Flinders University congratulates the following people who were awarded a prestigious OLT Fellowship in 2014 :

Professor Dennis McDermott (Poche Chair) was awarded an OLT Senior Teaching Fellowship for his proposal entitled ‘Having the hard conversations: Strengthening pedagogical effectiveness by working with student and institutional resistance to Indigenous health curriculum’

Professor Joe Shapter (School of Chemical and Physical Sciences) on being awarded an OLT Teaching Fellowship for his proposeal titled ‘Developing tailored study plans for the new higher education environment’

 

Professor Dennis McDermott - Having the hard conversations: Strengthening pedagogical effectiveness by working with student and institutional resistance to Indigenous health curriculum.

Many students and health professionals struggle to engage fully with Indigenous health curricula. North American medical education literature documents student resistance to the role of the social determinants of health in shaping patient presentations. In the Australian context, analysis of colonisation-related determinants can be sufficiently disquieting to lead to varying levels of student disengagement. Future efficacy. In Indigenous health, through attainment of a comprehensively-informed, nuanced skill-set, along with the development of culturally-safe practice, is jeopardised. Additionally, without a critical mass of institutional support, Indigenous pedagogical perspectives can be discounted and core subject status dismantled.

This senior fellowship will collaboratively develop a program of activities that addresses the challenges of student and institutional engagement. Dissemination activities, involving national stakeholders, will embed strategies to increase the effectiveness of teaching in Indigenous health. Briefings will also be held with accreditation bodies, the key audience overseeing health professional curricula, to seek a targeted strengthening of institutional support for curriculum and staff.

 

Professor Joe Shapter - Developing tailored study plans for the new higher education environment

The higher education sector is at a crossroads. Approaches used to engage students for the better part of the last thousand years are no longer working and the problem is likely to get worse. It is timely that the sector examines paths forward to address and indeed engage in the new environment in which it will work in the future.

This fellowship will catalyse and inform (by examination of best practice in Australia and elsewhere) a sector-wide discussion regarding the future of study pathways within Australian universities, private providers and TAFEs by engaging students, staff, professional associations, industry and other interested parties. The outcome of the fellowship will be options for institutions that promote high-level student engagement in the emerging environment but still guarantee that Australian higher education will provide the highest quality education possible.