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Ms Alison Cumming Thom

Ms Alison Cumming Thom

2020 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Winner

Crawford School of Public Policy

Alison Cumming Thom is recognised for her outstanding contribution to students’ education and experience of learning. She deserves much praise for the tailormade, knowledgeable and unwavering support she has provided to her colleagues over the years, and particularly in this challenging year. Through workshops and a strong community of practice, she has shown great leadership and made a significant difference to how courses and their learning experience can be approached and improved.

Synopsis

Alison Cumming Thom specialises in the design and delivery of postgraduate education, particularly the teaching of early to mid-career professionals. She has dedicated her career to divining and designing innovative ways to best enable student-centred learning, and is lucky enough to be able to do this with and for the best: the amazing Crawford School student body, its committed expert teaching faculty and the wonderful teaching and learning staff of the School, CAP and the ANU. Alison is a remarkable professional leader whose expertise and passion are central to the success of Crawford School’s education endeavours. Her skills include a heady mixture of research and wise  practice-informed crafting of frameworks, coaching and facilitation for individual and community development of teaching practice, and focused curriculum development. She brings a lot of empathy, optimism, humour and nerves of steel to the task. In 2020 all of her leadership and approaches to influencing and enhancing teaching and learning were put to the absolute test, and from this she has developed innovative and forward-looking approaches to postgraduate teaching and learning.

What did her colleagues say about her contribution to student learning?

"We in the Crawford School have been incredibly lucky to have Alison as our Teaching and Learning Manager. As soon as it became clear that we needed to shift to emergency remote learning, Alison and her team worked tirelessly to provide us with guidance, templates, tips and advice to smooth the transfer of our classrooms to online modes. This included course design guidance, meetings with course coordinators (I cannot imagine how many meetings she has taken!), establishment of weekly Crawford Teaching Community online workshops to share experiences with remote learning and delivery of a regular 'Crawford Teaching Matters' e‐news, sharing guidance and advice. This support has enhanced our capacity as Crawford teachers to deliver our courses and has been a learning in itself. I am certain that these efforts have deeply contributed to the enhancement of Crawford students' learning and Alison is to be commended for her leadership in this."

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