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Helen is a lecturer in the Occupational Science and Therapy program at Waterfront campus. Prior to taking up this role in 2005, Helen worked for over 30 years in a range of occupational therapy clinical, management and consultancy positions with a particular interest in the area of disability and related research and evaluation. In her time at Deakin, Helen teaches primarily into Level Three of the Occupational Therapy program but also has teaching responsibilities at other year levels and other units within the Faculty of Health. In addition Helen also teaches into Level One and Level Two units within the School of Architecture where the focus is on built environments and their role in promoting communities that are welcoming and inclusive of people with diverse abilities.
Unit Chair and teach HSO 305 and HSO 306 and teach into other occupational therapy units as required. Also teaches into HSH 728, SRD 164, SRD 264
Helen’s principal research interests are in the field of teaching and learning and span a number of areas including:
• Evaluation of everyday teaching practice as part of a reflective and reflexive approach to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
• Development of students as reflective practitioners and lifelong learners and the development of curriculum to support the development of these graduate attributes.
• Curriculum renewal and review and the use of constructive alignment across individual units and academic programs as a whole.
• Developing students’ skills to work in new and emerging areas of future practice and the related inter-professional collaboration and education.
• 2011 ALTC citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
• 2011 Deakin University Faculty of Health Award for Innovation
• 2010 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
• 2010 Deakin University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
• Joint recipient of The University of Sydney, Institute of Teaching and Learning Creative Presentation Award recognising excellence in scholarly communication at the 2010 HERDSA conference.
• Joint recipient of 2010 School of Health and Social Development Award for Teaching Excellence
• Project Leader of the 2010 Deakin STALGS Project team: Design 4 Diversity: Enhancing inter-professional learning for architecture and occupational therapy students
Higher Education & Research Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Australian Occupational Therapy Association
Larkin, H. (2009). “But they won’t come to lectures…” The impact of recorded lectures on student experience and attendance. 32nd Annual International HERDSA Conference, Darwin, 6-9 July.
Larkin, H. (2010). Promoting integration between theory and practice: A model that embeds reflective practice and authentic assessment. Innovate and Educate 2010 Conference, Brisbane, 11-12 March.
Larkin, H. (2010). The impact of recorded lectures. 3rd Annual Higher Education Information Technology Summit (Informa), Melbourne, 25th -26th October.
Larkin, H., & Davies, A. (2010) Facilitating students’ reflective practice: An approach to lifelong learning. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) 2010 Conference, Madrid, 15th-17th November.
Larkin, H., & Richardson, B. (2010). Creating high challenge / high support academic environments through constructive alignment. 33rd Annual International HERDSA Conference, Melbourne, 6-9 July.
Larkin, H., Ang, S., Hitch, D., Watchorn, V., Segrave, S., McCracken, M., Holt, D., & Elkadi, H. (2011). Exploring inter-professional and inter-industry education: Outcomes and future directions. 34rd Annual International HERDSA Conference, Gold Coast, 4-7 July.