CORE Teaching Award
Chris McDonald, University of Western Australia
Awarded for Chris' outstanding contribution to teaching and his drive to arouse students’ curiosity, interest, creative endeavour and enthusiasm for computing.
Chris McDonald has taught in and undertakes research in the technical computing areas of computing systems, networking, security, software development, and programming languages for 32 years. His level 2-4 units introduce students to many fundamental technical aspects of computing, by providing both their historical context and contemporary examples of their application. Chris McDonald addresses the challenge of weaving together the old and the new by drawing on his own computing experiences, keeping abreast of new, often overnight, developments in computing, and discussing these with his students in highly interactive class sessions and online fora, and incorporating them in students' assessment.