Hue Hwa Au Yong

Dr Hue Hwa Au Yong

The proof is in the polls

How can teachers compete for student’s attention amid smartphones, tablets and laptops? By using them for frequent online polls to gain student feedback, says Banking and Finance educator, Dr Hue Hwa Au Yong.

In 2020 Dr Au Yong used an interactive student response tool called Learning Catalytics to determine which study areas needed further explanation and monitored Moodle, the open source learning platform, to identify trends in student engagement.

The frequency of student access gave her insight into the usefulness of her online teaching materials and prompted her to re-develop her teaching using real-time feedback loops.

Her integration of learning technologies has won her a Monash Business School 2020 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

“Although my teaching uses technology, it’s based on three dimensions of student engagement. These are ‘behavioural,’ in terms of student’s attendance and participation, ‘​emotional,’ for student’s interest and sense of belonging, and ‘cognitive,’ for their learning beyond ​the classroom and becoming job ready,” she says.

With LinkedIn profiles showing her graduates find work worldwide, Dr Au Yong says the interactive tasks and thinking she fosters can be drawn on by alumni building their professional networks.

“I reinforce the idea that when knowledge is unlimited, our skills are just as important – skills like research, thinking critically about concepts, being creative and pushing the boundaries of ideas,” she says.