Title

Awareness invoking positive change: Reflections on lecturing practice in Computer and Information Science

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Murdoch University

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research

RAS ID

2910

Comments

This article was originally published as: Williams, P. (2005). Awareness invoking positive chang e: reflections on lecturing practice in Computer and Information Science. The Reflective Practitioner: Proceedings of the 14th Annual Teaching Learning Forum (pp.1-11). Perth, Western Australia. : Original article available here

Abstract

Tertiary teaching is ready for change. The push for widespread adoption of student centred techniques to promote deep and lifelong learning is gathering momentum. Further, teaching in the disciplines of computer and information science has additional challenges such as student motivation and the teaching of large classes. For the author, postgraduate study in tertiary teaching has encouraged the awareness of these challenges. In addition, it has exposed the importance of defining a personal teaching philosophy, and altering teaching practice to be consistent with this philosophy and with the objectives of a wider range of educational stakeholders. Entering tertiary education as a lecturer with an industry background brings the added accountability to monitor and improve teaching skills, which has been facilitated by professional development activities and undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Teaching) taught at Edith Cowan University (ECU). This paper describes a personal journey of awareness and reflection, prompted by education, leading to positive change and practical application of student centred techniques in the computer and information science disciplines.