National Teaching Award!

Australian Award for University Teaching

At an amazing ceremony and dinner at the National Gallery in Canberra tonight I was surprised, flattered and delighted to receive an Australian Award for University Teaching in the Humanities and Arts. This is a huge honour, and I’m extremely grateful to have my approaches to learning and teaching acknowledged in this manner. That said, I’m incredibly conscious that no one teaches in a vacuum, and in Internet Communications I am but one cog in a very complex and well-maintained machine, so this award is at least as much testimony to all of our team at Curtin University as it is to me.

Most importantly, though, I wanted to publicly thank the students who offered their thoughts and feedback about my teaching. We live in an era where students get asked to fill in an awfully large number of feedback forms, surveys and evaluations, so adding even one more thing to that pile is a big ask. So, THANK YOU to all of my students, current and past, whose kind words led to this award.

I’d also like to think that this award is a reminder that despite the huge media attention being paid to MOOCs and so forth, quality online education has been available and refined over more than a decade, and our Internet Communications program is one such example. I truly hope that as this next generation of online learning matures, close attention will be paid to successful examples already available! Successful learning and teaching is, after all, built on understanding the successes and failures of the past.

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19 Comments.

  1. A few quick thoughts on the honour of winning a national teaching award: http://t.co/8aj1r5lx :)

  2. Congrats Tama; loved the speech @tamaleaver: A few quick thoughts on the honour of winning a national teaching award: http://t.co/zrVD1ffK

  3. Congratulations to @tamaleaver for his success – national teaching award! brilliant!! http://t.co/mjc8ldDq

  4. Congratulations to @tamaleaver for his success – national teaching award! brilliant!! http://t.co/KsqBeKPU

  5. RT @netcrit: Congratulations to @tamaleaver for his success – national teaching award! brilliant!! http://t.co/CSvu0E03

  6. OMG! I'm so proud of @tamaleaver (my Hons supervisor!) right now! http://t.co/s9nWQrSQ

  7. Congratulations to @tamaleaver for his success – national teaching award! brilliant!! http://t.co/KsqBeKPU

  8. Congratulations to @tamaleaver for his success – national teaching award! brilliant!! http://t.co/mjc8ldDq

  9. @matthewahill fb link i think. the real link is http://t.co/KsqBeKPU

  10. Congrats Tama, , having had you as both tutor and mentor this award is well deserved. Laura

  11. Congratulations to @tamaleaver for his success – national teaching award! brilliant!! http://t.co/KsqBeKPU

  12. Tama, that’s fantastic! Congratulations!!!

  13. big congrats to @tamaleaver (who i'm lucky to have as a @netstudies colleague) for winning the national teaching award! http://t.co/mSXdpujG

  14. Congratulations, Tama! You certainly deserve it.

  15. Congratulations to @tamaleaver for his success – national teaching award! brilliant!! http://t.co/mjc8ldDq

  16. Congratulations Tama! Well deserved award :mrgreen:

  17. Congratulations Tama! I’m so glad to see your fine teaching acknowledged. You are probably the best teacher I’ve ever had. Thank you, you’re an inspiration.