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In Forensic Science we are able to move away from traditional lectures to other ways of supporting learning. These techniques include problem based learning and simulation using mock crime scenes. However, these are quite time consuming and though good for longer sessions are not feasible for a shorter practical sessions. Another way of developing learning materials is through the use of Project Based learning.
The sessions usually consist of a number of elements:
• Introduction to the topic area either as a short talk or online as a lecture in advance of the session.
• A collection of examples in the form of photographs, texts, papers etc.
• Learning activity sheets with specific questions for the session either one for the whole class or a selection of activities that build up to cover the whole topic when students present their findings at the end of the session.
• Tutor providing support as facilitator and guide
• Back-up materials in the form of extra references and links to further reading.
This presentation show how project based learning materials can be created using examples from aspects of human identification i.e. ears and ear-prints, foot anatomy and morphology and injury causation.