Anthony Robins

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Otago

"Learning takes place at the edges of what is already known".

Anthony Robins has made a significant impact in the field of computer science nationally and internationally, and is considered by his peers to be one of the leading researchers in computer science education. His unique contributions range from his involvement in developing the national curriculum in Digital Technology for secondary schools to groundbreaking research in the development of the Learning Edge Momentum model of student learning that is influencing how programming is taught.

Testimony to Anthony’s sustained excellence in teaching are his high student satisfaction ratings, his exceptional skills in programme design and continuing reflection and critical evaluation of his teaching performance. His teaching has been described by students as powerful and transformational; his exemplary leadership has inspired colleagues.

Some of Anthony’s outstanding qualities are encapsulated by students who say his teaching inspired them towards a programming career and a peer who stated that 'the design and delivery were a tour de force on a scale I have never seen before.' One student wrote, 'An excellent lecturer – give him a prize!'