Dr Jackie O’Flaherty has revolutionised teaching at UniSA and won local, national and international awards in the process. Just as important to her, however, is developing strong bonds with her students, and using them to help her students learn. She makes sure all her students are involved in the learning process and progressing, regardless of their talents, abilities and learning styles.
Jackie was a successful research scientist before realising her true passion lay in sharing her love of science, and she has since developed a range of biosciences courses for undergraduate health and medical sciences students. An early adopter of new technologies, she has focused strongly on online learning, particularly for students who live at a distance, to ensure their learning experience is the best it can be. Among other initiatives, she developed a short course to smooth the transition for new students beginning university, which won an International Online Effective Practice Award in 2018. Her many other awards include an OLT National Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence and an Open Universities Australia National Award for Excellence in the engagement of students studying online.