In Support of Excellence

It's all about the students

Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose

All my adult life I have lived by the creed “there is always a better way”! That is how I approach every aspect of my work.  I am not a details person; I am a big picture pioneer.  However I have very clear objectives, i.e. to stay informed about the most recent best practice in teaching, using the most useful technologies available and transferring this vision to the teaching faculty to maximise student outcomes. There is very little work-to-personal life split – I like it that way.  I spend many hours searching and connecting online with hundreds of people … my Skype contact list is 300+ with networks to teachers and educators, giving me very early alerts to exemplar practice and technologies. I am always aware of the majority world (it used to be called the developing world) and all pedagogy and technology must make it through the grid of ‘is it workable there’ to be considered.  Vision transfer and inspiration are two drivers that guide how I co-ordinate and implement L&T strategies across the university. Seminars are one of my main channels of implementation as well as personal mentoring to interested academics.

I measure my success by the success of those I help. I inform them of best practice, encourage them to innovate and empower them with the technologies and support they need to succeed.  I consider my job done when someone like Assoc. Lecturer Clinton Kempster from the School of Dentistry acknowledges my contribution to help him “
push the envelope”, says:

You have been fundamental in providing me with the motivation, knowledge, tools, confidence and evidence to show that we can and should challenge ourselves to look at new ways to teach and engage”.

Clinton Kempster

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Allan Carrington has been awarded the 2012 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.  His citation read: “For sustained commitment to inspiring, challenging and mentoring academics to teach with activity-centric pedagogies and the latest learning technologies, to enrich the student experience.” He is also winner of the 2011 University of Adelaide Award for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience. This website was developed to support these applications and is now his ePortfolio.
Since 2003 Allan has been a Learning Designer with the eLearning Development Team supporting the university faculty.