Dr Leopold Bayerlein from the University of New England has been named as a recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching, in an announcement made at the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching Presentation Ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra last night.
Dr Bayerlein has received this highly prestigious national award – one of only 16 awarded in 2014 – in the Early Career category.
The Australian Awards for University Teaching celebrate the nation’s most outstanding university teachers in their fields. They recognise teachers who are renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills, and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.
This accolade follows a number of awards for Dr Bayerlein, including a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Office of Teaching and Learning, a UNE Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, and first place in the International Conference on Open and Flexible Education Best Practices for Flexible Learning Award.
Dr Bayerlein commenced his teaching career as a Lecturer in Accounting at the UNE Business School in 2011. His teaching aims to motivate and inspire students through his enthusiasm for learning, and innovative teaching methods. Dr Bayerlein has developed a virtual internship approach to teaching that intermeshes proven teaching strategies with an immersive virtual workplace simulation.