National Teaching Fellow 2014
Jeff Lewis is a leading member of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Dental Technology teaching team. As part of a learning and teaching fellowship project, he led the introduction of an innovative delivery method that utilised Adobe Connect Pro ® to deliver programmes to learners unable to access qualifications due to their remote geographic location. This has developed transnationally and this model is now being used to deliver and supervise programmes outside the UK.
Jeff was responsible for the development of a wide range of learning resources to aid the remote learners. He also introduced the use of e-portfolios that involved a work-based mentor, helping to bridge the gap between employers and academics.
His work was commended in a review of foundation degrees in Wales, which stated “The review team consider that the innovative design and the development of the FdSc Dental Technology programme, and the embedding of distributed electronic learning technologies, is good practice.”
He has worked within the University’s Learning and Teaching Development Unit where he advised on the pedagogy and use of technology to enhance student learning. He has been external examiner at several universities, has worked as an educational inspector for the General Dental Council and had presented both nationally and internationally. As a dental technician he has kept close ties with the Wales Deanery and has worked with them to deliver, in a unique way, continual professional development courses across Wales to dental care professionals.
Jeff has received several awards from his profession including ‘Best Educator of the year’ and ‘Distinguished Technician Award’ as recognition for all the work he has done and his contributions to education and dentistry. He is as enthusiastic about teaching and learning as he is about dental technology. Jeff hopes he infect students with the same amount of curiosity he has about his subject area, and has inspired staff in their learning and teaching approaches.
Cardiff Metropolitan University