Professor Sylvia Rodger
Professor Sylvia Rodger

UQ has is well represented in Australian Learning and Teaching Council fellowship and grants so far this year, highlighting the innovation and commitment of staff to teaching excellence.

UQ has been successful in receiving two more ALTC Priority Project grants in the 2010 Grants Scheme.

Professor Caroline Crosthwaite from the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology has received $219,000 for the project titled "Curriculum Renewal in Engineering through Theory Driven Evaluation".  The project will evaluate the widely implemented first-year engineering innovation, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge. The project team aims to gathering evidence, and understanding of, a range of approaches to student learning which can be used to inform future curriculum renewal in multiple disciplines.

Ms Kelly Matthews from the Teaching and Educational Development Institute also had success with her project, "Quantitative Skills in Science: Curriculum Models for the Future", receiving $220,000 in funding. The project brings together a cross-disciplinary team from mathematics, science and education to address the challenge of embedding quantitative skills (QS) in undergraduate science programs. The project aims to provide universities with tools and frameworks to ensure that science graduates develop the strong quantitative skills needed to meet the demands of modern science and industry. The Australian Newspaper ran an article about the project on 1 September 2010.

Earlier in the year Professor Sylvia Rodger and Dr Bronwen Cribb also received ALTC funding.

Professor Sylvia Rodger from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has been awarded a prestigious Teaching Fellowship titled, Building capacity among emerging occupational therapy academic leaders in curriculum renewal and evaluation at UQ and nationally.  Her Fellowship program will focus on curriculum development across occupational therapy (OT) programs nationally, and across the University of Queensland (UQ) teaching and learning in general. Using an embedded, sustained dissemination and evaluation approach, the program engages a cohort of emerging OT academic leaders in a community of practice designed to build capacity in curriculum development and renewal.  ALTC program summary

Dr Bronwen Cribb from the Centre of Microscopy and Microanalysis has been awarded a Competitive Grant to build resources and tools in microscopic characterisation.  The grant titled, A national approach to education in advanced microscopic characterisation through integrated learning tools, involves staff from six universities to build a comprehensive and flexible learning program for advanced microscopic characterisation. ALTC program summary

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