Posts by Emma Yench

WIL in Science National Forum 2015 highlights

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The ACDS held its inaugural ACDS WIL in Science National Forum in Melbourne on Friday 11 December 2015. The forum was a great success, drawing more than 80 attendees from 42 universities and other partner organisations. A key focus of the forum was the launch of the new WIL in Science Network which will bring […]

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 […]

2015 OLT Fellows in Science


July 14, 2015 The ACDS TL Centre is delighted to see three new OLT National Teaching Fellowships in science in the recently announced OLT fellowships round ( . Prof Adam Bridgeman, University of Sydney, will work on Personalising learning using diagnostic and success data for large cohorts. Adam is a leader in adaptive learning particularly […]

Bright ideas for Australian university science and maths

This month sees the release of two issues on biology education futures from the International Journal of Innovative Science and Mathematics Education (IJISME). Volume 22, Number 2 Volume 22, Number 3 This Australian education journal specializes in higher education and encourages contributions from Australian science and mathematics academics.  Over the last two years, IJISME has […]

International Collaborative Writing Groups 2015

As part of the ISSOTL 2015 Conference hosted in Melbourne Australia, colleagues are invited to apply to participate in a year-long international collaborative writing group. There will be eight groups, each of which will prepare and write an article during 2015-16 on a pre-selected topic about SOTL (the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) for submission […]

Work-it-Out with Chris Creagh: OLT Fellowship

Work It Out: Enhancing students’ problem solving skills by modelling how to “Work It Out” in a just-in-time learning environment Many students arrive at university without the basic skills and background they need to study physics at first year level which has an impact on their success rate in any degree that has first year […]

The Science TLOs: a “student-friendly version”

The Science Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) presented us with a nationally agreed framework for bachelor level degrees in science. The Science TLOS are available in the Science Standard Statement (Jones, Yates and Kelder, 2011) that also contains Notes on their interpretation to assist with curriculum design.  That booklet was, necessarily, constructed as a formal document […]

Assumed Knowledge in Maths

Assumed Knowledge in Maths The First Year in Maths project has released a communique from its Assumed Knowledge in Maths national forum held in February 2014.  The communiqué makes a powerful call on Minister Pyne and Universities Australia to review the often inadequate and sometimes misleading information issued to students about what mathematics they will need […]

Research into practice: evidence-informed, best practice visualisation ...

Professor Roy Tasker University of Western Sydney National Senior Teaching Fellowship Abstract:  Learning science involves imagination and modelling of imperceptible phenomena, such as molecular events, force fields and energy changes, to explain observable phenomena (e.g., stickiness, smells) and to create new insights. Visualisation of these imperceptible phenomena is the key to making meaning from the […]

ACDS teaching and learning conference – July 2014: Report

ACDS teaching and learning conference – July 2014 Liz Johnson The 2014 ACDS Teaching and Learning Conference moved to Melbourne this year and welcomed over 60 participants from 26 institutions.  In a packed program, Professor Gregor Kennedy (University of Melbourne) described learning analytics and its use as a means to understand and influence student behaviour, […]

Wollongong Teaching & Learning excellence academy launched and journ...

A new academy will foster creative thinking and excellence in teaching and learning. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Eeva Leinonen, recently launched the Wollongong Academy of Tertiary Teaching & Learning Excellence (WATTLE) at the University of Wollongong (UOW).  As the Academy develops under the leadership of inaugural Director, Professor Patrick Crookes, it will bring together a […]