Friday, May 11, 2007

Learning and Teaching in the Sciences: practical tips and advice from recognised experts

University of LeicesterLearning and Teaching in the Sciences: practical tips and advice from recognised experts
The University of Leicester is pleased to announce the second annual 'Learning and Teaching in the Sciences' event on 23 May 2007 in George Porter Building Lecture Theatre B, 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm (with wine reception to follow). This event focuses on the dissemination of innovation and good practice in HE science teaching. It is recommended to experienced practitioners looking for new ways to inspire their students, and to postgraduates and newer members of staff looking for tried and tested ideas to make their teaching more effective.
  • Professor Melanie Cooper is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Clemson University, USA. She is in the UK on an Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre tour. Her areas of research include: Improving students' problem solving skills, the development and assessment of project based laboratories, and active learning for large enrolment classes: 'Using Technology to Investigate and Improve Student Problem Solving Strategies'
  • Professor Norman Reid is the Professor of Science Education at the University of Glasgow. His areas of research include: attitude development and measurement, cognitive learning in the sciences and mathematics, aspects of assessment and evaluation, group work and problem solving: 'A Scientific Approach to the Teaching of the Sciences: what do we know about how students learn and how can we make our teaching match this to maximise performance?'
  • Dr Alan Cann is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology here at the University of Leicester. His areas of research include molecular virology and pedagogical research: 'The impact of web 2.0 technologies on science teaching'
Feedback from last year's event:
  • I thought the three talks yesterday where excellent and extremely helpful in different aspects of teaching. What is good about events like these is that you get to see how other people in science go about teaching which in turn inspires you to improve and experiment with your own teaching styles.
  • I'm really glad I went to this event as it addressed many things that I am concerned with about my current teaching program. It far surpassed any course that I have been on previously. The case examples in chemistry were close enough to what I do to allow comparisons and it was great to get lots of innovative tips.
  • I had to leave slightly early and as I walked away from the building I tried, unsuccessfully, to think of anything I'd attended at the university, since 1993, which had been quite so inspiring. This is how I've always wanted to teach...

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