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Using a social media tool toimprove application of academic  theory to industry by science             students    Maeve S...
IntroductionLecturerProject supervisionPlacement Organiser                      2
Science Placement Opportunities                                  3
Placement objectivesThe main objectives of the placement are thatthe student;– Achieves experience relevent to their studi...
Problem identifiedExperience is limited to one area and a lack of   appreciation of the diverse opportunities          ope...
2012 science placements29 students obtained placements in thepharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medicaldevice, clinical re...
How the student passes theplacement module (pre 2012)1. A satisfactory performance in work2. Completion of a written weekl...
How the studuent passes the  placement module (2012)1. A satisfactory performance in work2. Completion of a written weekly...
Blog objectives   Encourage             Improve    reflective                           Allow the placement               ...
Blog Website• Creating a blog was a bit of challenge• http://ittscienceplacement.wordpress.com/Username; ITTSCIENCEPLACEME...
Outcome of blog postsEngagement Open, informative,   chatty, in generally lengthy (girls   definitely more at ease posting...
Example post“Posting, reading and commenting on blogs gaveme the opportunity to update the progress of myplacement, learn ...
Example post“From reading the blogs of other students I cansee how much they have learned working inindustry this semester...
Were blog objectives met?                            Improve understanding        Allow the placement  Encourage reflectiv...
Conclusion• Pertinant questions posted by moderator is  critical• Informal, ungraded deliverable is critical• Blog was mor...
The End            Thank you, I am happy to answer questions,    hopefully none too technicial        about creating blogs...
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Using a social media tool to improve application of academic theory to the Pharmaceutical Industry by science students

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Using a social media tool to improve application of academic theory to the Pharmaceutical Industry by science students

  1. 1. Using a social media tool toimprove application of academic theory to industry by science students Maeve Scott, Science Lecturer, ITTDublin 1
  2. 2. IntroductionLecturerProject supervisionPlacement Organiser 2
  3. 3. Science Placement Opportunities 3
  4. 4. Placement objectivesThe main objectives of the placement are thatthe student;– Achieves experience relevent to their studies and– Relates theoretical modules to industry.– Grasps the diversity of opportunities for a science graduate. 4
  5. 5. Problem identifiedExperience is limited to one area and a lack of appreciation of the diverse opportunities open to science graduates and how modules relate to these roles 5
  6. 6. 2012 science placements29 students obtained placements in thepharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medicaldevice, clinical reseach, environmental testingindustries and research laboratories in Irelandand in the EC 6
  7. 7. How the student passes theplacement module (pre 2012)1. A satisfactory performance in work2. Completion of a written weekly log3. Completion of a placement report4. Short presentation by each placement student to acedemic staff and classmatesBut it was clear students didn’t listen to each other during presentations 7
  8. 8. How the studuent passes the placement module (2012)1. A satisfactory performance in work2. Completion of a written weekly log3. Completion of a placement report4.Posting to a class placement blog 8
  9. 9. Blog objectives Encourage Improve reflective Allow the placement understanding of practice by coordinator to the pharmaceutical maintain contact with linking their industry and students while on placement to opportunities to placement and alerted theoretical science to any problems, undergraduates.modules studied, Provide information andImprove contact within the motivate future students class while on placement, when planning their placement, 9
  10. 10. Blog Website• Creating a blog was a bit of challenge• http://ittscienceplacement.wordpress.com/Username; ITTSCIENCEPLACEMENTPassword; SIPPITTDUBLIN• informal, guidelines provided, example posts given, objectives explained and leading questions asked by the blog moderator (me)• Students were told the posts would not be graded BUT PARTICIPATION WAS COMPULSORY 10
  11. 11. Outcome of blog postsEngagement Open, informative, chatty, in generally lengthy (girls definitely more at ease posting Pleasantly surprised by unaccoustomed and talked more!) engagement , enthusiasm, relevent....students asked each other posts, connectivity questions!!Even more .... Students made reference to the most relevent modules and connected college to work!! 11
  12. 12. Example post“Posting, reading and commenting on blogs gaveme the opportunity to update the progress of myplacement, learn about the works by other studentsand gain knowledge on various topics such asinstrument/equipment used, QC tests and ongoingresearch in Nano technology. This gave me aninsight to the wide available range of jobopportunities that I can apply for after graduation. Ifound the validation role taken by another studentto be very interesting and would definitely like towork as a team member of a process validationteam in future. “ 12
  13. 13. Example post“From reading the blogs of other students I cansee how much they have learned working inindustry this semester and about the manydifferent job options available in industry aftergraduation. Over the past few months I havefound many of the modules we studied in collegeextremely helpful. In particular microbiology,biochemistry, aseptic processing and proteintechnology have been the most relevant to mywork here” 13
  14. 14. Were blog objectives met? Improve understanding Allow the placement Encourage reflective of the pharmaceutical coordinator to maintainpractice by linking their industry and contact with studentsplacement to theoretical opportunities to science while on placement and modules studied, undergraduates. alerted to any problems, Yes, some Maybe, questions Partly evidence seemed to indicate yes Provide information and Improve contact within motivate future the class while on students when planning placement, their placement, Students No evidence of reported yes this yet 14
  15. 15. Conclusion• Pertinant questions posted by moderator is critical• Informal, ungraded deliverable is critical• Blog was more sucessful than previous deliverables getting students to connect acedmic modules with industrial applications• There is room for improvement in the blog moderation and design in 2013 15
  16. 16. The End Thank you, I am happy to answer questions, hopefully none too technicial about creating blogsMaeve.Scott@ittdublin.ie 16

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