A word from Dr Mikael Boulic, the 2018 Lecturer of the Year


(Photo: ASA President, Jason Woodroofe, ASA Advocacy Coordinator, Penny Lyall, Teaching and Learning Director College of Sciences, Dr Liz Norman, 2018 Lecturer of the Year, Dr Mikael Boulic, Head of School of Engineering and Advanced Technology and Head of Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology, Professor Julian Heyes)

I started teaching in the Bachelor of Construction in 2014. In 2015, I had the opportunity to reflect on my first year of teaching. I decided to move from monologue style (my first experience) to dialogue style, using a kind of “flipped classroom” design, I heard about at a teaching workshop. For example, in first year of Bachelor of Construction, when talking to my students about house foundation, I ask them to crawl under their house (if enough space!), take pictures of the foundation and then upload these pictures onto Stream. In class, we look at the pictures and discuss in groups, compare types of foundations, and I add a bit of information to complete the story. Students found this type of learning much more practical and very enjoyable. It keeps student’s attention at high level during class when they can share with their mates. During the class, I am moving a lot around the lecture room to better interact with my students (wake them up if they fall in sleep!), as learning should be active, not passive! Students are also using their smartphones to answer questions using engagement software. I am very enthusiastic and motivated, and maybe my Kiwi/French accent (that some comments reported as “sexy”) bring a personal touch. All the great comments I received from students and this Lecturer of the Year Award are for me the best recognition for a lecturer. Great Xmas present at this time of the year! Thanks to all my students and my colleagues for their support. Thanks Penny and your team, you are doing amazing work for our students, and long life to the LOTY lunch; it is a great and fun time to celebrate excellence in teaching.

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The ASA introduced LOTY in 2005 to find the lecturer that students believed had contributed most to learning that year. LOTY has now become an established and much esteemed fixture at Massey Albany. Each year, trophies are awarded to each college and the award for overall Lecturer of the Year is presented to the lecturer with the most votes of all. Advocacy Accoladesare presented to lecturers who ASA have recognised during the year for going the extra mile. All nominees receive certificates of recognition containing a compilation of the positive comments made by students who voted for them. The cups and certificates are presented at a lunch time award ceremony where guests are treated to a catered lunch. 

Although there can only be one winner, it is important to acknowledge and reward all teaching staff that provide excellence of teaching. Too often there is little recognition for such dedicated and committed individuals.

LOTY is just one way of saying thank you.

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From Little Seeds Do Big Trees Grow

2010 LOTY Winner John Tan couldn't be at the ceremony to award his successor but he made a point of coming in to see ASA Advocacy Coordinator, Penny Lyall to explain how the award had far reaching consequences.

After a press release circulated around his achievement, Dr Tan was approached by Merv Tait of the Milford Rotary Club. The club had seen the article and wanted Dr Tan to share a little about the work he does twice yearly to bring medical help to the folks in the villages in Cambodia.

During that talk he made mention of the fact that he raises money to install hand-pump wells in the Cambodian villages. He told the Milford Rotary Club members of his desire to put in 500 wells before he retires from this work, and the Club decided to get involved. Together they are working towards putting in 100 wells, which will significantly improve the life of the people living there.

Each well will be shared by some 10 families, so assuming an average family size of 5, this will hopefully make a difference to the lives of about 5,000 people.


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