Posts by Liz Johnson

The facts on student retention

Student retention is a hot topic for universities and faculties, particularly since the Australian Government has made retention a priority for all Australian Universities with government funding partially dependent on attrition rates from 2018. Retention is measured by the proportion of students who come back for the next year of study in their course. Attrition […]

Academic integrity: Workshops Feb 2 a...

Authenticating student work is becoming ever more challenging with the advent of contract cheating and easy access to cheating sites. Issues with academic integrity are not new but connectivity via the internet has changed the dimensions of the problem. Recent public reports have reinforced this as a priority in Australian Universities. Regulation of assessment practice […]

FYiM: PBL in Maths – workshop F...

Problem-based learning (PBL) uses authentic, real-world problems to help learners explore principles, ideas and application. It has been used for decades in applied fields such as engineering and medicine and more recently in science. PBL can be a great vehicle to draw learners closer to related industries. The First Year in Maths network is holding […]

2016 WIL in Science Forum presentatio...

The 2016 ACDS WIL in Science forum was held on Friday December 2nd focusing on the ACDS Lighthouse projects. Participants explored the successes and challenges of establishing and growing work-integrated learning in science degrees stimulating lively discussion and new connections. Presentations from the program are available here. Keynotes Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock, Senior National OLT Fellow: Graduate Employment […]

BEAN 2016: wonder and imagination

The Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN) is holding its annual meeting in Canberra on Dec 12-13 at ANU.  Again, BEAN is pushing boundaries with its theme: How can we use creative engagement to grow and sustain the sense of wonder and imagination for science in our students? Day 1  features an exciting mix of designers, creative […]

ACSME 2016 round-up

ACSME (Australian Conference for Science and Mathematics Education) greeted over 200 registrants in Brisbane this year, breaking attendance records. The conference theme was The 21st Century Science and Maths Graduate  and the program committee, ably led by conference chair, Dr Susan Rowlands, prepared a packed program including: 5 keynotes covering teaching thinking (Dr Peter Ellerton, UQ), […]

WIL at Macquarie University

Improving work-integrated learning has been nominated as a key target for Australian university in the national WIL strategy published in 2015.  Macquarie University has created a whole-of-institution approach (PACE) to connecting curriculum with industry and community and has now published its experiences in the development of the program. The following abstract is provided by the publishers. […]

ACSME 2016 program released

ACSME is the national conference for university science and mathematics education with a proud 22-year history of sparking new ideas, collaborations and innovation. This year we meet in Brisbane on Sep 28-30. The program for ACSME 2016 has now been released and is available here. This year the conference also features a diverse array of workshops to […]

Evidence-based practice for STEM lear...

‘…every university now has at its disposal the tools to improve undergraduate STEM teaching, and no defensible reason for not using them.’ (Bradforth et al, 2015)  The ACDS has launched its first occasional paper “Evidence-based Practice in Learning and Teaching for STEM disciplines” from Prof Tina Overton (Monash) and Prof Liz Johnson (Deakin). This paper presents […]

New ideas in T&L: August

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University Science Academics and Students Agree on One Thing: We’re falling short on skill development Australia needs innovative science graduates who are able to respond to complex global challenges. The higher education landscape – including science – is shifting toward the need to develop diverse and transferrable skillsets to prepare graduates for the ‘real world’. […]