CDU scores three ALTC Citations 

Dr Greg Heins is one of three CDU lecturers to receive a prestigious 2011 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Three Charles Darwin University lecturers have received citations from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) for their commitment to promoting excellence in higher education teaching.

Psychology lecturer Ruth Billany, Clinical Practice lecturer Stephane Bouchoucha, and Engineering lecturer Dr Greg Heins all received 2011 ALTC Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning valued at $10,000 each.

Mrs Billany was recognised for her ongoing work integrating innovative assessment strategies in the blended curriculum delivery of “Psychology: Assessment in/forms learning”.

Dr Heins and Mr Bouchoucha were among 22 “early career” achievers Australia-wide recognised for a sustained commitment to the student experience, despite having begun their careers in higher education within the past seven years.

Mr Bouchoucha was recognised for designing unique approaches to assessment, promoting connectedness between a dispersed cohort of students, providing timely feedback and enhancement of peer-based critical appraisal.

Dr Heins’ work in developing an innovative numerical methods engineering unit using cognitive apprenticeship approach to independent learning was the catalyst for his Citation. 

CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor - Learning, Teaching and Community Engagement, Associate Professor Martin Carroll said achieving three citations from three nominations was a wonderful result for CDU.

 “This is the largest number of citations for CDU since 2006 when we submitted eight nominations and received three,” he said.

“Our congratulations go to Ruth, Greg and Stephane for their marvellous accomplishments.”

In total, 185 people and 25 teams will be presented with their Citations at the 2011 Australian Awards for University Teaching ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 16 August.