Fiona Orr recieves 2015 Australian Award for University Teaching
24 September 2015
UTS: Health academic Fiona Orr has been honoured for her commitment to the learning experience of students in the 2015 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded by the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).
Fiona was cited alongside two UTS academics Associate Professor Sarath Kodagoda and Dr Julie Robert for innovative learning and teaching practices across the diverse disciplines of mechatronics (robotics), mental health nursing and language studies.
The citing recognised Fiona's innovative approaches to learning and teaching which have transformed nursing students' experiences in mental health education. These approaches include collaborations with mental health care consumers to develop innovative simulations which engage nursing students with the real world of people who experience mental ill-health. These learning experiences transform students' understandings of mental illness, develop empathy, and prepare students to respond to the mental health needs of all individuals in the health care system.
UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said the citations reflected the hard work and commitment of the three awarded staff and colleagues across UTS to the learning experience of students.
"Teaching and ensuring a leading educational experience are strategic priorities for us: the pillars, along with research and outreach, supporting our vision to be recognised a world-leading university of technology," Professor Brungs said.
"These citations are further evidence of the excellence and quality of our innovative approaches to teaching and learning."
Read more at the UTS Newsroom: Citations recognise outstanding contributions to student learning