Posted on 8 May 2014
Web and VLE Coordinator for the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, Matt Cornock, has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award 2013/14.
Matt is responsible for advising on and implementing the way that the Department uses learning technologies, such as Yorkshare (the institutional Virtual Learning Environment), to enhance the student learning experience on our campus-based programmes.
The awarding panel congratulated Matt on supporting and encouraging academic staff to develop their own skills in VLE site design and the use of tools such as reflective blogs, online formative feedback, self-paced learning units and online lectures. These interventions provide structure to students' independent learning and provide opportunities for student engagement beyond the classroom.
In addition, the panel noted the Department's 'impressive' Preparing to Study sites, developed by Matt with programme leaders, which support the transition of new students into higher education and welcomes them into the Department's community, and the way that student feedback is used to explore areas of improvement.
The panel also commended Matt's 'creative and enthusiastic leadership' of an innovative short course for social science students, Social Media for Social Policy, which provides practical training in the use of multimedia and web technologies for campaigning and public engagement of social issues. These skills are directly relevant to graduates entering the public and third sectors who adopt communications or dissemination roles.
The Award will be formally conferred by the Vice-Chancellor at a degree ceremony in July.
The awards are given on an annual basis in recognition of individuals or teams who have demonstrated sustained excellence, creativity and significant impact on teaching and learning across the University.
Nominations are invited from Departments and then assessed by a panel convened jointly by the University Teaching Committee and the Learning and Teaching Forum.
I'm grateful for the positive feedback from staff and students, and recognition of my contribution to the Department. Staff in the Department have always been receptive to new ideas and it is rewarding to see learning technology being adopted thoughtfully, with a desire to enhance the student experience.