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USQ teaching excellence recognised in national awards

From financial literacy to tax law, a USQ teacher has found an award-winning way to teach students challenging subjects.

USQ Senior Lecturer Dr Toni Chardon has been awarded a 2018 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) program.

The national awards recognise the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students.

Dr Chardon, from USQ’s School of Law and Justice, received the citation “for overcoming challenges in learning taxation law and bringing it to life to develop taxation literacy: Fostering passionate and enthusiastic teaching practice through situated learning”.

“It is a significant award and very humbling,” Dr Chardon said

“I appreciate all of the support and encouragement I have been given by USQ, as well as the feedback from my students over many years to make this happen.”

The awards celebrate and reward programs and practices that support students and enhance learning and promote excellence in learning and teaching in all aspects of higher education.

“My philosophy has always been to motivate students by sharing my enthusiasm with them,” Dr Chardon said.

“It’s about making somewhat complex subjects interesting by linking them with real word relevance. Personalising the subject learning and focusing on why it is important.”

For 15 years as a tertiary educator, Dr Chardon has brought innovative and socially impactful ideas and experiences including, since 2006, to USQ’s multimodal classrooms.

“We have an opportunity to make an impact on students' personal and professional learning journey beyond the content and assessment,” she said.

“Through sharing our own passion and experiences we can positively impact the way they apply their learning in their professions.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Karen Nelson said USQ highly valued quality learning and teaching and its vital contribution to student success.

“This award is a wonderful recognition of Toni’s commitment, dedication and innovative practice as a teacher,” Professor Nelson said.

“The AAUT Citations are awarded in a very competitive process, and this award recognises Toni’s excellence in her area of teaching.”

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USQ Senior Lecturer Dr Toni Chardon