Ann Parkinson
  • Dr Gabriel Conroy

Round 2 2015 Exploratory Grants - up to A$10,000 over 2 years

  • Learning, Teaching, Practice: A common understanding and integration of sustainability within
    Nutrition and Dietetics 
    Project Team: Dr Sarah Burkhart, SHSS (Lead), Dr Jude Mahar, Dr Michele Verdonck, Ms Theresa Ashford
  • PhysioloJai: Interactive videos connecting and engaging first year physiology learners with difficult
    content
    Project Team: Dr Catherine Itman (Lead), Ms Di Seels, Mr Jai Macklin, Ms Victoria Coulton, Ms Sondra Smit

Round 2 2015 Enhancement Grants — up to A$20,000 over 2 years

  • Startup LaunchLab: embedding experiential entrepreneurship in a multidisciplinary environment
    Project Team: Dr Margarietha de Villiers Scheepers (Lead), Professor Michael Clements, Dr Renee Barnes, Dr Helen Fairweather, Dr Jane Taylor, Ms Irene Visser, Ms Katryna Starks
  • Game-based learning: an authentic approach to enhance clinical reasoning skills in student dietitians
    Project Team: Dr Hattie Wright (Lead), Dr Uew Terton, Ms Katryna Starks, Ms Theresa Ashford, Ms Judy Tweedie

Round 1 2015 Exploratory Grants - up to A$10,000 over 2 years

  • Enhancing the reflective practice of first year law students using video recorded simulations in the USC moot court
    Project Team: Associate Professor Kelley Burton (Lead), Dr Florin Oprescu, Dr Gwynn MacCarrick, Dr Peter Grainger, Ms Dominique Moritz, Ms Simone Pearce
  • Design Dialogues: Immersed in Design Continuity and Change
    Project Team: Dr Lisa Chandler (Lead), Mr Alistair Ward
  • Developing and piloting a nursing and midwifery clinical skills learning framework to enhance student learning across industry and academic learning spaces
    Project Team: Dr Amanda Henderson (Lead), Professor Margaret Barnes, Dr Jennifer Rowe, Ms Christine Slade, Ms May El Haddad, Ms Penny Harrison Ms Joanne McMillan, Ms Kathleen Hirst
  • Evaluating the creation, use and contribution to learning of electronically distributable multimedia learning objects. Matching tools and learning objectives
    Project Team: Associate Professor Monte Wynder (Lead), Ms Michelle Joubert, Ms Gabrielle Parle
  • The lifespan is for living and growing: Using simulation and authentic assessment to study developmental psychology
    Project Team: Dr Prue Millear (Lead), Dr Ruth Greenaway, Ms Jessica Schmidt
  • Increasing student engagement and community via the integration of social media technologies to enhance/inform blended learning at USC
    Project Team: Dr Uwe Terton and Ms Irene Visser (Leads), Professor Cindy Davis, Ms Karen Sutherlund
  • Acting for Health with Children: the development of processes for the training and employment of child actors as ‘simulated patients’ within Nursing & Midwifery higher education
    Project Team: Dr Natasha Budd (Lead), Ms Penny Harrison, Associate Professor Anderson

The DVC’s Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme 2015

  • Developing a Multi-Site Communication Model to Support Staff Communication and Engagement
    Project Team: Dr Peter Baxter (Lead), A/Prof Monte Wynder, Dr Greg Laing, Ms Michelle Joubert, Ms Carola Hobohm
  • Getting stuck in the cell membrane: Immersive 3D visualisations for enhanced teaching of a threshold concept in biology Project Team: Dr Ann Parkinson (Lead), Dr Mary Kynn, Dr Nicole Masters, Dr Nicole Reinke
  • SLICE: Student-Led In-CAVE Exploration
    Project Team: Dr Mark Utting (Lead), Dr Jacqui Blake, Mr Dion Keetley, Dr Hadi Mirisaee

Advance Awards

Advancing Quality Teaching — for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students’ learning experiences.

  • Dr Michele Verdonck, School of Health and Sport Sciences
  • Associate Professor Monte Wynder, School of Business
  • Dr Tina Lathouras and Ms Carey Shaw (Team), School of Social Science

Advancing the Blended Learning Environment — for teaching staff, teaching teams and support staff who integrate educational technologies with face-to-face teaching in innovative and engaging ways to enhance the student learning experience.

  • Dr Rebecca Donkin, School of Health and Sport Sciences 
  •  Ms Terri Downer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
  • Ms Irene Visser, School of Communication and Creative Industries
  • Dr Uwe Terton, School of Communication and Creative Industries
  • Dr Lisa Chandler and Mr Alistair Ward (Team), School of Communication and Creative Industries

Advancing the Student Experience — for individual staff or teams who through means other than teaching engage with students to make an outstanding contribution to their experience at USC.

  • Dr Kate Mulgrew, School of Social Sciences
  • Ms Sam Edwards, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
  • Occupational Therapy Team (Professor Marion Gray, Dr Kieran Broome, Ms Anita Hamilton, Dr Lawla Law, Dr Ann Kennedy-Behr, Dr Michele Verdonck, Ms Penny Taylor, Ms Cate Hilly, Ms Marie Bridgman, Ms Heidi Miller), School of Health and Sport Sciences 
  • The Student Success Team (Ms Alayna Cole, Ms Allison Crowe, Mr Joseph Del Vecchio, Mr Arthur Dickson, Ms Angela Doust, Ms Joanna Evans, Ms Lauren Kaloczy and Ms Sophie Olorenshaw), Student Services

Round 2 2014 Enhancement Grants — up to A$20,000 over 2 years

  • Using Pebble+ to track learning and create stepping-stones to development of an ePortfolio for transition to practice in occupational therapy.
    Project Team: Ms Anita Hamilton (Lead), Ms Priscilla, Dr Ann Kennedy-Behr, Dr Michele Verdonck, Dr Kieran Broome, Dr Lawla Law, Ms Penny Taylor.
  • Mapping and evaluating the flipped classroom at USC: Integrative learning and teaching.
    Project Team: Dr Jane Taylor (Lead), Dr Rachel Cole, Dr Mary Kynn, Ms Julie-Anne Foster, A/Prof Peter Dunn, Ms Kara Lilly, Ms Jane-Louise Lampard, Ms Tara Gamble, Ms Anita Hamilton, Dr Michele Verdonck, Dr Hattie Wright, Dr Wayne Graham, Ms Caroline Cottman.

Round 2 2014 Exploratory Grants — up to A$10,000 over 2 years 

  • Embedding Information Literacy across a Paramedic Science program.
    Project Team: Mr Nigel Barr (Lead), A/Prof William Lord, Ms Belinda Flanagan, Mr Roger Carter.
  • Growing transdisciplinary connections: Creating reusable digital learning objects to use in multiple contexts for multiple purposes across health and early childhood
    Project Team: Ms Penny Harrison (Lead), A/Prof Margaret Barnes, Ms Avril Rose, Ms Goksu Dines.
  • A collaborative blended learning approach: Embedding academic literacy skill support into a large first year foundation course.
    Project Team: Ms Johanna Einfalt and Ms Janet Turley (Lead), Ms Susie Vergers, Ms Rebecca McNeil.
  • Supporting Innovative Blended Learning – Exploring the experience of learning and teaching in a technology enabled tiered lecture theatre
    Project Team: Ms Michele Verdonck (Lead), Dr Ruth Greenaway, Dr Ann Kennedy-Behr.
  • Integrated Learning Pathways at USC: Examining academic skills enhancement in secondary school students undertaking tertiary studies.               
    Project Team: Dr Richard White (Lead), Dr Anne Drabble.

Round 1 2014 Exploratory Grants — up to A$10,000 over 2 years

  • Develop your own Lifelong Learning Resource: Learners as Active Collaborators.
    Project Team: Dr Helen Fairweather (Lead), Dr Peter Dunn, Ms Goksu Dines, Mr Ian Wright.
  • A framework for cross-cultural pedagogy: enhancing students’ learning and retention through the use of a critical pedagogical curriculum intervention in the Social Work program.
    Project team: Dr Tina Lathouras (Lead), Ms Carol Smith, Ms Carey Shaw.

The DVC’s Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme 2014

  • Developing a Community of Practice to support first year transition for Gympie pre-service teachers
    Project Team: Dr Sharn Donnison (Lead), Dr Sorrel Penn Edwards, Ms Rosemary Horn, A/Prof Michael Christie, Mr Graham Young, Dr Ruth Greenway
  • Mediasite: FYE capture and keep
    Project Team: Ms Nicole Masters and Ms Colleen Kneale (Leads), Ms Goksu Dines, Ms Theresa Ashford, Dr Ann Parkinson, Mr Ashley Fisher
  • A student-led approach to explore and implement immersive-visualisation experiences and design pedagogies across urban planning program and programs with geospatial minor
    Project Team: Associate Professor Johanna Rosier and Dr Sanjeev Srivastava (Leads), Dr Claudia Baldwin, Dr Nicholas Stevens, Ms Wendy Chalmers

Advance Awards

Advancing Quality Teaching — for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students’ learning experiences.

  • Kieran Broome, School of Health and Sport Sciences
  • Michelle Joubert, School of Business
  • Praphaporn (Ton) Stewart, School of Health and Sport Sciences
  • Geoff Lovell, School of Social Sciences
  • Marcus Bussey, School of Social Sciences

Advancing the Blended Learning Environment — for teaching staff, teaching teams and support staff who integrate educational technologies with face-to-face teaching in innovative and engaging ways to enhance the student learning experience.

  • Terry Lucke, School of Science and Engineering
  • Michele Verdonck, School of Health and Sport Sciences

Advancing the Student Experience — for individual staff or teams who through means other than teaching engage with students to make an outstanding contribution to their experience at USC.

  • Angeline Medland, USC Gympie
  • Joanne Loth, School of Communication
  • Paul Williams, School of Communication
  • Scott Dukeson, Information Technology Services
  • Client Services Team, Student Administration (Tahnee Leman, Cathy-Anne Jones, Anna Hodkinson, Melissa Bovey, Beth Standring, Chris Pozzie, Dean Roelink, Bonnie Lindsay, Philip Papas, Nathan Dodd, Michelle Smit, Rita Leon, Damon Grimwood, Tamara Kronk, Jessie Cross, Christina Driver)

Vice-Chancellor medals for excellence in learning and teaching

Each winner received $5000 to advance their work at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The recipients were:

  • Dr Greg Nash, School of Communication – Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Dr Nash is a USC graduate who rose through the ranks to program leader and made USC’s largest course, Communication and Thought, a success story. He was nominated for his innovative teaching practices focused on student engagement and retention.
  • Rosanna Natoli, School of Communication – Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching for Sessional Staff. Ms Natoli is a long-time member of USC’s sessional teaching staff who has contributed her extensive television industry experience and exemplary academic practices to teach and mentor students of Journalism and Media Communication.

The DVC’s Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme 2013

  • WIL knowledge in motion: Using mobile technology to facilitate authentic WIL assessment and learning practice for 21st Century practice settings.
    Project Team: Dr Jane Taylor and  Mr Christopher Dann (Leads), Elizabeth Toohey, Tony Richardson, Julie-Anne Foster, Rachel Cole, Kara Lilly
  • Discipline Specific Engagement and Evaluation for Dissemination Support (D-SEEDS).
    Project Team: Dr Florin Oprescu and Anita Hamilton (Leads), Marion Gray, Ian Wright
  • Train and sustain: A model for quality supervision in WIL.
    Project Team: Associate Professor Fiona Pelly (Lead), Judy Tweedie, Associate Professor Lainie Cameron, Michelle Small, Professor Marion Gray, Penny Taylor

Round 2 2013 Exploratory Grants — up to $10,000 over 2 years

  • Using blended learning and international online peer review to improve the learning of beginning researchers at the Master’s level.
    Project Team: Associate Professor Michael Christie (Lead), Associate Professor Deborah Heck, Dr Susan Simon
  • Students as co-creators of simulation curriculum in undergraduate nursing and midwifery programmes.
    Project Team: Sam Edwards (Lead), Dr Margaret Barnes, Associate Professor Patrea Andersen, Jessie Johnson-Cash
  • The preparation of Drama students as ‘simulated patients’ for Learning Events within Nursing and Midwifery and beyond. Project team: Dr Jo Loth (Lead), Associate Professor Patrea Andersen
  • Enhancing Lecture innovations and Blended Learning in First year Anatomy and Physiology classes.
    Project Team: Dr Rebecca Mellifont (Lead), Ms Lorraine Jones, Goksu Dines
  • Multi-disciplinary experiential entrepreneurship model (MEEM): Empowering students to create the future through experiential entrepreneurship.
    Project Team: Dr Margarietha Scheepers (Lead), Dr Renee Barnes, Dr Uwe Terton

Round 2 2013 Enhancement Grants — up to $20,000 over 2 years

  • Virtual patient case studies as a training resource to develop critical thinking for self-directed learning in a distributed program. Project Team: Dr Rebecca Donkin, Dr Mark Holmes, Geoff Simon, Associate Professor Jason Ford, Amanda McAleer

Round 1 2013 Exploratory Grants — up to $10,000 over 2 years

  • Utilising virtual microscopy with online blended learning to enhance first year student engagement and learning.
    Project Team: Dr Rebecca Donkin (Lead), Mrs Jill Kearney, Mr Peter Henderson, Mr Geoff Simon, Assoc Prof Jason Ford, Dr Heather Yule, Prof Camille Farah, Prof Rakesh Kumar
  • The impact of a flipped classroom approach in higher education on students’ engagement in self-directed learning. 
    Project Team: Dr Jane Taylor (Lead), Dr Rachel Cole, Ms Julie-Anne Foster, Ms Ulrike Keyssner, Ms Kara Lilly 
  • Evaluating nursing students’ empowerment to meet expected industry capabilities.
    Project Team: Amanda Henderson (Lead), Deborah Hitchen-Holmes and Eleanor Horton
  • Embrace the audience (ETA): exploring the fear of public speaking in first-year students and developing a strategy to alleviate anxiety.
    Project Team: Dr Greg Nash (Lead), Dr Peter Baxter, Dr Florin Oprescu, Janet Turley, Mary-Rose Adkins, Alex Sharpe, Greg Thorne
  • The first year message: What memorable messages are 1st Year Education students receiving at the University of the Sunshine Coast? What is the impact of these messages on the student’s engagement and eLearning?
    Project Team: Dr Janet Wyvill (Lead),  Dr Sharn Donnison, Dr Michael Carey

Advance Awards

Advancing Quality Teaching:

  • Gail Crimmins, School of Communication
  • Dr Greg Nash, School of Communication
  • Dr Anna Potter, School of Communication
  • Dr Janet Wyvill, School of Education
  • Colleen Kneale, School of Health and Sport Sciences
  • Daniel Mellifont, School of Health and Sport Sciences
  • Sam Edwards, School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Phyllis Araneo, School of Science and Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor David Hollinsworth, School of Social Sciences

Advancing the Blended Learning Environment:

  • Anita Hamilton, School of Health and Sport Science who also receives a Moderator’s Commendation for Application Quality
  • John Hunt, School of Education

Advancing the Student Experience:

  • Academic Skills Team, Student Life and Learning (Margot Reeh, Irene O’Leary, Johanna Einfalt, David Duncan, Brian Higgins, Faye Thompson, Donna Thompson, Gaby Ziegan, Daniel Meloncelli, Audrey Dickson, Peter Cahill)

Vice-Chancellor medals for excellence in learning and teaching

Each winner received $5000 to advance their work at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

  • Dr Mark Holmes — Vice-Chancellor and President’s Awards for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
    Dr Mark Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry and Discipline Leader for Biomedical Sciences. Dr Holmes was nominated for his innovative teaching and ground-breaking course development including liaising with industry for USC’s new Medical Laboratory Science degree.

  • Ms Kendall George — Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Sessional Staff (Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering)
    Kendall George is a Lecturer in Bachelor of Nursing Science and Master of Midwifery. Ms George was nominated for her work with the midwifery team in simulation and case-based learning, which was commended by the national accreditation panel, and other contributions in teaching innovation.

  • Ms Ginna Brock — Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Sessional Staff (Faculty of Arts and Business)
    Ms Ginna Brock is a Lecturer in Faculty of Arts and Business first-year courses. Ms Brock was nominated for her consistently high teaching standards and creation of positive learning environments, resulting in outstanding feedback from students.

The DVC’s Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme 2012

  • Engagement and Capacity Building: Enhancing first-year retention through building staff communication and leadership capability
    Project Leader: Professor Marion Gray. Project Team Members: Dr Anna Potter

Round 2 2012 Exploratory Grants — up to $10,000 over 2 years

  • A blended learning action research project, integrating social media to build and support peer networking between domestic and international students.
    Project Team: Dr Leone Cameron (Lead), Annette Helling-Benze and Florentina Benga and International team members: Dr. Catherine Chaumeil, Dr. Bruno Mazieres and Prof. Gordon Eckardt 
  • Occupational therapy students’ perceptions of assessment for learning and its impact on their preparedness for future assessment and professional graduate competencies.
    Project Team: Ailsa Gillen (Lead) and Prof Marion Gray 
  • The Scientific Report through the lens of Graduate Attributes: How is it taught, practised and assessed throughout a program of study? 
    Project Team: Dr Ann Parkinson (Lead), Theresa Ashford and Nicole Masters 
  • Using assessment to facilitate transformative learning: The impact of live role-play assessment on counselling and social work students’ capacity to link theory with practice.
    Project Team: Dr. Christine Morley (Lead), Dr. Phillip Ablett, Ms. Judy Moir and Ms. Karen Marshall 
  • Play while you Learn Spatial Planning Principles: the application of interactive multi-touch table technology.
    Project Team: Mr Nicholas Stevens (Lead), Assoc Prof Johanna Rosier, Assoc Prof Christian Jones, Dr Uwe Terton and Ben Rolfe
  • Healthy Islanders: Curriculum renewal incorporating blended learning using health related tasks for epidemiological studies of a virtual population.
    Project Team: Associate Professor Peter Dunn (Lead), Dr Rachel Cole, Frank Muller and Dr Michael Bulmer, UQ 
  • Attracting and retaining more USC engineering students using the CDIO approach
    Project Team: Dr Terry Lucke (Lead)  Dr Adrian McCallum and Assoc. Prof. Les Dawes, QUT.

Round 1 2012 Exploratory Grants — up to $6,000 over 2 years

  • Improving tutorial relationship and learning collaborations in multi-cultural international marketing classes of visiting International and Australian students, through the application of relationship marketing and action learning.
    Project Team: Dr Leone Cameron (Lead), Dr Bill Allen and Dr Maria Raciti.
  • Work Integrated Learning in your pocket: Using smart phones to support the learning of students and teachers in regional partnerships.
    Project Team: Christopher Dann (Lead), Professor Merv Hyde, Associate Professor Christian Jones, Mathew Willis, Beverly Lowe and Elizabeth Toohey.
  • Enhancing language, information and numeracy competencies in Indigenous children. (eLINC project).
    Project Team: Dr Anne Drabble, (Lead) and John Hunt.
  • The impact of a group presentation/performance on first-year social work and human services students: Fostering engagement, identity formation and connection using critical pedagogy.
    Project Team: Associate Professor Christine Morley, Dr Phillip Ablett, Matt Carter, Professor Frank Tesoriero and Suzanne Burdett.
  • Indigenous Voices at USC: Creation of an archive of Indigenous interview curriculum materials designed to embed Indigenous perspectives within learning and teaching.
    Project Team: Dr Lucinda Aberdeen (Lead, Associate Professor Jennifer Carter, Adjunct Professor David Hollinsworth and Justine Grogan.
  • StatCasts: Annotated screencasts to support the teaching of statistics.
    Project Team: Associate Professor Peter Dunn (Lead), Dr Birgit Loch (Swinburne UT), Vida Weiss (Swinburne UT) and Dr Christine McDonald (USQ).
  • Lexical Ambiguity in Australian Statistics Classrooms.
    Project Team: Associate Professor Peter Dunn (Lead), Dr Alice Richardson (UC).
  • Enhancing student learning experiences using exemplar marking activities: A Pilot Study
    Project Team: Ailsa Gillen (Lead) and Professor Marion Gray
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