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Unitec Institute of Technology lecturers win national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

date:Jul 23,2013 source:意腾留学网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

Two Unitec lecturers along with 8 others received Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEA), last night at a reception at Parliament Buildings in Wellington.Nursing lecturer Sue White and building technology lecturer, Kamuka Pati, have been recognised for excellence in tertiary teaching.

Unitec Institute of Technology lecturers win national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

“To be recognised at such a high level is very validating, and winning the award is a fabulous endorsement of my teaching style,” says Sue.

“We had to demonstrate not only sustained excellence in teaching but how we plan, design, assess and facilitate learning, how we reflect on and evaluate learning and our contribution to professional development and leadership in teaching.”

Kamuka feels proud to be chosen as a recipient for the award as he points out that there are many great teachers at Unitec.

“I work with so many talented people that any of them could have been nominated.  Our Building Technology team continually engage in development work and help each other to be better teachers.”

While the teaching experience of Kamuka and Sue varies, what unifies them is their great passion for teaching.

“Every person is an individual and has different needs,” says Sue. “To help the students I use a lot of variety in my lecturers to ensure everyone is involved”. Sue explains that she uses stories in her lectures to help students relate to the subject.

“Sciences feel like a mysterious world for some students. The use of stories and analogies helps to translate foreign terms and concepts into a language they understand.”

Kamuka highlights the importance of gaining the trust and respect of students. “Not having an authoritative approach but rather an equal approach is what sets you up for the entire year.

“I constantly challenge myself to improve and I ask myself: How can I do it better next time?” Kamuka continuously searches for ways of improving student learning and keeping students involved.

Sue has been teaching at Unitec since 1989. Originally a cardiopulmonary technician at Greenlane hospital, she gained an NZ Certificate in Science (paramedical) and worked with pioneering heart surgeon, Sir Brian Barrett-Boyes. She gained an MSc in Science education in 2000.

“Since coming to teaching, my mission has been to make science fun, interesting and exciting particularly for a group who may not have had much exposure to the sciences or have found them difficult. I try to open a window onto how exciting and amazing the human body is.”

Kamuka has been teaching at Unitec since 2004. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education at Unitec as well as a National Certificate in Carpentry and is currently studying a Masters of Education.

“I couldn’t have done this without the help and support of my colleagues, in particular Daniel Fuemana, Mark Smith and Linda Keesing-Styles.”
What makes a great teacher? Kamuka and Sue both put the student in the centre of the teaching and learning process.
About the awards
The annual Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, established in 2001, celebrate New Zealand’s finest tertiary teachers - as recognised by their organisations, colleagues and learners. They provide an opportunity for teachers to further their careers and share good practice in teaching. A key focus of the awards is to identify and reward teaching practices that are student-focused and committed to promoting effective learning.
The awards are administered by Ako Aotearoa – The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. 
In 2013 ten Sustained Excellence Awards of $20,000 each were awarded.

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