Kairen and Steph firmly believe that learning in a tertiary institution can be fun, engaging and stress-free, both for the student and for the teacher. They both like to establish a sense of ‘equality’ in their lectures, where the student’s role as a learner and their role and responsibility as educators are valued equally. Kairen and Steph feel most comfortable working under a ‘respects, rights and responsibilities’ framework built from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and naturally view higher education through this lens. Their approaches to Learning and Teaching reflects their commitment towards this philosophy. They are both passionate about teaching and attribute their success as lectures and tutors to the relationships between themselves and their students. They work hard at keeping students feeling welcomed, included, valued and appreciated. Their lectures and tutorials are engaging, dynamic and rich in learning opportunities. They include direct instruction, discussion, kinaesthetic learning and collaborative learning to engage their students. They both believe that lecturers and tutors must ‘walk the talk’, linking their subject material with real life situations. They continually find themselves taking a ‘step back’, reflecting on the impact they are having on their student’s learning experiences and adjusting their teaching practice to ensure their students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Using the USC handbook, ‘In at the Deep End’ as a framework for their teaching and learning, they will provide practical ideas of how to enhance your teaching practice. They will demonstrate how the USC Graduate Attributes can be woven through the student’s learning naturally and seamlessly. Kairen and Steph will use a ‘tag team’ approach, to deliver 10, two minute teaching strategies that can be successfully implemented into any lecture or tutorial across any discipline. You will leave this session with a vision of how a lecture or tutorial can be planned and implemented in an innovative, creative, dynamic and lively way.
2015 Learning & Teaching Week: Teaching Visions: Seeing Teaching in New Ways, Sunshine Coast, Australia 14-18 September 2015
2015 Learning & Teaching Week Program Book / pp.9-10