Putting the Es into bioscience education

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These slides were part of a presentation given at the "Making Bioscience Education Fun!" symposium at Bioscience 2005 (Glasgow, 2005).

If you haven't got time to work through the slides, my "Es" are - enthusiasm, empathy, explanation, and engagement.

Various aproaches are discussed, including the use of case studies and revision bingo

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Putting the Es into bioscience education

  1. 1. Bioscience 2005 Dr Chris Willmott Dept of Biochemistry University of Leicester [email_address] Putting the Es into Bioscience Education University of Leicester
  2. 2. Making bioscience teaching FUN! <ul><li>Two dilemmas: </li></ul><ul><li>Didactic v Interactive? </li></ul><ul><li>Is FUN the right word? </li></ul>University of Leicester
  3. 3. Making bioscience teaching FUN! Teaching nowadays is all about fun, fun, fun! University of Leicester
  4. 4. Making bioscience teaching FUN! <ul><li>Two dilemmas: </li></ul><ul><li>Didactic v Interactive? </li></ul><ul><li>Is FUN the right word? Fun = an end in itself? Enjoyable = side benefit of task carried out for some other purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Making bioscience teaching ENJOYABLE! - putting the Es into bioscience education </li></ul>University of Leicester
  5. 5. What makes the best learning experience for you? Essay competition run by the Centre for Bioscience, Higher Education Academy www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/publications/essay.htm University of Leicester
  6. 6. Enjoyable learning <ul><li>Enthusiasm - passion - excitement </li></ul>“ If a lecturer is truly passionate about their subject it becomes infectious, and can spread faster than MRSA through the NHS” University of Leicester
  7. 7. <ul><li>Enthusiasm - passion - excitement </li></ul>How can students be inspired if lecturers do not seem to be inspired themselves? Enjoyable learning University of Leicester
  8. 8. <ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul>A conscious attempt to see things from the students’ perspective Looking beyond our narrow contribution to their education Enjoyable learning University of Leicester
  9. 9. <ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul>e.g. A level content & style Non-traditional routes Other modules Other pressures Approachability Enjoyable learning University of Leicester
  10. 10. <ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation </li></ul>Inadequate briefing v Adequate briefing v Spoon-feeding Enjoyable learning    University of Leicester
  11. 11. <ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation </li></ul>“ Every journey is easier when you know where you are going” Enjoyable learning University of Leicester
  12. 12. <ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement </li></ul>Enjoyable learning University of Leicester
  13. 13. <ul><li>All the Es </li></ul><ul><li>Practicals/Fieldwork </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance - future study - career - topicality </li></ul><ul><li>Games and Activities </li></ul>Case Studies Engaging the students Cartoons TV News University of Leicester
  14. 14. Revision Bingo: what is it? 5 x 5 grid Verbal clues – multi-layered e.g. “This next answer is an amino acid, it is unusual amongst the amino acids found in proteins as the side-chain is actually bonded to the backbone nitrogen. Because of this it has reduced flexibility and it is not usually found in alpha helices. The single letter code for this amino acid is P.” University of Leicester
  15. 15. Revision Bingo: what is it? 5 x 5 grid Verbal clues – multi-layered All same game card Objective: revision > winning - but offer small prize University of Leicester
  16. 16. Revision Bingo: proteins Biochem & Mol Biol Edn 29 :193-195 (2001) University of Leicester
  17. 17. Revision Bingo: strengths <ul><li>Fun way of doing a quick test </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible – duration of a game </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible – number of participants </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible – content </li></ul>University of Leicester
  18. 18. Revision Bingo: antibiotics University of Leicester
  19. 19. Revision Bingo: weaknesses <ul><li>Surface v Deep learning </li></ul><ul><li>Overexposure negates benefits - Use infrequently to keep “fresh” </li></ul>University of Leicester
  20. 20. Bioscience2005 Bingo University of Leicester
  21. 21. Plagiarism <ul><li>Concern over apparent increase </li></ul><ul><li>Improving software for detection e.g JISC colour-coded reports </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention > Cure > Detection </li></ul><ul><li>Student ignorance re boundaries </li></ul>University of Leicester
  22. 22. Plagiarism prevention <ul><li>Appropriate and inappropriate use </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise: original text and 7 derivatives - which are guilty of plagiarism? </li></ul><ul><li>Work through individually - discuss with neighbours - plenary discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Very positive feedback from students </li></ul><ul><li>Fall in occurrence? </li></ul>University of Leicester

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