The Community of Education and Learning Evidence-based Scholarship (CELEBS) formed at the inaugural retreat of Education Focussed academics in 2017 with the aim of developing expertise and resources to support academic to evaluates their teaching practices.
Led by Dr Rebecca LeBard and Associate Professor Adrienne Torda, the community of practice collaborated to develop “Evaluating Practice” a website to help academics evaluate all aspects of their teaching. The site features 20 videos that draw on the experience of education-focused academics from across UNSW. Their approaches to evaluation provide ideas and methodologies for a variety of purposes, including applying for awards or promotion, designing an online course, or implementing innovative change.
CELEBS has grown to a community of over thirty academics and postgraduate students who meet every month to present and discuss approaches to the evaluation of teaching.
Dr Rebecca Lebard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. She is an Education Focussed academic and teaches a range of undergraduate courses in the Faculties of Science and Medicine, including a large first year biology course and undergraduate courses in biochemistry and molecular biology. In recognition for her work, Rebecca was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015, and a citation for contributions to student learning in the Australian University Teaching Awards, 2016.
Associate Professor Adrienne Torda, Office of Medical Education and Prince of Wales Clinical School. Adi is a medical educator and educational innovator in the Medicine Faculty and UNSW, responsible for curricular design and convenor of the Ethics in Medicine element of the Medicine program. She also teaches a number of disciplines within the program and in workplace training in the more senior years, particularly those that relate to her discipline expertise (infectious diseases and immunisation). She has just been appointed UNSW Medicine Associate Dean, Education and Innovation. She is also an Education Focussed academic.
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