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Workshop - Applying the teaching practice inventory at Australian institutions

This workshop on 20th July is led by Professor Michael Drinkwater and will cover how the teaching practice inventory (TPI) is used at the University of Queensland. The workshop will also focus on how it could be used at other Australian universities and possible collaborations on designing additional questions for our local context.

The Wieman & Gilbert Teaching Practices Inventory is a 72-item questionnaire that asks staff objective questions about the use of specific evidence-based practices in a course. It takes about 11 minutes to complete. Wieman argued in his recent visit to Sydney that program-level data like this are necessary to lead broad change in teaching practice. Some US universities are encouraging staff to use it in addition to student evaluations in the confirmation and promotion process. At the University of Queensland, it was used to measure teaching practice in all of the semester 1 BSc courses in 2015.

Date:  20 July 2016, 2-4.30 pm
Venue: Seminar Room 3110, Abercrombie Building

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Workshop - Threshold concepts in biochemistry: addressing students' learning difficulties

The aim of this workshop on 20th July is to share intervention strategies to improve students understanding of key concepts in biochemistry.

Associate Professor Paula P. Lemons from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia focuses on problem solving about threshold concepts in biochemistry. In particular, her group looks at student thinking about three concepts: the physical basis of interactions, the thermodynamics of macromolecular interactions, and metabolic pathway dynamics and regulation. They are currently about 2 years into a 5 year study of how problem solving develops within this domain over the career of a life sciences university student. They have developed a number of problems that include visual representations of biochemical phenomena, such as protein folding, and ask students to make predictions. In a recent study, they found that experts solved biochemistry problems more quickly and in fundamentally different ways than students. Among students, some completed expert-like solutions, but they did so much less efficiently. However, several students did not successfully solve the problem, and this lack of success occurred among beginning and advanced biology students.

Date:  20 July 2016, 10 am - 12 pm
Venue: Seminar Room 3110, Abercrombie Building

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