Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - 2010

Mrs Helen Holden

Central Queensland University
Queensland

Citation

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

Synopsis

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.