About the Centre

The ACDS Teaching and Learning Cent185LaTrobe-amendolia_150508_333-Copyre was established by the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) to inform science faculties and their stakeholders about quality teaching and learning in science and mathematics and to promote innovation in science and mathematics teaching and learning, and foster widespread improvement in practice. It seeks to identify and promote consensus, providing a strong national voice on teaching and learning.  Its members consist primarily of Associate Deans Learning and Teaching, discipline education networks and other recognized learning and teaching leaders.

The Centre explores key issues and good practice through conferences, projects and position papers.  Its conferences include:

  • ACDS Teaching and Learning Conference
  • ACDS Annual General Meeting
  • Australian conference for Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)

The governing board of the Centre is the ACDS Executive. The Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) comprises the deans of science faculties and senior representatives of science, from Australia’s universities.  It is the voice of science teaching and research in the university system.

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A/Prof Elizabeth Johnson
Director ACDS TL Centre

ACDS paper: Evidence-based practice in T&L

The ACDS has launched its first occasional paper Evidence-based practice in learning and teaching for STEM disciplines from Tina Overton and Liz Johnson. The paper uses the published evidence on how learners learn to make the case for active learning, scaffolding and flipped classroom, authentic assessment. The authors translate the research to direct advice for teachers and teaching teams for STEM. Use this as a springboard for discussion in your Faculty.

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