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Posted by ACAP on 15 October 2020

ACAP Thanks Teachers for Keeping Classrooms Alive

The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) celebrated World Teachers’ Day (WTD) to highlight the efforts of teaching staff and their response to the events of this year.

WTD is an annual worldwide celebration of the teaching profession held on October 10. Throughout the following week, ACAP recognised and celebrated their teaching community in various ways.

ACAP CEO, George Garrop, said: “This year’s WTD theme ‘Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future’ is certainly pertinent to the challenges our ACAP teachers have faced, and to their remarkable achievements so far in 2020.”

Teaching journeys

As part of the celebrations, ACAP asked academic staff members to share their teaching journeys, from what inspired them to become a teacher to their experience transitioning to online learning.  

Academic Teacher, Maddie Mathisen, said her inspiration for becoming a teacher came from the personal and professional impact teachers have had on her life.

“I saw inspiration in any professional woman who was economically independent and confident. My first personal encounters with professional women were with my teachers. Eventually, wanting to inspire other women like my teachers, I became a scientist to teach postgraduate students. Fast forward to now; I work at my dream job as a lecturer at ACAP, with endless possibilities to grow.”

Looking back on his time at the lectern, Academic Teacher, John Reece, said that are three main areas in which teaching has changed dramatically: technology, quality, and accountability.

“When I first started teaching, whiteboards had just replaced blackboards, and overhead projectors displaying clear plastic sheets of notes was about the most sophisticated form of technology at your disposal. The technology we now have at our disposal to aid learning is amazing, and I can only imagine what the classroom in 50 years time will look like.”

Academic Teacher, Simon Daly, said the transition to online learning had driven students to develop their IT fluency and had “helped students to see their laptops as being capable of more than just writing and submitting assessments.”

“I believe in the long term, post COVID-19 restrictions, online learning communities will enjoy far better patronage, in particular for learners who have to manage other lifestyle responsibilities. This recent, rapid, mass upskilling in technological fluency, and perhaps more importantly, understanding the cultural social norms for online collaborative endeavours, continues to evolve.”

Teaching through a pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACAP transitioned temporarily to online learning to protect the health and safety of staff and students.

George Garrop said: “Our teachers’ unwavering flexibility and creativity has worked to keep our classrooms alive since the successful transition to online delivery back in March. Their willingness to facilitate such significant adaptations in order to teach in this new paradigm is a true credit to them.”

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