UNE Business School Leads in Online Learning

Published 28 May 2013

LearnXAwardsThe University of New England’s UNE Business School has been nationally recognised in the 2013 LearnX Impact Awards.  Awards were received in the categories of Best Talent – Learning Team, Best Talent – Online Facilitator and Best eLearning Design – Interactive Scenario.

The annual awards are open to any individual, team or organisation operating in an Asia–Pacific country and who have implemented or released a learning solution from January 2012.  The Awards aim to acknowledge the importance of learning and development and recognise the impact that talented learning professionals can have on organisational capability.

The gold award for Best Talent – Learning Team was awarded to the Educational Development and Communications team (Sue Whale, Naomi McGrath, Tim Cluley and Llara McClenaghan) and builds on the UNE Business School’s ongoing commitment to the creation and support of best practice online learning resources and activities. The result of this work is improved interaction and engagement in units for students, ensuring they achieve the best learning outcomes.

“We have established streamlined, high-quality online courseware which is consistent across all units offered within the School, providing an enhanced educational experience for students.” said Professor Alison Sheridan, Head of the UNE Business School.  “Our academic staff are also committed to responding to ongoing trends and developments in the industry, ensuring units stay relevant,” Professor Sheridan continued.

Dr Leopold Bayerlein was awarded the platinum award of Best Talent – Online Facilitator for the high quality of his online facilitation skills for which he has received consistent praise from students since his appointment in the School.

Dr Bayerlein and Naomi McGrath also achieved a finalist position in the Best eLearning Design (Interactive Scenario) category for his ‘Balancing Life’ Alternate Reality Gaming platform in an undergraduate accounting unit taught at the UNE Business School.

Replicating a ‘real life’ workplace online, the purpose built learning environment is designed to support students by providing in situ scenarios and content, focusing on the development of practical skills. This allows students a self paced online learning experience while supporting UNE’s strategy to create flexible and interactive online learning scenarios.

The project was developed in response to feedback from former students and potential employers in the local business community who highlighted the need for the development of practical skills and understanding of interactions between concepts to further improve the work readiness of graduates.

 For more information about the UNE Business School visit http://www.une.edu.au/business-school/