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Depradine Named Teaching and Learning Champion

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, July 12, 2013

Head of the Department of Computer Science, Maths and Physics and award-winning teacher at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Dr. Colin Depradine, was presented with a Teaching and Learning Champion Award by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning  (CETL)during the opening ceremony of the Teaching and Technology Symposium and the launch of Teaching and Learning Week at the Campus recently.

Coordinator of the events Pat Atherley said that as part of the celebration of the Campus’ 50th anniversary, the Centre had decided to present a special award to a member of the academic staff “in recognition of exceptional dedication to and support of excellence in teaching and learning.”  Noting that there were several members of staff at the Campus diligently pursuing excellence in teaching, involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and giving of their time and expertise to support the work of the CETL, she said that in the case of Dr. Depradine, it was “all of the above, and then some.”

Atherley noted that the Computer Science lecturer has been an active supporter of the teaching and learning centre since the Campus started its programme “to effect a paradigm shift from teacher-centred to learner-centred pedagogy several years ago.”   The Educational Technologist said that Dr. Depradine was one of the first members of faculty to embrace the use of the elearning course and learning management system and has consistently sought to share his knowledge and experiences with colleagues through his participation in the Centre’s faculty development programmes. 

Dr. Depradine was awarded the inaugural Guardian General award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2008.  Despite these accolades, Atherley noted, in 2009 he registered as a member of the first cohort of faculty pursuing the Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL), for which he remains a strong advocate.  Atherley also noted that one of the first things Depradine did after assuming the postion of Head of Department was to establish a departmental committee on Teaching and Learning.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Campus’ Classroom Management Committee which oversees the quality of the classroom environment.


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