This paper reports on an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded project which aims at addressing the language needs of a diverse student body by embedding high impact education practices in first year sciences in five universities: the University of Tasmania, the University of Canberra, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney and Newcastle University. The disciplines covered by the project are Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In semester 1 2009, active learning strategies such as the use of Votapedia (www.votapedia.com) and online pre-assignment concept questions were implemented at two of the sites. This paper reports on student achievement results obtained from first year Chemistry (UTAS) and Physics (UTS) student cohorts in semester 1 2009. This data has been compared to data obtained in semester 1 2008. Early analysis suggests that the combination of techniques listed above, introduced in lectures and assignments, has led to improved achievement in students’ overall grades and student satisfaction, as well as changes in disciplinary lecturers’ teaching practices.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 8th Teaching Matters Annual Conference. Partnerships for Learning: On Campus and Beyond|
|Editors||Natalie Brown, Jane Skalicky, Andrea Adam|
|Place of Publication||Hobart, Tasmania|
|Publisher||University of Tasmania|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||Teaching Matter Conference, 2009 - Hobart, Australia|
Duration: 26 Nov 2009 → …
|Conference||Teaching Matter Conference, 2009|
|Period||26/11/09 → …|
Yates, B., Gardner, M., Zhang, F., Lidbury, B., Schulte, J., Bridgeman, A., & Rodger, J. (2009). Embedding High Impact Education Practices in First Year Science: a Cross-disciplinary cross-institutional partnership. In N. Brown, J. Skalicky, & A. Adam (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th Teaching Matters Annual Conference. Partnerships for Learning: On Campus and Beyond (pp. 2-9). Hobart, Tasmania: University of Tasmania.