BRISBANE deacon Dr Anthony Gooley has received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Tasmania for the design and delivery of religious curriculum.
Deacon Gooley is a lecturer in Theology and Religious Education at The Broken Bay Institute.
University of Tasmania Master of Teaching Program director Dr Janet Dyment said the consistent positive feedback from Deacon Gooley’s students demonstrated exceptional comprehension at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Deacon Gooley delivered all units online. He was recognised for excellence in pedagogy and extending student knowledge beyond conventional understanding.
“Feedback from the students indicated Anthony designed a very powerful syllabus that helped students understand the role of religious studies in education systems,” Dr Dyment said.
“He designed carefully constructed assessment tasks and provided clear and helpful feedback to his students.”
BBI chief executive officer Dr Gerard Goldman said the award highlighted how BBI had developed specialised techniques for online learning and maximising student engagement.
Deacon Gooley said he felt honoured to be recognised for his commitment to religious education.
“Studying online may occasionally be a challenge but ultimately, students love the flexibility and I love teaching from my home in Brisbane,” he said.
“I also feel affirmed about teaching online Religious Education that fits within the Catholic schools framework.”
The Graduate Certificate in Theology – Religious Education offered by BBI, along with a teaching degree, fulfils the criteria for teacher accreditation in Catholic schools in Brisbane archdiocese and throughout most dioceses in Australia.
“The Catholic education system is the largest non-government employer in Australia and, BBI in partnership with various universities, helps deliver accredited units on religious education and theology at undergraduate and postgraduate level,” Deacon Gooley said.