Learning & Teaching Forum

Innovation in Education:
Learning & Teaching in SMAH

Inaugural Faculty Forum

In December 2016 an inaugural faculty forum was held to formally acknowledge learning and teaching innovation within SMAH, and create a platform for SMAH educators to share/demonstrate what they are doing in the learning environment.

This forum was also established as the platform for which the 2015 SEDI grant recipients were able to present their project outcomes and learnings as per the requirements of the grant.

Poster and presentation submissions were received with seventeen presentations and six posters accepted for the Forum. There was a diverse range of presentations representing each school in the Faculty, and exploring a varied range of innovative teaching strategies; development and implementation of new technologies in class; contemporary educationally sound approaches to subject design and assessment.

Using a 6 minute Pecha Kucha presentation, each presenter was required to succinctly explain the key components of their innovation

  • What was the problem?
  • What did they do to address it i.e. the innovation?
  • What was the learning?
  • Where to from here?

This forum was well attended by academic and professional staff, as well as students from Science, Medicine and Health and other faculties and business units. Many attendees identified that the Pecha Kucha presentation style was successful in providing the key components of such a diverse field of topics, whilst ensuring that the audience remained engaged and interested. Most who attended spoke positively about the opportunity to gain insight into what others were doing across the faculty and the sharing of knowledge and ideas that could potentially be replicated or shared across disciplines.

Following the positive feedback from the first forum, the Education Unit intends to make this a regular event that will coincide with the completion of each SEDI project cycle; an opportunity to showcase SMAH teaching and learning innovation, and an exploration and acknowledgement of the ongoing achievements in SMAH education.


Technology assisted delivery of team-based learning to teach professionalism to senior medical students in a geographically dispersed setting

Is there any innovative way to teach science in nursing?

Are our medical students achieving cultural competency in both communication and practice as a result of our new innovative indigenous health curriculum?

Tackling tough topics: use of storyboard, role play and film to share experiential learning

Beyond content: assessment as a learning tool in first year subjects

When science meets English: fundamentals of science communication

How do we engage exercise science and exercise science rehabilitation students in a positive way to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to create tailored exercise prescription strategies for a client?

Integration of old-fashioned skills with modern digital and analytical techniques in earth science education: a journey started

A subject roadmap: best practices for designing your Moodle site

Building students’ personal and professional development through Moodle

Student led assessment to provide evidence for dietetic competency

Integrated "whole-course" eportfolio for the new Pre-Med degree: creating digital evidence and showcasing academic and extracurricular achievements

A tale on using technology in a 3-phase approach to learning in the undergraduate laboratory

Interactive online tools to aid estimation of food portion sizes

Development and introduction of pre-labs for MEDI311 fundamentals of neuroscience

Implementation and evaluation of a 'customisable' and engaging multimedia module for biochemistry teaching in graduate medicine and undergraduate biological science  

Digital Posters

A list of presentations on the day can be found in the Program

Breaking the traditional mold: teaching the art of behind the science of remote sensing [PDF]
Associate Professor Laurie Chisholm, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Assuring health and safety learning outcomes for SMAH stakeholders by using a hybrid learning and hurdle assessment pedagogy [PDF]
Ms Roza Dimeska, School of Chemistry

Adding computing and modelling skills to the first-year curriculum in earth & environmental science: implementation and lessons learned from a pilot project [PDF]
Dr Jenny Fisher, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Can report templates aid student learning in undergraduate chemistry laboratory classes? [PDF]
Associate Professor Clare Murphy, School of Chemistry

10 tips for better video resources [PDF]
Mr Adrian Moody, SMAH Educational Technology

10 tips for better audio resources [PDF]
Mr Adrian Moody, SMAH Educational Technology


Last reviewed: 2 June, 2017

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