In the current education environment there are many complexities and challenges facing our tertiary educators. For example, new learning spaces; the potential of technology advances such as personal computers, smart phones and tablets, and diversity in students. These have implications for policy, infrastructure and the way we teach. Many universities are investing millions of dollars on informal learning spaces, and refurbishing or replacing didactic teaching spaces with spaces that encourage activity and interaction. Institutions rely on their elite academic teaching staff to be creative and innovate in ways that exploit and explore their potential.
Each year the Department of Education and Training recognises university teachers from across the Australia for their exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching.
This website, produced by the 2016 Victorian Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network (VTAS PEN), captures the profiles of Australia’s most highly recognised teachers – the recipients of the Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year (AAUTY). The purpose of the website is to take a first step in creating a national network of leading educators.