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ACSME 2020 wrap up

ACSME 2020 wrap up ACSME 2020 was a celebration of ingenuity, creativity and commitment to high quality education, and showed that the science education community in Australia is stronger than ever. Over 260 academics, professional staff and students from around the country and beyond connected virtually to share good practice and challenges, particularly those arising […]

The best of both worlds: Integrating online and face-to-face learning

The best of both worlds: Integrating online and face-to-face learning

Higher education has been severely disrupted by the current pandemic, and the effect of this disruption will be felt for many years to come. The rapid shift to emergency remote teaching tested and challenged our assumptions, and provided a great opportunity for gathering insight into online teaching and learning. Making the best of the online […]

How should we spend NPILF funds to improve Work Integrated Learning in g...

A joint discussion paper from Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) and Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) The Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates package highlights the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for the future of Australia. The package provides $900 million to support the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF); it also […]

Repository of online resource for science and mathematics teaching and a...

  Due to the current global health crisis, universities have been required to cancel all face-to-face classes and switch to emergency remote teaching. With not much time for planning, Faculties of Science had to think creatively about how to deliver their classes online. In this emergency planning academics and support staff were required to think […]

Science education leadership webinar series

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to education across the world.  For universities in Australia, the timing of the pandemic coinciding with the beginning of semester one impacted the ability of international students to commence their courses onshore. As the transmission of the disease spread, the opportunity for students to attend face-to-face classes ceased. […]

Call for chapter proposals for a new peer-reviewed Springer Nature book:...

  Professor Susan Rowland and Associate Professor Louise Kuchel (The University of Queensland) seek chapter idea submissions for Science + SciComm + Work: A Guide for Teaching Science Communication, to be published by Springer Nature in 2021. This peer-reviewed book is designed to change the way science students learn how to communicate. It will provide […]

ACDS Fellowship update – July

ACDS Fellowship update – July

COVID-19 In the light of COVID-19, a fundamental question is how the online delivery and other changes to course delivery have impacted the quality of our teaching and learning. How will this be reflected in institutional and national quality indicators? How have the expectations of our students changed? It is a complicated task to draw […]

New ACDS project: Repository of online resources for science and mathema...

The ACDS has launched a new project to create a repository of online resources for science teaching and assessment and is providing funding  to drive this development.  Due to the current global health crisis, universities have been required to cancel all face-to-face classes and switch to emergency remote teaching. With not much time for planning, […]

Leadership in learning and teaching science in tertiary education

The ACDS has supported a project focused on leadership in learning and teaching in science in Australian Universities. The skills successful students need for the 21st century such as critical thinking and innovation, map strongly to the pedagogies of science and mathematics teaching. Future leaders in learning and teaching in science and mathematics, require a […]

ACDS Fellowship update

ACDS Fellowship update

We have been hard at work, giving talks and facilitating workshops. Some key messages arising from workshop interactions and discussions: CER-STEM is a conceptual framework with resources that prompt and enable scholarship. It can be used to organise STEM degree teaching teams and support them collaborate in embedding scholarship into their everyday teaching work. Natural […]

Performance in first year mathematics and science subjects in Australian...

The Australian Council of Deans Science (ACDS) commissioned the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) to undertake a study of the impact of year 12 mathematics on first year university science performance. To our knowledge it is the first such national study, albeit quite modest, that has been undertaken. The study looked at 16,436 first […]

Initiatives of Australian universities to increase Indigenous student en...

A study has been undertaken to understand the initiatives presently in place at Science faculties of Australian universities to assist in the enrolment, retention and completion of Indigenous people within science courses, as a means of identifying current practices and exemplars. The project was commissioned by the University of Tasmania’s College of Sciences and Engineering […]