Dr Mark Hirons
Mark is Departmental Lecturer and Director of the MSc/MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at the Environmental Change Institute.
Mark’s portfolio was impressive and powerfully written. Mark is was particularly effective in balancing self-reflection, critical engagement with scholarship and consideration of the interdisciplinary context of teaching sustainability studies. The portfolio is notable in that it reflects in depth on some significant and challenging educational concepts – for example, what it means to be truly ‘inclusive’, how to best use learning technologies to support pedagogy and the process of improving as a teacher. Mark grappled with these concepts and, importantly, demonstrated his ideas in practice in the design of his module, ‘Environment and Society – Power and politics’.
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Dr Chris Horton
Chris is Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at the Oxford Medical School.
Chris' portfolio was outstanding in both its academic rigour and depth of reflection. His portfolio offered some particularly thoughtful discussions on discipline-specific tensions and challenges within education provision, such as the ‘disconnect’ between a content-heavy syllabus and the need to support learning through a focus on skills. The portfolio outlined important issues, for example, how to make most effective use of learning technologies to teach subjects that have traditionally taken place in clinical settings. An exceptional portfolio and most worthy of the Portfolio Prize for 2020-21.
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Dr Rose Sawyer
Rose is Stipendiary Lecturer in Old and Middle English at the Faculty of English.
There were many strengths to Rose’s portfolio, one of which was Rose’s ability to use world events to give students new ways to approach material in Old and Middle English. Rose foregrounds student voices, situating them alongside her own experiences and evidence from educational literature to develop a truly inclusive approach that supports diverse learners. Rose takes a highly analytical, and meticulously detailed, approach to all areas of course design, including evaluation and assessment and feedback. Overall, an impressive portfolio!
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