Associate Professor Sophie Karanicolas
|Position||Assistant Dean Learning and Teaching|
|Org Unit||Dental School Administration|
|Telephone||+61 8 8313 3287|
Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences
Associate Professor Sophie Karanicolas is the Academic Lead for the University of Adelaide's Continuing Professional Development Framework and an Education Specialist in the Adelaide Education Academy. She is an educator and coordinator in the Bachelor of Oral Health, focussing on human biology and clinical practice.
Sophie co-facilitates a Community of Practice in the University on the Flipped Classroom, recently renamed MALTA (Methods of Engaged Learning Teaching and Assessment). She is a Flipped Global Ambassador as a part of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative and has jointly lead a national Office of Learning and Teaching flipped classroom project, "Translating Concept to Practice". As an Education Specialist Sophie mentors colleagues across the university to embrace learning innovations and is a member of the University's College of Reviewers, as a part of Teaching Review Program (TRP).
Sophie is also a member of the development team for the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), developed by the University of Adelaide: An Introduction to Essential Human Biology. She is actively invloved in the mentoring of colleagues and has been a part of a team which has developed, implemented and evaluated a colleague development program referred to as Becoming an Effective Supervisor and Teacher (BEST).
Sophie is also the Chair of the College of Oral Health Academics (COHA), a national body exploring oral health education and a part of the Australian Dental Council Site Evaluation Teams.
- Masters of Education (Online Learning), University of Southern Queensland
- GradCert in Online Learning (University of Adelaide)
- Diploma of Education (Adult) (University of South Australia)
- Diploma of Dental Hygiene (TAFESA)
- Cert IV in Workplace Assessment & Learning (TAFESA)
Awards & Achievements
- Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences, International Flipped Learning Award (2018)
- University of Adelaide. Stephen Cole the Elder Award, Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Practice (2017)
- Australian University Teaching Award for a staff development program referred to as the Becoming an Effective Supervisor and Teacher (BEST) 2017.
- Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) National Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching 2013
- The Vice Chancellor's and President's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2010
- Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching 2010
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2010
- Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Education Award 2009
- Executive Dean's Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2009
- TAFESA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Teaching 2004
- SATISFAC Institute Award for Excellence in Teaching 2003
- SATISFAC State Award for Excellence in Teaching 2003
Sophie has a keen interest in student focussed learning and has been a part of several innovative learning and teaching projects. She is an experienced curriculum developer and has lead Site Evaluation Teams for the Australian Dental Council for oral health programs across Australia and New Zealand. Sophie's main focus areas are in the development, implementation and evaluation of flipped classrooms, blended learning initiatives and contemporary approaches to assessment as learning methods. She has been teaching human biology and clinical practice subjects to oral health and dental students for over 20 years.
The Flipped Classroom
Sophie is part of the leadership team that was awarded an OLT $225,000 2-year grant (2015-16) to develop a 'Flipkit' that will enable first year health sciences teachers to translate the concept of flipped learning into effective classroom practice.
Sophie has lead teams investigating the flipped classroom approach for two pilot studies funded by the University of Adelaide e-learning initiaves in 2013 and 2008.
Sophie has also been instrumental in the jointly developed 7 Steps to Flipping and the 10 Guiding Principles to successful Flipped Classrooms.Research Skill Development
Sophie has been a team member for a two stage OLT research grant in developing research skills in undergraduate programs. Specifically, the Research Skills Development Framework has been implemented and evaluated in first year human biology and second year clinical practice. For more information on this project please visit the RSD website.
Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation (TUPAC)
Sophie was the chief investigator for an Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF) research project that introduced smoking cessation interventions and brief motivational interviewing techniques for oral health and dental students. This was an interdisciplinary teaching approach and further information can be found here.
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Entry last updated: Thursday, 4 Apr 2019
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