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Jo-Ann Larkins
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And that's the hardest part, mastering the tech only to discover it doesn't help with our students' learning at all! But I guess without that exploration we might miss something that helps immensely (some of our students, anyway) or helps us think about enhancing learning differently. I guess my example would be Prezi - http://prezi.com/. I think it has its place and can be very useful, but not in every situation or every teaching environment. I think that the most important and powerful element of Prezi is not, however, how it is used in class, although I think that can be great, but rather how it can help us re-evaluate how we lecture. We have some colleagues who have used it and it allowed them to rethink the linearity of their lectures and to explore the possibility of a lecture that is not one slide after another, but a web of connected ideas and that their journey through it was only one possible way of constructing and curating that knowledge. That is powerful. That matters. In my mind, it helped those lecturers rethink their teaching and to throw out the unnecessary linearity that they had been encouraged into through using PowerPoint. I also think that a lecturer can get to that point without using Prezi, but that it's harder. So the technology helps, but is not a silver bullet. 
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Had these videos pointed out to me the other day. Particularly like the videos on What does a statistician do? and About the p-value. Great teaching resource (by Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation)
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Sessional Lecturer (Mathematics and Statistics)
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  • Federation University Australia
    Lecturer (Maths, Stats and Core Science Skills), 2014 - present
  • Monash University
    Sessional Lecturer (Mathematics and Statistics), present
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Educator to the often reluctant stats student. Passionate about the usefulness of Statistics in today's digital world.
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My primary professional focus is on achieving quality teaching and learning outcomes for and with a variety of tertiary students. I specialise in engaging and mentoring first year students in a range of faculties with their initial studies of statistics, seeking to make it interesting, useful and less intimidating as a subject area. I also have a passion for helping students become fluent in the language they need to effectively communicate their science. I seek to make necessary core subjects accessible to students, relevant to their chosen degree and ultimately develop marketable generic job skills within my students. I utilise the best of current technological resources in my teaching with an aim of optimising student engagement and ensuring equity and quality for isolated and distance students.

I enjoy engaging with others in research, mainly in mentoring others in statistical analysis of larger multivariate data sets. This work occurs at all levels, with my fellow academics, students at honours, masters and doctorate level and with administrative staff. I am a problem solver; becoming fascinated with helping to analyse and solve the wide variety of fascinating scenarios brought to me for assistance in analysis by my colleagues.
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Teaching Awards of Excellence (for high levels of student satisfaction in the Unit ETW1102), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Golden Apple Award Nominee 2010, 2012
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