Belinda Spratt is a Lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. She began lecturing in 2017 while completing her PhD. In 2018, Belinda received her PhD while working as an Associate Lecturer, and was promoted to Lecturer at the beginning of 2019.
Belinda has played a key role in the development and delivery of mathematics service units in the Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Data Analytics. Belinda’s focus is on reducing mathematics anxiety in students with diverse backgrounds. In class, she uses live coding and problem solving with examples relevant to the students’ career aspirations. Outside of the classroom, Belinda has developed a blended and online learning approach that includes YouTube videos and online quizzes. Additionally, Belinda utilises learning analytics from her online resources to deliver personalised emails, tailored to each student’s needs.
Based on her efforts in learning and teaching, Belinda was awarded the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016. More recently, she received the QUT Science and Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence, Collegiality, and Innovation, for her work in blended and online learning for mathematics service units. She regularly engages in teaching related professional development and scholarship, and gained recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. Belinda continues to create innovative teaching approaches, and mentors other early career and sessional academics.
Citation: For increasing student engagement in mathematical studies and improving student perception of mathematics, particularly for students from diverse backgrounds and those with mathematics anxiety. For developing innovative teaching techniques including on-line videos, quizzes and live coding which are supplemented by personalised feedback, resulting in a notable impact on her students’ learning experience and improved learning outcomes.