Posts by Liz Johnson

ACSME submissions extended to June 13

ACSME 2016 has extended the deadline for submissions for presentations, posters and workshops to June 13.  Proposals can be submitted via the conference website. ACSME is the major Australian conference for tertiary science and mathematical science educators to share ideas and keep up to date. ACSME welcomes submssions from across science and related disciplines including  […]

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 […]

WIL Lighthouse Projects

The ACDS is delighted to announce its six WIL in Science Lighthouse Projects for 2016. The Lighthouse projects are action-learning projects designed to establish visible organisation and leadership for work-integrated learning in science-based faculties and to generate peer-to-peer learning. The Lighthouse projects form part of the ACDS WIL in Science national project. In addition to their […]

Chemistry teaching strategies

What makes a great teacher? Madeleine Schultz from QUT and Gwen Lawrie from UQ with research assistants Bronwin Dargaville and Chantal Bailey have spent the past two years investigating teaching strategies within the framework of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). PCK can be loosely defined as ways of teaching specific content, including the choice of representations, […]

VisChem resources for Chemistry

VisChem (Visualizing Chemistry) is a research and development project to study the effectiveness of molecular-level visualization as a learning strategy, produce animations of chemical structures and processes at this level, and develop learning designs as best practice for using these visualisations for a deep understanding of chemistry. Visualization helps learners to use different ways to […]

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 […]

First Year in Science and Maths

National ACDS Workshops: First Year in Science & Maths …come to solve problems and stay for the community… The ACDS TL Centre is offering workshops in Sydney and Melbourne in early February for first year co-ordinators and leaders. These national workshops to explore big issues for first year teaching and build a cross-disciplinary support group […]

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 […]

Work Integrated Learning in Science

On August 31st the Chief Scientist launched STEM-Trained and Job-Ready, an occasional paper addressing the state of work integrated learning in STEM in Australian universities.  The paper draws on the ACER study commissioned by the Chief Scientist, ACER_Work Integrated Learning in STEM in Australian Universities. This work presents a sobering picture of access to Work […]

Compare discipline TLOs

The Science TLOs have now been translated to a range of science sub-disciplines, mathematics, and two related fields.  Discipline networks have taken a leading role in this work with learning outcomes statements published for biology (VIBEnet), biomedical science (CUBEnet), chemistry (Chemistry Discipline Network), Physics (AIP Education Special Interest Group) and mathematics (AMSLaT).  OLT-funded projects have […]

Get Set for Success

Get Set for Success introduces the GetSet diagnostic test for entry level University maths skills.  The GetSet test was developed at the University of Queensland for incoming engineering students and can be used to help students check their own level of understanding.  The test has a flexible format and can be adapted to other disciplines […]