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Image courtesy of Ben Jones

ECU courses are once again in outstanding company after being recognised with national teaching awards.

Two ground-breaking programs have won awards in the ‘Programs that Enhance Learning’ category as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) announced in Canberra on 26 February 2019.

They were:

  • The prestigious Bachelor of Arts (Acting) program at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Led by Ms Glenda Linscott, it was recognised for its innovative teaching and outstanding student experience and graduate outcomes.
  • The State-wide Partnership Enabling Assistant Nursing Training in ECU’s Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program. Led by Ms Carol Crevacore, it gives students opportunities for employment during their studies while boosting their employability and giving valuable experience.

ECU won two of the four awards given to Western Australian universities and was one of just eight nationally to be recognised.

Additionally two ECU staff received Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for their personal contributions to student learning in the School of Education and School of Science:

  • Dr Marianne Knaus was recognised for changing pre-service teachers’ mindsets to enable effective and passionate teaching of mathematics in early childhood settings.
  • Dr Richardson was recognised for promoting engagement and active learning in first-year mathematics through an integrated lecture-tutorial class format supported by computer-aided formative assessment.

ECU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Angela Hill congratulated the staff members receiving awards.

“These awards are another great example of ECU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and student experience,” she said.

“ECU is working to continually improve the courses we offer to our students through new technologies, work integrated learning opportunities and international experiences.

“ECU is ensuring our students get ready for their future careers.”

In the 2019 Good Universities Guide ECU was again given a 5-star rating for teaching quality for the 12th year in a row.

ECU also received 5-star rating for skills development, student support, learning resources and for the median salary of ECU graduates.

Source: ECU

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