Transitioning to online teaching: the SEIT (UNSW Canberra) experience

Presented by Dr Kate Wilson

SEA Lecture by Kate Wilson

Scientia Education Academy Lecture Series

Perspective from the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT), UNSW Canberra

In March 2020, with only a few days notice, all face to face classes at UNSW Canberra were cancelled, and we were asked to move to online teaching - effective immediately. For a campus where the undergraduate teaching is almost exclusively face to face, and attendance is nearly 100%, this required a major paradigm shift for many of us – staff and students.

In this lecture Dr Wilson will describe how her School implemented the transition in the School of Engineering and what support mechanisms we put in place. She will also describe some of the things that did, and some of the things that didn’t, work. 

Learn more about Dr Kate Wilson

Dr Kate Wilson

Course Quality Assurance Coordinator
School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra

Dr Kate Wilson, SFHEA, is a senior lecturer and Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW Canberra (@ADFA) in the School of Engineering and IT, and the Learning and Teaching Group (LTG).

Kate teaches Engineering Mechanics and has a PhD in physics from Monash University and a Grad.Dip.Ed. (Secondary Teaching) from the University of Canberra. Kate also taught The Graduate Teaching Training Program (Beginning To Teach) and Foundations of University Learning and Teaching. She has been first year coordinator in physics at the ANU and Director of the Australian Science Olympiads Physics Program. She is a past member of the Sydney University Physics Education Research Group and has held an Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology Fellowship at UNSW (Kensington). 

Kate does research on student learning in physics, on first year transition, and on gender and assessment in science. She has published many journal and conference papers, and been an invited keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Physics conference, and symposia at ANU and Swinburne. Kate is an author of five textbooks for high school and university physics. The high school texts are used across Australia and support the new Australian Curriculum. The first year university text, in its second edition, is used internationally. These books are informed by current education research, including Kate’s own research into learning in physics. 

Kate also runs a popular primary school science enrichment program, which uses hands-on activities including building marshmallow canons and dissecting rats to teach fundamental ideas in science. Read more here.