In this Teaching Matters newsletter, you’ll find five things that broadened our horizons from the ‘Innovation in Science Teaching’ series. This series is based on the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Theme published over September and October 2021, which consisted of eight blog posts. The majority of these posts were written by contributors who had also presented their work at the Learning and Teaching Conference under the eponymous theme.
Read more about the ‘Innovation in Science Teaching’ series.
In his introductory post, Professor Tim Drysdale seeds the series in a brief history of science teaching and laboratory work in academia, before summarising the aim of the series:
“In some of the posts, you will see reflected the changes wrought by the pandemic: closed laboratories, cancelled lectures, and losing the simple expedient of sharing pen and paper while discussing a problem. Other posts will address longer-standing opportunities for improvement. Both areas are of value to us going forward because securing a future in a technological world requires the discomfort of continuous innovation, evaluation and – crucially – wider adoption of new approaches.”
Contributions come from School of Mathematics, School of Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and EDINA, the centre for digital expertise at the University of Edinburgh. Two of the projects featured were funded by the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme. You can also find our regular features, which includes Collegiate Commentary, by Dr Richard Lewis, Director of Learning and Teaching at Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy.
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