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MOOC on Contemporary Approaches to Un...

A MOOC on Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching, has been developed by Associate Professor Kym Fraser as part of an OLT National Teaching Fellowship. It’s comprised of a series of 13 modules which have been developed by a group of academics from universities across Australia, and will be offered at the beginning of 2018. The […]

National Collaborative Writing Group ...

An exciting SoTL opportunity awaits you in 2018! What is it & why should I participate? The national collaborative writing group initiative is an exciting networking opportunity for Science/Biomedical Science SoTL practitioners to come together to share their passion for science education. The idea to establish a group at the national level was borne from […]

CLIPS: Communication Learning in Prac...

The University of Queensland has recently released a new resource site (CLIPS) for science students to support development of communication skills. Effective communication is one of the threshold learning outcomes for Australian science degrees. The CLIPS site provides science educators with prepared modules and support for students and is an open access resource. The CLIPS […]

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’. […]

New ideas in T&L: May

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Involving students in science higher education = Effective leadership Effective higher education leaders involve students. Craig McInnes and Hamish Coates reminded us of this at the 2015 ACDS Teaching and Learning Conference. Involving students meaningfully – as more than a source of data – in science undergraduate education is a new concept. So what does […]

New ideas in T&L: April

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When Nobel Prize Winners Talk About Teaching University Science Nobel Prize winning physicist Carl Wieman visited The University of Queensland with collaborator Sarah Gilbert in March this year. Both Sarah and Carl gave talks to various audiences (details and resources here). Carl advocated for a scientific approach to teaching whereby university-level scientists teaching undergraduates treat […]

New ideas in T&L: February

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Social networks in science teaching and learning – Kelly Matthews SaMnet – the Science & Mathematics Network of Australian University Educators – highlights the essential role of social networks in spreading ideas and innovations across science higher education. The ACDS TL Centre, as of 2016, will lead important social networking activities, including central coordination for […]

New ideas in T&L: January

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Featuring MathBench and deconstructing dissemination of educational resources – Kelly Matthews This blog post highlights an educational resource freely available to support students’ quantitative skills. The idea of adapting existing educational resources more broadly is explored with implications for how science curricular leaders can foster a culture of dissemination. MathBench: Online modules for bioscience students […]

New ideas in T&L: November

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Assessment patterns across degree programs: Recent research has implications for curriculum leaders – Kelly Matthews I want to draw on some recent research on patterns of assessment across degree programs and link this to the challenges of effectively assessing the Mathematics and Science Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs). First, I’ll start with students because it is […]

New ideas in T&L: September

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This is a new blog from Dr Kelly Matthews (OLT Fellow) who will post regular reviews of current topics in learning and teaching in science.  Kelly’s first paper comes from her own work on science students views of their learning outcomes. Students’ perceptions of learning science communication: From first to final years – Kelly Matthews […]