NT educator recognised amongst the country’s best 


A leading Charles Darwin University lecturer has been recognised amongst the nation’s top university teachers by the prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

Senior Lecturer-Zoology with CDU’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Dr Keith McGuinness has been recognised with an ALTC award for Teaching Excellence for his contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Honoured by the former Carrick Awards in 2006 with two citations for outstanding contributions to student learning, Dr McGuinness’ latest win stems from his efforts in the Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies category.

In his 25 year career, Dr McGuinness has taught learners from pre-school age through to retirees on topics ranging from philosophy to parasitology.

Dr McGuinness said he had always endeavoured to work collaboratively with students building learning partnerships to explore issues and ideas, and to develop a deep understanding of concepts and methods.

“In working with both distance and on-campus students, my teaching relies heavily on authentic examples and realistic, engaging activities,” he said.

“My underlying drive is to assist students fulfil their learning goals, in the short and long term.”

Dr McGuinness has been active in facilitating the development and deployment of learning technologies at CDU and in mentoring staff in using these.

Dr McGuinness will be presented his award as a part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) to be held in Canberra on 16 November, 2010.

The annual awards ceremony will be presented by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Chris Evans.

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise individuals and teams who have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.