AccessAbilty Services is a support service for JCU students who identify with temporary or permanent disability, injury, illness or health condition. The Inclusive Practice Acknowledgement Award (IPAA) has been part of JCU’s AccessAbility Services since 2000. Recipients of the IPAA are recognised for their efforts to be flexible, consultative, proactive and/or innovative.
In this personal account, IPAA recipient Professor Lin Schwarzkopf reflects on good teaching practice that effectively demonstrates her strong commitment to social and academic inclusivity.
Professor Lin Schwarzkopf
Discipline of Zoology and Tropical Ecology
I was very surprised and pleased to receive the Inclusive Practice Acknowledgement Award. It is important to me that all students benefit from my teaching and this is reward in itself. This kind of award especially since it is student nominated reinforces my belief in doing the right thing by students and confirms that whatever the right thing is; is acknowledged by others.
I try to be innovative by changing my teaching approach often, and by giving students as much actual hands-on practice of the subject that is possible within a classroom or laboratory setting. Rather than simply learning facts, I try to challenge students to think broadly and to problem-solve. Within the range of being fair to all students, I try to ensure that I am flexible about my requirements for subjects. I believe that students benefit more fully from required work by tailoring requirements to their own needs.