Category Archives: Pedagogies

‘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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