From an impressive field of more than 1,100 applications for the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards "the Oscars of education", QUT's Design for Impact and Robotics@QUT programs are finalists.
Congratulations to the QUT staff who will now showcase their work at the 2021 Reimagine Education Virtual Conference with a 2-minute video pitch in a virtual booth where delegates from across the world can provide feedback and vote on the pitch. Winners will be announced during the virtual conference between 8 and 10 December.
This is a global competition that brings together a panel of international judges to reward innovative approaches to education that enhance student learning outcomes and employability.
QUT Design for Impact
Shortlisted for the Presence Learning and Teaching Award, Mr Dean Brough, Mrs Melanie Finger, Ms Sheona Thomson, Dr Deanna Meth, Mr James Macaulay, Dr Liz Brogden, Mr Andrew Scott, Prof Lisa Scharoun, Dr Gregor Mews, Dr Claire Brophy, Mr Scott Parlett, Mrs Melissa Guyatt, Ms Kathleen Horton, Ms Madeline Taylor, Ms Amanda Bellaby from the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice; Faculty of Engineering; and Academic Division, Education Portfolio.
Innovative, complex and authentic transdisciplinary ‘Impact Labs’ were introduced across the reimagined QUT Bachelor of Design curriculum in 2019. Drawing on stakeholder feedback reflecting shifting employer and global needs, the four units, ‘Place’, ‘People’, ‘Planet’ and ‘Purpose’ aim to future-proof design students’ careers. Labs facilitate the gradual development of students’ theoretical understandings of societal and global issues. Experiential, inquiry-led design challenges undertaken in the labs build students’ core design skills and twenty-first century capabilities including transdisciplinary collaboration, reflection, networking and profile-building. The scalable model supports large cohorts and mutually-beneficial industry partnerships, while facilitating repeated intimate, transformative and ethically-grounded design experiences.
Shortlisted for the K12 Award, Dr Christina Chalmers, Mrs Annika Lyttle, Ms Kyran Darben from the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice.
Robotics@QUT is a support network focused on building aspirations for higher education and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers with school students from low socioeconomic status areas in North Brisbane, by building teachers and pre-service teachers’ confidence and capacity to implement engaging robotics-based STEM activities. The Robotics@QUT approach incorporates cost-free Professional Development, access to curriculum-linked resources, classroom support from QUT pre-service teachers, loan kits to ensure equitable access and participation, and sponsored opportunities for students and their families, for robotic-based fun-days, exhibitions, and competitions.