University of Portsmouth course developer wins award

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A TECHNICIAN from the University of Portsmouth famed for keeping calm in a crisis has won an award.

Sarah Cooper, a senior online course developer for the faculty of science, won the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Technician of the Year Award in medicine and dentistry.

She creates online unit information and assessments, and supports academics and students to use the online learning environment, Moodle.

The award is designed to celebrate the role played by technicians in teaching and supporting student learning.

Associate Dean of students David Franklin said: ‘Sarah is a delight to work with, creative, inventive, and brilliant at dealing with stressed students and academics when things go wrong.

‘Sarah manages her own work and is very pro-active in seeking out new ways to further her own skills and also to further the development and use of technology enhanced learning across the science faculty.’

Sarah said: ‘Seeing that your work can make a difference in student learning is important to me, but to win this award was a shock.

‘I really enjoy working at the university, the support and networking available is fantastic, and you are made to feel like a team.

‘I have the advantage of working with academic, support staff and students, so I get to see all sides of how the university works.’