In Support of Excellence

It's all about the students

Influence on student learning and student engagement

“Please do not tell anybody who said this OK?” said the student opposite. “I have signed a confidentiality agreement, so I promise” was my reply. There was some nervousness in the room now as the student continued, “I have to ask; please, please, get Sophie and Cathy to ask Professor (name withheld) and Doctor (name withheld) to teach like this, I would learn so much more”. There were very positive confirmations coming now from all the other students, this was not the first time I had heard such comments. This was the second year in a row of facilitating a post-course focus group for Ms. Sophie Karanicolas and Ms. Cathy Snelling, Senior Lecturers in the School of Dentistry and winners of the 2010 Team Teaching Award for the Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Vice-Chancellor's teaching prize. For both years, with two different student cohorts and at least four different teachers named - but it was the same request. We were getting some clear signals of student need.
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Ms. Sophie Karanicholas and Ms. Cathy Snelling

Senior Lecturers School of Dentistry and winners of the 2010-2011 Team Teaching Award for the Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Vice-Chancellor's teaching prize.

Since the ILMs, (also referred to as Interactive Online Learning Modules IOLMs) were implemented by Sophie and Cathy in 2008, there has been an average of 95% completion rate of each class of 36 students. There is a Summary document for download of the qualitative data that has been collected on the students' views between 2008-10 via formal student feedback surveys and focus groups, as well as unsolicited emails.

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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.