Five winners in Vice-Chancellor's awards for Teaching Excellence

Tuesday, 14 January 2014  Features

No less than five academics at the Australian School of Business have been awarded the university's highest teaching prize, the 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence (VCATE).

Professor Geoffrey Garrett, the Dean of UNSW's Australian School of Business said "the Faculty had a strong pool of endorsed nominations, all commendable illustrations of the excellent work being done by so many of our colleagues. Competition across campus was also fierce, but we won more than a third of the awards on offer. Our success signals the very real contribution the Australian School of Business makes to teaching excellence and classroom innovation."

A winner in the General Category of the Awards for Teaching Excellence, Kar-Ming Chong's innovative "flipped" approach to teaching Management Accounting 2 has significantly enhanced his students' experience and engagement. He has created a personalised, interactive and participatory learning environment, and this innovative approach has already earned him the honour of being named 2013 Pearson AFAAZ Accounting/Finance Educator of the Year.

Ricardo Flores has also won in the General Category, with his enthusiastic approach to improving the learning experience of PhD students in the School of Management being noted.

Receiving an Award for Initiatives that Enhance Learning, Robert Tumarkin has created a program that allows the School of Banking and Finance to generate unique tests and exams for every student, eliminating the temptation for students to copy from their classmates. The program is of great potential importance throughout higher education, and allows instructors to easily select different test modes and to use qualitative, quantitative, multiple-choice and open-ended questions.

Dr Isabella Dobrescu and Dr Alberto Motta have also received the Award for Learning and Teaching Technologies, as well as the Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation, for the development of their computerised microeconomics game 'Playconomics'. Playconomics brings together three innovations; It "gamifies" the core economics concept like comparative which will stimulate and motivate learning.

Playconomics also "flips the classroom" by having students play the ga​me to learn the core material in their own time. And Playconomics also personalises the learning experience to allow students to work their way through the material at different speeds and in different ways.

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