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2013

Winners of first Research-informed Teaching Awards announced

March 4, 2013

Four members of staff have been announced as the recipients of the first-ever Research-informed Teaching Awards – annual awards, introduced by the University last year, to recognise and celebrate Loughborough academics who have demonstrated excellence in research-informed teaching.

The inaugural recipients are as follows:

Professor Jonathan Chambers (Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering)

Jonathan restructured the teaching of digital signal processing (DSP) within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2007. He then introduced a new MSc programme entitled Signal Processing in Digital Communication Systems and obtained support from Texas Instruments, the foremost manufacturer of signal processing devices, to open a dedicated Real-Time DSP Lab within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2011. 

These state-of-the-art signal processing development tools have allowed him to enhance his teaching by generating assignments to develop programming and evaluation skills, and he has used industrially-informed research problems to engage his students. 

Professor Barbara Jaworski (Maths Education Centre)

Most of Barbara’s research has focused on the teaching of mathematics and its development at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Teaching at the University has provided her with the opportunity to extend these studies to her own teaching and that of her colleagues 

Design of mathematical tasks, teaching approaches and research methodology is central, with Barbara applying and extending theoretical perspectives used at other levels.  She works particularly with inquiry approaches in three layers: students’ learning of mathematics, teachers’ teaching of mathematics and the developmental research process. For example, a research project, Engineering Students Understanding Mathematics studied an innovation into mathematics teaching for first year engineers involving inquiry approaches and computer-based learning environments.

This research promoted developmental practice, fed back to the teaching team and created new knowledge in the field of university mathematics teaching.

Dr Carol Robinson (Maths Education Centre)

Carol has taught at Loughborough University since 2003 and specialises in mathematics for engineering students.

Many Loughborough students have a passion for sport and Carol has utilised research into Mathematics in Sport to motive and enthuse students. First year students encountered topics such as the Duckworth-Lewis model for one-day cricket, modelling of the pulse-rate of long-distance runners and downhill skiing. 

Carol has pioneered the use of electronic voting systems at the University and undertaken research demonstrating the much improved in-class engagement of students. She formed and led an electronic voting systems staff interest group, with over 40 staff members. 

Dr Adrian Spencer (Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering).

Adrian led the development of several laboratories to reinforce applied thermodynamics modules and enhance undergraduate teaching and learning. This was largely done by final year project students working on applied scale facilities rather than bench top demonstrators. It provides two facets: engaging project work for final year project students while also delivering improved teaching facilities and learning experiences.

The development of two Masters modules has also demonstrated the use of inquiry-based learning in terms of developing students as researchers. This is particularly true for ‘Propulsion Design for the Environment’ where students must lead their research and learning for a successful outcome.

Further information about the awards is available on the Teaching Centre website.

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