Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - 2010

Mrs Helen Holden

Central Queensland University


For using creative strategies that enable a diverse group of marginalised learners to develop the academic and personal skills necessary to become successful lifelong learners


Helen Holden teaches academic writing and research skills to students from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds in a bridging program at Central Queensland University. Drawing on myths of the hero's journey, she uses a range of innovative learning activities to enable students marginalised by previous educational experiences, to reconceptualise themselves as learners. Her exceptional creativity and support enable both on-campus and external students to develop the skills they need to be successful writers, as well as motivated and resilient learners.