Tag Archives: Bioscience

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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