Associate Professor Betty Leask has just been awarded $350,000 to
undertake research and activities which support and promote excellence
in teaching in Australian higher education institutions.
The prestigious National Teaching Fellowship, one of only three awarded
by the Australian Learning and
Teaching Council, will fund an ongoing program centred on
internationalisation of the curriculum and develop both knowledge and
practice in this area.
Prof Leask says that as universities endeavour to educate graduates who
genuinely have the capacity to work globally, they need to more clearly
define how best to do that within different contexts and settings.
"It is easy to talk about internationalisation, but when you look below
the surface of the rhetoric, it's clear that we need to know much more
about what internationalisation means to academic staff in different
disciplines so that we can effectively measure our success in this
area," she says.
"I want to use this funding to build capacity across institutions and
discipline groups and to develop a framework, guidelines and principles
for successful internationalisation of the curriculum that will have
long-term value for institutions and academic staff and improve the
learning outcomes of all students."
Prof Leask says the Fellowship activities will be supported by national
and international networks to strengthen and broaden case studies and
ensure that the framework is widely and critically evaluated prior to
She says the Fellowship will deliver a practical "how to" guide for
academic staff who are working to internationalise their curricula and
apply changes within their discipline and institution.
UniSA Vice Chancellor
Professor Peter Høj says he is delighted that the project will be
led by such a valued member of the University's academic leadership
"Betty is a leader in her field and has led a number of initiatives to
improve teaching and learning across the University, many of them
focussed on the internationalisation of both the formal and the informal
curriculum." Prof Høj said.
"Internationalisation is a priority area at UniSA and we seek to foster
intercultural and global relationships and perspectives in all of our
activities in a coordinated way.
"The focus of the National Fellowship activities on the development of a
framework that connects the internationalisation of teaching and
learning with institutional policy and vision will be of immediate and
enduring value to our institution and other Australian educational
Source: University Of South Australia http://www.unisa.edu.au/news/2010/120510.asp