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Monday, December 18, 2006

Graduates 'regret degree choice'

A third of graduates believe they studied the wrong course at university.
Most of these said, with hindsight, they would have taken a more scientific or technical course, a business-based or a professional qualification. Such as Biological Sciences at Leicester? Quick, before it's too late! :-)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Effective Use of IT: Guidance on Practice in the Biosciences


Introduced by Lorraine Stefani, this Guide is the second in the Teaching Bioscience Enhancing Learning Series published by the Centre for Bioscience.
The book follows the series format of theory augmented with bioscience case studies. In the first three chapters Lorraine explores the use of technology in teaching and learning, curriculum design and assessment. The second section of the book features bioscience case studies which cover a wide range of topics and subject areas such as: using online databases and predictive modelling to answer questions about global population and food requirements; Really Simple Syndication (RSS) – using the Internet in innovative ways to enable students to access, evaluate and use information; and computer-based assessment to set the pace of learning.

Gift Idea

Looking for a holiday gift for the microbiologist in your life? Giant microbe toys might be the answer. Always assuming the recipient doesn't get the wrong idea!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

GENIE - Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence



What would you do if someone gave you £4.65 million (that's over US$9 million) to spend on genetics education? Well, you'd have a party of course! This party was to celebrate the official opening of the GENIE Centre of Excellence for teaching and learning at the University of Leicester. GENIE stands for Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence. There were the usual refreshments, and a few few short speeches. But mostly, we got to play with giant DNA, and have a good look at all the education and outreach materials GENIE has already produced.