Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Mr Brett Van Heekeren

Mr Brett Van Heekeren

BA Comm (Advertising); GDip MKT MA (Communication Studies)

Profile

Brett has over a decade of experience in the media as a producer of programs and a marketer of media organisations.  Prior to becoming an academic Brett ran his own communication consultancy "Media Allsorts" which provided both creative and strategic services to clients. 

Brett has been a member of the advertising teaching staff at CSU since 1998.  In 2002 he was the recipient of the global IAA Harrison Award for excellence in teaching and has received two ALTC Citations for outstanding contribution to student learning in 2008 & 2010.  In 2004 Brett co-authored his first book titled "Advertising Ethics", through Pearson Ed publications, New York and has research interests in "professional and practice-based learning" practices and the role of intimate communication tactics – such as podcasting – as an education tool.

Brett is the Course Director for the Communication programs within the School of Communication and Creative industries.

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Teaching

Brett teaches across the disciplines of Advertising and Commercial Radio in particular the Advertising Creative Process, Advertising Principles, and the Promotions Management process for media.

Teaching

International Teaching Awards
  • 2002 International Advertising Association Harrison Award for excellence in teaching
National Teaching Awards
  • 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. Brett's citation was titled: sustained innovation and dedication to university teaching using situated learning strategies to enhance learning and produce significant graduate outcomes in radio and advertising.
  • 2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. The citation was titled "For building an effective sustained relationship with industry stakeholders to create an innovative learning environment for Commercial Radio students".
University Awards
  • 2009 Faculty Award for Academic Excellence (Teaching and Professional Excellence)
  • 2008/09 Education For Practice Institute Teaching Fellowship
Scholarship of Professional and Practice-Based Learning
  • 2008/09 CSU Teaching and Learning Scholarship
  • Lessons from the -Explaining Voice-: Radio broadcasting as a model for effective and distinctive educational podcasting. Investigators: David Cameron, Brett Van Heekeren, Michelle O'Connor

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Awards and Recognition

International Teaching Awards
  • 2002 International Advertising Association Harrison Award for excellence in teaching
National Teaching Awards
  • 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. Brett's citation was titled: sustained innovation and dedication to university teaching using situated learning strategies to enhance learning and produce significant graduate outcomes in radio and advertising.
  • 2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. The citation was titled "For building an effective sustained relationship with industry stakeholders to create an innovative learning environment for Commercial Radio students". 
University Awards
  • 2009 Faculty Award for Academic Excellence (Teaching and Professional Excellence)
  • 2008/9 Education For Practice Institute Teaching Fellowship
Scholarship of Professional and Practice-Based Learning
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2009) Oh what a feeling!: An emotional case for the role of fieldwork in WIL, CSUED 2009
  • 2008/9 CSU Teaching and Learning Scholarship
  • Lessons from the -Explaining Voice-: Radio broadcasting as a model for effective and distinctive educational podcasting. Investigators: David Cameron, Brett Van Heekeren, Michelle O'Connor

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Recent Publications

  • Cameron, D. & Van Heekeren, B. (2008) Hello and welcome to the show: Applying radio's 'explaining voice' to educational podcasting', in conference proceedings 25th ascilite conference, November 30-December 3, 2008
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2008) Acceleration to legitimation: A successful WIL model using the principles of 'legitimate peripheral participation, WACE Asia Pacific conference, 30 Sept - 3rd Oct, 2008
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2008) Engineering The Inbound Journey: Designing WIL Assessment Tasks Within a Legitimate Peripheral Participation Framework, Poster Presentation. RIPPLE 'Action Research and Professional Practice' Conference, 7 & 8 February 2008, Wagga Wagga
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2007) Work-Integrated Learning: An 'outside in' approach, Charles Sturt University Professional Experience Network Conference, 6th - 8th Nov, 2007
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2007) Intimate Engagement: The effectiveness of podcasting as an e-learning tool, CSU FULT presentation, 2007
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2007) Fringe Benefits: partnering an industry body to deliver a true legitimate peripheral participation program, Australian Collaborative Education Network Symposium 07, University of Western Sydney
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2005) Down to business: a university-industry partnership that delivered ROI, Radio 2005 Transnational Conference, Melbourne
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2005) Edge of reality: Situated learning and cognitive apprenticeship in a communication degree, Charles Sturt University Learning and Teaching Conference, Bathurst
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2005) Hello listener: Podcasting, an interactive e-learning opportunity or just another transmission?, Charles Sturt Learning and Teaching Conference, Bathurst
  • Spence, E.H., & Van Heekeren, B., (2004) Advertising Ethics, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2003) The student practitioner: Origin of a species, CSU Public Lecture Series. (Presentation)
  • Van Heekeren, B. (2000) Kajulu - the CSU Student Agency Concept, IAA World Education Conference, Miami, 2000 (Presentation)

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Professional Associations

Brett is a member of the following professional associations:

  • World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE)
  • NSW Chapter of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)

Brett currently holds a position on the National Executive of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)

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