Awareness invoking positive change: Reflections on lecturing practice in Computer and Information Science
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Information Science / Centre for Security Research
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.