Tag Archives: Bioscience education

Is knowledge worth testing any more? Is testing knowledge ‘Authentic’?

I was challenged recently at a Learning and Teaching conference about how I assess students in Biosciences. Apparently my assessment methods are ‘not authentic’ and ‘overly test knowledge’ on the basis that almost every module on my course is in … Continue reading

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Should we adopt more active learning at the expense of cutting the STEM curriculum?

A few things have been troubling me recently. Do I teach too much stuff? Is teaching on my course too didactic? Am I over-reliant on knowledge transfer and passive learning? Do my students forget everything they have learnt on the … Continue reading

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Active vs. passive learning in STEM: Is a little better than a lot?

Lecturers who lecture have been getting a lot of stick recently for their ‘sage on the stage’, didactic, boring lectures. I have even heard it said that the brain is more active when asleep compared to in lectures (maybe that’s … Continue reading

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The White Swan hypothesis: How not to fool yourself in research

There is a simple test that I use to determine whether a potential graduate student is in a suitable frame of mind to undertake post-graduate research in science, and this test seems applicable to most disciplines (maybe except Maths). Ask … Continue reading

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Strategies for improving exam feedback

A frequent complaint from students regarding exams is the lack of opportunities to learn from their exams. As such, this has prompted education commentators to question their use, over other assessments where students can learn from the assessment and gain … Continue reading

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iCard: The low-tech, low cost tool for assessing student engagement in large groups

In this post, I discuss my initial use of simple coloured card voting system for assessing student understanding in a large group University setting. Not a novel concept, but simple and effective. There have been some amusing Twitter debates recently … Continue reading

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