Posted on 06/06/2012
Professor Scott Elias has been awarded an Excellence Award, one of the College's Teaching Prizes. The award was made for innovation in teaching, particularly in the use of mp3 files to give more detailed and more instructive feedback to students. The Awards Committee noted that this innovation allowed Scott 'to say far more to students, and to indicate better the tone and context of our remarks.' Scott's innovation was focused on first year teaching, where we spend a lot of time with small groups, particularly developing students' skills in essay writing and data analysis. Scott is delighted to receive the award, which will be awarded formally at the Graduation Ceremony in July.
"This is an important recognition of the excellence of Scott's teaching" says David Gilbert, Head of the Department of Geography. "Scott's teaching gets extraordinarily good feedback scores, and his expertise and passion in areas such as biogeography and ice-age environments shines through in the response of students. This award shows that he is a real innovator, as well as a great communicator of his science. His work also demonstrates a key aspect of our culture in the Department: the combination of research leadership with real commitment to communication to students - we are very proud of his achievement."