About Us

RIBET was formally established as a research group in 2000 in response to an external review of the School of Biological Sciences. This review acknowledged the groundbreaking work on student learning carried out over the previous decade by the group's members.

Overview

There have been many teaching developments within the School of Biological Sciences as well as with other disciplines, and in many cases these have led to research output. This research into teaching and learning has informed a decade of teaching developments in first year biology and several intermediate units of study. One of the aims is to develop a mechanism for the promulgation of research outcomes that will help inform the planning and development of the teaching program across the entire Biological Sciences curriculum.

Group Members

All members of the School of Biological Sciences are welcome to join the group. The current group consists of:
  Dr Osu Lilje
  Dr Elizabeth May
  Associate Professor Mary Peat
  Dr Rosanne Quinnell
  Dr Charlotte Taylor

Former members of the group include:
  Dr Sue Franklin
  Ms Alison Lewis

Contact Us

Charlotte Taylor –

Recognition of Contribution to Science Education

2008 Birds in Backyards program: winner of Alan Strom Eureka Prize for Environmental Sustainability Education
2007 Finalists in NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service – Biodiversity – Birds in Backyards Program
2005 Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference Outstanding Paper Award
2003 NSW Minister for Education and Training and the Australian College of Educators (ACE) Quality Teaching Award 2003
2002 ASCILITE Conference Outstanding Paper Award
2000 Vice-Chancellor’s Special Award for Outstanding Teaching (Team award)
1998 ASCILITE Software Award
1996 Commendation for software developments, Australian Society for Educational Technology (ASET)
1995 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), EdMedia’95 Software Award
1995 Apple Macintosh Certificate of Achievement for development of computer-based modules for science teaching.
1994 Excellence in Teaching Award, Academic Board, University of Sydney

History

There have been many teaching developments within the School of Biological Sciences as well as with other disciplines, and in many cases these have led to research output. This research into teaching and learning has informed a decade of teaching developments in first year biology and several intermediate units of study. One of the aims is to develop a mechanism for the promulgation of research outcomes that will help inform the planning and development of the teaching program across the entire Biological Sciences curriculum.

The First Year Biology Teaching Development Group was set up in 1994 by a group who were primarily interested and involved in students in transition from the High School learning experience of small teacher focused-classes, to the large, self- directed classes of University. Between 1994 and 2005 the major developments included computer (now online) resources that have given students the opportunities to work at their own pace and in their own time and to revisit materials as often as needed. One of the successes of the last decade has been the provision of a CD ROM each year for students. A wealth of resources is now available online increasing the flexibility of access for the students.

Similar developments have occurred within second and third year, including work on scientific writing, online and paper-based modules to help with difficult concepts (physical parameters, numeracy) and virtual dissections and excursions.

The research focus has been equally diverse with work on scientific writing, use and perceptions of use of online resources, identifying threshold concepts, and obstacles to student learning and learner profiling.