Innovation in Education:
Learning & Teaching in SMAH
2016 Inaugural SMAH 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; an opportunity to showcase SMAH teaching and learning innovation, and an exploration and acknowledgement of the ongoing achievements in SMAH education and a platform for the recipients of SEDI grants to present their project learnings and outcomes.
Download the Innovation in Education: Learning and Teaching in SMAH Program [PDF].
- Technology assisted delivery of team-based learning to teach professionalism to senior medical students in a geographically dispersed setting
Associate Professor Mark Wilson, School of Medicine
- Is there any innovative way to teach science in nursing?
Dr Shahla Meedya, School of Nursing
- Are our medical students achieving cultural competency in both communication and practice as a result of our new innovative indigenous health curriculum?
Dr Scott Winch, School of Medicine
- Tackling tough topics: use of storyboard, role play and film to share experiential learning
Dr Kath Weston, School of Medicine
- Beyond content: assessment as a learning tool in first year subjects
Dr Alexandru Codilean, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- When science meets English: fundamentals of science communication
Dr Katarina Mikac, School of Biological Sciences
- 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?
Dr Herb Groeller, School of Medicine
- Integration of old-fashioned skills with modern digital and analytical techniques in earth science education: a journey started
Professor Allen Nutman, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- A subject roadmap: best practices for designing your Moodle site
Dr Dave Porter, SMAH Educational Technology
- Building students’ personal and professional development through Moodle
Associate Professor Danielle Skropeta, School of Chemistry
- Student led assessment to provide evidence for dietetic competency
Ms Meredith Kennedy, School of Medicine
- Integrated "whole-course" ePortfolio for the new Pre-Med degree: creating digital evidence and showcasing academic and extracurricular achievements
Miss Janice McCauley, School of Chemistry
- A tale on using technology in a 3-phase approach to learning in the undergraduate laboratory
Dr Tracey Kuit, School of Biological Sciences
- Interactive online tools to aid estimation of food portion sizes
Dr Yasmine Probst, School of Medicine
- Development and introduction of pre-labs for MEDI311 fundamentals of neuroscience
Dr Kelly Newell, School of Medicine
- Implementation and evaluation of a 'customisable' and engaging multimedia module for biochemistry teaching in graduate medicine and undergraduate biological science
Dr Karen Fildes, School of Medicine
- 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