Category Archives: Pedagogies

Eight things I learnt this year…

It has been an amazing year for me both professionally and personally. Professionally, the highlights are almost too numerous to mention but include being promoted to full professor, delivering 21 keynote presentations, giving five conference papers, publishing a new book … Continue reading

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‘I am out of the office’: Answering queries from first year students!

As established university-based lecturers, it is easy to forget how unnerving attending your first weeks at uni can be.   This is particularly the case if, like me, a student is the first member of their family to make it … Continue reading

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On being an activist academic

Long before I become an academic, I described myself as ‘an activist’. Though it is a vague term, most people associate it with left wing protest movements. While I would say that I have an affiliation with these movements, I … Continue reading

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Beyond Engagement: Universities within their Community

Since being awarded the Prime Minister’s Teacher of the Year Award, I have been lucky enough to be invited to deliver keynotes both in Australia and internationally. While the focus is generally on ‘what makes a good teacher’, invariably, the … Continue reading

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Beyond fear and loathing in the classroom: Participation, innovation and teaching like a pirate

Over the last few weeks I have delivered six keynote presentations looking at teaching in the contemporary university.   It all started when the amazing Michelle Williams organised an event at Vivid – an ideas, music and light festival that … Continue reading

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Race and South Africa… the more things change…

Since receiving my teaching award, I have been lucky enough to be invited to attend conferences and universities all over the world… it is an amazing experience and I have never felt so lucky.   My most recent travel was … Continue reading

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Pirates v. Powerpoint: On innovative pedagogies

In late November (2012) I was lucky enough to receive the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award – see the nice awards in the photo! In giving me the award, the Office of Learning and Teaching described my philosophy of … Continue reading

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