30th April 2008

Two teaching experts from QUT's Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) have each been recognised for their teaching and learning research, being awarded prestigious Carrick associate fellowships.

Queensland University of Technology FIT senior lecturer Helen Partridge and FIT cluster leader for Information Science Professor Christine Bruce won two of only eight associate fellowships offered this year, making QUT the only Australian university to win more than one.

The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education awards the associate fellowships to support leading educators as they further enhance the quality of tertiary teaching through research projects.

Dr Partridge is embarking on research that will keep information management students up-to-date with the latest web technologies.

"The library and information world has been greatly impacted by Web 2.0 technology," Dr Partridge said.

"You can't turn around anywhere without hearing someone talk about their blog or Myspace page.

"My goal is to produce students who are not only leaders but innovators in Web 2.0."

Professor Bruce is researching the best strategies for working with PhD students.

"My research project will help IT and engineering PhD candidates make the most they can out of their doctoral experience," Professor Bruce said.

"Being awarded the associate fellowship is recognition of the importance of teaching and learning research within the sector and nationally.

"It is national recognition of our faculty's focus on the importance of student learning."

The educators will be given grants of up to $80,000 to undertake their research.

The wins are the latest in a string of Carrick Institute successes at QUT's FIT, which includes a Teaching Excellence Award win by Associate Professor Sylvia Edwards, four Carrick citations and involvement in two Carrick-funded research projects.

Media contact: Rachael Wilson, QUT media officer, 07 3138 1150 or rachael.wilson@qut.edu.au.
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