Creative approach to teaching recognised

Australian Maritime College

Oct 7 2013

Dr Christopher Chin believes teaching should be creative, energetic and tailored to meet diverse student needs.

His teaching philosophy, which centres on active learning and guiding students to realise their potential, has been recognised with a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Tasmania. The award comprises $5000 to be used for professional expenses such as travel, research or resources to support the teaching program.

Dr Chin is a senior lecturer in mathematics at the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics who teaches first-year mathematics and engineering students across a number of faculties.

“My aim is to ensure that students can confidently apply their knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals to problem identification, formulation and solution development. In turn this will foster their desire and capacity to undertake lifelong learning,” he said.

“I am very honoured to receive this award and look forward to continuing to develop new and innovative ways to enhance the learning experience for my students.”

In addition to his teaching duties Dr Chin has played a key role in upgrading several mathematics units, including the development of online delivery and assessment systems to foster independent learning.

He has also developed and delivered specialised refresher courses to help international students with the transition from their overseas institution to the university.

NCMEH Acting Director Giles Thomas said the award was well-deserved.

“Chris influences, motivates and inspires students to actively participate in all learning aspects within his maths and science units and has an excellent reputation for getting the message across,” Associate Professor Thomas said.

“He makes every effort to assist students with their learning and has strong respect and support for their development as individuals.”

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