The University of Western Australia has awarded its highest accolade for excellence in teaching to six exceptional teachers selected from the UWA nominations to the national Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards.
For Assistant Professor Mark Pegrum, an education expert at The University of Western Australia, the ability to ‘attend' a digital technologies conference in the UK last week from his office in UWA's Graduate School of Education epitomises all that is good about e-learning.
One school of thought says internet-enhanced learning is the best thing since Socrates. Another says today’s students are so obsessed with virtual friends, virtual networks and virtual worlds that they have no idea who Socrates is. Some, according to Assistant Professor Mark Pegrum of UWA’s Graduate School of Education, say it doesn’t matter anyway, because they can Google him. Ah, say others, but how can they judge the value of the information that turns up in the popularity contest that is the world wide web?
The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) have recently announced that they will fund an innovative project entitled ‘Professional staff as leaders in enhancing student engagement: building capacity in emerging technologies through cascade and viral leadership’.
Eight members of The University of Western Australia have been lauded for their outstanding work by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). Winthrop Professors Stephen Houghton and Tom O'Donoghue, both from the Faculty of Education were amongst the winners.
The University of Western Australia has appointed Dr Helen Wildy as the new Dean of the Graduate School of Education, replacing Professor Bill Louden who takes up the position of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor early next year.