My research is based on educational innovations, including Web-based assessments, virtual microscopy adaptive tutorials, concept and knowledge maps, and their effect upon learning outcomes in medical education.
Broad Research Areas:
Medical Education, Pathology
MB BS (Hons), DipHEd, PhD UNSW
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE), Member of the Australian College of Educators (ACE).
Specific Research Keywords:
eLearning, Educational Research, Learning Outcomes, Web-based Assessment
1996 Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence in Teaching
1998 Best Teacher Award – Prince of Wales Hospital
2000 School of Pathology Award for Teaching Excellence;
2002 School of Medical Sciences Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching
2002 Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology (ITET) Fellowship, under the auspices of the Pro‐Vice Chancellor for Education, UNSW.
2003 NSW Minister for Education and Australian College of Educators Quality Teaching Award
2003 UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
2007 Carrick Citation (now AAUT) for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning:
“For the design, development and implementation of integrated online formative assessments in the biomedical sciences, which provide automated individualised feedback and motivate independent learning.”
2009 UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence; Faculty of Medicine Award for Teaching Excellence
2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (now AAUT): Award for Teaching Excellence
2012 UNSW Arc Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision
2014 UNSW Medical Society Award for Teacher of the Year
2015 UNSW Learning and Teaching Fellowship
2016 UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning: The BEST Network
2016-2021 UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow
2008‐9 ALTC Competitive Grant. RK Kumar, GM Velan, P de Permentier, S.Bonser, P Adam, C Turnbull. Project title: “Virtual Microscopy for Enhancing Teaching and Learning”. Monetary value $129,700.
2012‐14 Royal Australasian College of Pathologists Specialist Training Program Rural Support Initiatives. S Van Es, GM Velan. Project title: “Virtual cytology and adaptive tutorials for postgraduate specialist education in pathology.” Monetary value: $30,685.
2011‐13 Health Workforce Australia Simulated Learning Environment Grant. Member of UNSW‐led NSW Consortium for Online Learning in Healthcare. Project title: “Inter‐professional Collaboration in Healthcare (InCH)” HWA‐RFP/2011/001. Monetary value: $1,300,000.
2012‐14 National Broadband Network Grant. Member of UNSW‐led Biomedical Education Skills and Training (BEST) network. Monetary value: $3,300,000.
2013-15 Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists Educational Consultancy. Impact of interactive eLearning modules for appropriate imaging referrals: a multicentre randomised crossover study. GM Velan (PI). Monetary value: $45,000.
2014 UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant. Blended Learning: a framework for selection, implementation, and evaluation. Monetary value: $25,000.
2014 UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant. Enhanced student learning with digital images through web‐based support for real‐time classroom interactions. Monetary value: $25,000.
2015 UNSW Learning and Teaching Fellowship Grant. Development and implementation of standards‐based assessment and personalised feedback in the biomedical sciences. Monetary value: $89,650.
2015‐16 UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant. Online knowledge maps: automated assessment and feedback to enhance learning in biomedical sciences. Monetary value: $20,000.
2016 UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant. Development of a blended course in Pathology. Monetary value: $20,000.
2017-2018 UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund Grant. Development and implementation of an education portfolio to evaluate excellence of teachers at UNSW (Phase 1). Monetary value: $50,000.
2018-2019 UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund Grant. Development and implementation of an education portfolio to evaluate excellence of teachers at UNSW (Phase 2). Monetary value: $50,000.
2017-2018 HETI Grant. Development of Online Modules in Pathology for Radiology Trainees. GM Velan (CI). Monetary value: $50,000.