USQ lecturer engineers better teaching practises
UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland senior lecturer Dr Steven Goh's outstanding efforts to inspire and engage his students have been recognised at the 2015 Australian Awards for University Teaching.
Dr Goh, from USQ's School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, was awarded a 2015 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning at a recent ceremony.
The Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching awards are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning.
Dr Goh's third-year Materials Science course asks engineering students to consider complex case studies and form their own professional judgement on the scenario.
"Traditionally, it has been a challenge for academics to teach engineering practice, distinguishing the differences between it and engineering science," Dr Goh said.
"When it comes to practising engineering at a professional level, a unique skillset and cognitive framework is required.
"My work has been focused on embedding learning opportunities in the classroom for students to acquire and exercise the professional judgement and skills they'll need in the industry."
Every couple of years, Dr Goh selects a case study and arranges for industry professionals to provide expert comment on the various factors of the incident.
"One example was the Qantas A380 engine failure where we took an in-depth look at the materials and design used, as well as the sequence of events leading to the failure.
The students went through the process of discovery, examinations and evaluation," he said.
In addition to his work as a Senior Lecturer (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering) at USQ, Dr Goh is also on the National Board, National Congress and Mechanical College Board of Engineers Australia, as well as the Australasia Association for Engineering Education's National Executive committee. Dr Goh said the OLT award recognised the importance of quality teaching within the tertiary education sector.
"Higher education is about investing in people, empowering them to do more with their lives," Dr Goh said.
"This award is an endorsement of that whole process."
USQ's involvement with the OLT awards is coordinated by Learning and Teaching Services and led by Acting Director Dr Fernando Padró.
For more information about studying engineering at USQ, visit http://www.usq.edu.au.