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Professor James Arvanitakis- Responding to student feedback: more pragmati...
Fri. 5 May 2017, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm AEST
Responding to student feedback: more pragmatism than art
Presented by: 2012 Prime Minister's University Teacher of the Year and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Western Sydney Professor James Arvanitakis
In the contemporary university there are multiple feedback mechanisms that educators confront: from the formal student feedback forms to the informal world of social media. Like urbanspoon, we are now even confronted by sites that 'rate your professor'. But how valuable are these sources and how do we best respond? In this workshop, we look at how we can best collect student feedback, how to respond to it and just as importantly, how do we keep those student who provide feedback abreast of what we are doing.
About the Presenter
Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University. He is also a lecturer in Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. James was also the founding Head of The Academy at Western Sydney University that received an Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award in 2016.
James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the 2012 Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award and an Eminent Researcher Award from the Australia India Education Council in 2015.
A former economist and free market advocate, James changed his position after witnessing child and indentured labour. After 9 years of working in finance, he has since worked with a cross section of organisations across Australia, Asia, Pacific and Europe including Oxfam Hong Kong, Aid/Watch and Friends of the Earth (France).
His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. James has authored over 100 articles and this year has released three books: Sociologic (a first year sociology textbook with Oxford University Press), Citizen Scholar and the future of universities (Palgrave), and From Despair to Hope (Penguin). James is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV and hosts the podcast ‘Sociologic’.
James blogs at www.jamesarvanitakis.net and can be found on twitter @jarvanitakis