Martin Carruthers, a lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute has been voted the Most Engaging Video Conference Lecturer in the 2021 HISA Awards.
The annual awards are judged by a student panel and Martin’s recognises his exceptional use of video-conferencing technology to engage with and enhance the UHI student experience.
The student who nominated Martin for his award wrote:
“As a remote student I rely on the energy and enthusiasm of a VC Lecturer to engage not only with the topic but through the screen to me as an active participant to motivate and enhance the learning experience. Martin exemplifies the skills required to do this as can be seen by the large number of students enrolling in his classes.
“Martin uses a mixture of techniques in his online classes to engage his students, including promoting and allowing lots of time for questions and discussion during class.
“The use of different formats such as pre-reading and critiquing articles as a jumping off point to start discussions is invaluable in promoting critical thinking and not just rote learning.
“Martin keeps the subject relevant and interesting by engaging with all aspects of the subject presenting multiple points of view, theoretical standpoints and using wide and varied supporting evidence. His amiable character provides a safe environment to ask questions for all students, a truly inspiring lecturer.”
The full list of HISA Awards 2021 winners is available here.
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