Congratulations to the former Head of the former Department of Education in the Faculty, Professor John Biggs MoreClose
The Head of the former Department of Education from 1987 to 1991, before the Faculty became a single unit, Professor John Biggs, has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for Australia, announced recently by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Professor Biggs is now a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, which is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at the national level in Australia and carries the honorific (AM). Professor Biggs was conferred the title of Honorary Professor by HKU when he retired in 1991.
Professor Biggs earned the award for his significant service to tertiary education, particularly in the fields of curriculum development and assessment. He saw service at the University of New England (Australia), Monash University (Australia), the University of Alberta (Canada), and the University of Newcastle (Australia) as well as at HKU. He was also a researcher associated with the National Foundation for Educational Research in the United Kingdom.
Among his career highlights was the development of the structure of the observed learning outcome (SOLO) taxonomy for assessing the quality of learning outcomes.
Professor Biggs has also written many academic books including Changing Universities: A Memoir about Academe in Different Places and Times and Teaching for Quality Learning at University. He delved into fiction writing too, with Black Dog: A Marriage in Ashes and The Girl in the Golden House.
Many congratulations to Professor Biggs for his remarkable achievements!