Since returning to academia from industry in 1998, Associate Professor Lydia Kavanagh has become a leader in engineering education.
Director of First Year Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland.
She has used her background as a professional engineer to design both curricula and courses for active learning by combining real-world projects and specialist knowledge.
She has had a significant impact on the delivery of UQ’s undergraduate engineering program which has an annual intake of 1200 students through creative new teaching pedagogies including the Flipped Classroom, innovative authentic approaches to assessment, and the introduction of multi-disciplinary courses.
As Director of First Year Engineering, Lydia is also responsible for a significant program of extra-curricular transition support for first year students and she co-coordinates two compulsory courses that deliver what could arguably be the world's largest flipped classroom in a large flat floor space that seats 600 students at round tables.
Lydia is also heavily involved in disseminating best practice through the Teaching and Learning Development Program (TLDP) that she developed and leads for EAIT Faculty.
The TLDP offers Professional Development for existing and new staff, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and tutors as well as fostering a community of practice through an annual forum and a mentorship program.
Lydia’s work was recognised with an ALTC Excellence in teaching award in 2011 and she has lead and participated in Carrick/ ALTC/ OLT projects on teamwork, online learning, curriculum innovation (2x), preparing students for first year engineering, and Flipped Classrooms.
Lydia, as a Sounding Board Scholar, gave staff insights into her work and flipped classrooms in large classes.