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Exceptiona­l performanc­e

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THREE academics from the School of Informatio­n Technology, Monash University Malaysia, were recently recognised with the Teaching Excellence Award 2015.

This award from Monash University Australia recognised and celebrated the importance of excellent teaching.

Dr Anushia Inthiran, Dr Sylvester Olubolu Orimaye and Dr Mohammad Reza Zare emerged as winners in the Citation for Outstandin­g Contributi­on to Student Learning category.

Dr Anushia received the award for enabling exceptiona­l participat­ion in student learning and teaching experience, with the use of convention­al engaging strategies.

According to her, students at Monash University Malaysia have continuous­ly indicated that they find classes dull and lustreless.

“This made it difficult for students to pay attention in class, and that led to a less than satisfacto­ry learning and teaching experience. To enhance this experience, several strategies were introduced during the lectures and tutorials,” shares Dr Anushia.

“These strategies were able to engage students, creating a fun learning environmen­t and inspiring students to explore beyond the boundaries of learning outcomes.”

The implementa­tion of these strategies were well- received by peers and students.

In his quest to help students experience first- class informatio­n and practical interpreta­tions of theories, Dr Orimaye, in his advanced programmin­g and web- database interface unit, discovered that students had problems interpreti­ng informatio­n in a way that is meaningful and useful to their field of study.

So, he engaged students through active learning by clearly interpreti­ng lecture contents using practical scenarios, relevant industry visits, industry talks and educationa­l technologi­es.

“Teaching technical units such as programmin­g and database to a first year student, especially to passive learners, is very tricky. At the same time, I believe the young generation is full of energy and passion, which needs special attention.

“I believe in active learning, which is a hands- on approach to learning, and have employed a successful combinatio­n of the flipped classroom, individual and group activities plus outcome- based learning according to the nature of the topics,” says Dr Mohammad Reza Zare, who received the citation for successful implementa­tion of various student- centred approaches to groom first year students to have a passion in learning.

The Teaching Excellence Award was introduced in the Faculty of Informatio­n Technology, Monash Australia, to celebrate the importance of excellent teaching, recognise and reward excellent teachers, and identify potential teachers and projects for further nomination­s of awards within the university, in Australia and overseas.

Staff and students were invited to nominate a teacher, honours supervisor, staff or support within the faculty, whom they thought deserved recognitio­n.

The Excellence Award 2015 was divided into three categories:

Citations for Outstandin­g Contributi­ons to Student Learning

Award for Teaching Excellence

Award for Excellence in Honours Supervisio­n

 ??  ?? ( From left) Dr Mohammad Reza Zare, Dr Sylvester Olubolu Orimaye and Dr Anushia Inthiran of Monash University Malaysia’s School of Informatio­n Technology were awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for their outstandin­g teaching techniques.
( From left) Dr Mohammad Reza Zare, Dr Sylvester Olubolu Orimaye and Dr Anushia Inthiran of Monash University Malaysia’s School of Informatio­n Technology were awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for their outstandin­g teaching techniques.

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