New University Recruit Awarded for Innovation

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ENCOURAGING academics to think outside the box has earned the University of Southern QueenslandCOs new recruit Professor Mike Keppell an ascilite Innovation and Excellence Award.

Professor Keppell, who joined USQ two months ago as the executive director of ADFI and director of the Digital Futures CRN Program, received the award for his work in designing and implementing The Flexible Learning InstituteCOs Teaching Fellowship Scheme which focused on curriculum design, distributive leadership and design-based research.

Professor Keppell designed the program during his previous time at the Charles Sturt University to provide C[pounds sterling]time and spaceC[yen] for busy teachers and academics to develop strategies and innovative methods in learning and teaching.

C[pounds sterling]I established the project in 2007 and since then it has engaged 26 Fellows across four faculties, 23 schools and nine different campuses,C[yen] Professor Keppell said.

C[pounds sterling]I was quite chuffed to receive the award, as ascilite (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) are a vibrant professional community of innovators, leaders and scholars engaged in exemplary research within Australasia.

C[pounds sterling]The award was excellent recognition of the leadership, research and outcomes of the project.

C[pounds sterling]It was a major strategic project over five years and involved substantial mentoring of the fellows, as well as redesign of the curriculum through blending and flexible learning. …