Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics,
ANU College of Business & Economics
VICE-CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Associate Professor Dale Roberts is a mathematician specialising in probability theory. His deliberate style has evolved to ‘humanise’ his teaching by blending old-school mediums (live ‘chalk and talk’ blackboard lectures and hand-written notes instead of slide decks) with modern technologies. Making his teaching more personal and dynamic helped infuse something essential into his lectures in a time when social distancing was the norm and many of his students were still isolated.
"I like to swing between the pure end of the spectrum and the applied end of the spectrum, and show how enthusiastic I am about all this material and how interesting it is and how colorful it is. "
"The material that I teach is often extremely technical mathematics. For me, the big challenge is, how do you take this material and turn it into something that is understandable and that maybe students can relate to, or can actually see, I guess, how the mechanics work? "