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Teaching Award for Biology team



20 May 2013

A major review and revamp of junior-year biology units, Concepts in Biology and Living Systems, has been awarded the 2013 Learning and Teaching Award by the Faculty of Science.

The award goes to Will Figueira, Danny Liu, Matthew Pye, Matt Austin, Anne-Laure Markovina, Hamlet Giragossyan and Charlotte Taylor. This team has spent the past two years reviewing, designing, trialling and implementing a new first-year biology curriculum, with a particular focus on the laboratory courses.

The award was presented by dean of science, Professor Trevor Hambley, at a reception last week. In his congratulatory letter to the team Professor Hambley said, "Your achievement in embedding research-enriched learning and teaching in the laboratory course is to be particularly commended. The strong student evaluations are built upon the dedication and leadership of your team."

The first-year teaching team made multiple improvements to the units of study, but just a few examples include the introduction of new digital technologies, the space and time to learn through a scaffolded productive failure model, opportunities to design and run experiments, and the requirement to keep a lab record book to teach research skills.

Feedback from students about the new curriculum was overwhelmingly positive, with student evaluations (USE data) showing that overall perceptions of Concepts in Biology had risen from a satisfaction level of 2.8 to 4.0 over the past 3 years.

This 'Teaching and Learning Award' is a well-deserved recognition of the hard-work and vision of the team. Congratulations!

Representatives of the award winning first-year biology team, with the Dean of Science, at the Faculty of Science Prize night.
Representatives of the award winning first-year biology team, with the Dean of Science, at the Faculty of Science Prize night.