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  • Heats run from 10-12 August 2016

    3 Minute Thesis Registration

    3 Minute Thesis Registration 2016

    Can you explain the importance of your research in just three minutes?

    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition for postgraduate research students to present their research topic to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in an engaging way. You will have just three minutes to present a compelling presentation on your thesis topic and its significance.

    It's a great way to practice explaining your research to people who are not familiar with your field – skills that will serve you well when applying for funding or engaging media attention.

    It's also a fantastic opportunity to meet other students from across the University, hear about their research, and most importantly, have fun!

    The University-wide final will be held at Camperdown Campus on Saturday 27th August 2016. The national final will be held on Friday 30th September at the University of Queensland. More information on the 3MT competition can be found on the Three Minute Thesis website.

  • 12 August 2016
    12.00pm - 1.00pm
    #edtech talks

    #edtech talks: Susan Coulson

    The Educational Innovation team is pleased to present a series of talks on evolving and revolutionising learning and teaching. Bring your lunch and come along and learn about practical, hands-on teaching strategies from Sydney and external academics.

    Please join us for an #edtech talk with Susan Coulson

  • Week 4, Semester 2, 2016

    Week 4 // Open door - teachers

    Week 4 // Open Door - Open your classroom doors to others

    Thanks for opening your classroom doors so that others can pop in and watch. Please fill out the following details so that we can add you to the pool of open doors.

  • 19 August 2016
    9.30am - 11.00am

    Foundations of Research Supervision Forum

    This interdisciplinary forum is part of the University’s program for academics who are new to Sydney University and/or to higher degree research supervision.

  • 24 August 2016
    12.00pm - 2.00pm

    Widening Participation travel grants - research presentations

    On Wednesday 24 August, the recipients of the Widening Participation travel grants will be presenting their research in progress. Come and join the discussion with Maegan Baker (FASS), Cathryn Forsyth (Dentistry), Melissa Hardie (FASS), Rebecca Johinke (FASS), Melinda Lewis (Educational Innovation), Renee Lim (Sydney Medical School), Kieryn McKay (FASS), Alison de Pree-Raghavan (Education & Social Work) and Karen Walker (FASS).

    Topics include improving student engagement and retention at the University of Sydney, and developing Indigenous cultural competence.

  • 1 September 2016
    10.30am - 12.00pm

    Widening Participation Event: Professor Penny Jane Burke

    We are delighted to welcome Professor Penny Jane Burke to give a seminar on her research on Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches.

  • 10 October 2016



    WORKSHOP: Working in partnership with students to enhance higher education

    On Monday 10th October, Professor Alison Cook-Sather will be visiting the University. She will be giving a workshop on working in partnership with students to enhance higher education. The workshop will be an interactive experience that combines sharing of principles and examples of partnership, with participants reflecting on their own ideas and contexts and discussing how they might put partnership into practice. Please register your interest below.

  • 24 - 25 November 2016
    9.30am - 4.30pm

    Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning

    The program forms part of the University's confirmation process for the appointment of continuing staff (see page 8). The program is designed for University staff, and certain selection criteria apply. Prospective external fee-paying participants should contact us directly.

  • Recent Events...

  • 22 July 2016
    12.00pm - 1.00pm
    #edtech talks

    #edtech talks: Mark McEntee and Melanie Keep

    The Educational Innovation team is pleased to present a series of talks on evolving and revolutionising learning and teaching. Bring your lunch and come along and learn about practical, hands-on teaching strategies from Sydney and external academics.

    Please join us for #edtech talks from Mark McEntee and Melanie Keep

  • 20 July 2016
    10.00am - 12.00pm
    Science workshops

    Workshop: Threshold Concepts in Biochemistry - Addressing University Students’ Learning Difficulties

    Join Associate Professor Paula P. Lemons from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia, USA for this workshop where she will share intervention strategies to improve students' understanding of key concepts in biochemistry.

    Background: My research focuses on problem solving about threshold concepts in biochemistry as described by Loertscher and colleagues (2014 CBE-LSE). In particular, my group looks at student thinking about three concepts: the physical basis of interactions, the thermodynamics of macromolecular interactions, and metabolic pathway dynamics and regulation. We are 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. We 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, we 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.

  • 20 July 2016
    12.00pm - 1.00pm

    Masterclass: Using discussion boards to enhance student learning

    Join us in this hands-on masterclass about enhancing student use of discussion boards. Posting, replying and reading posts in online discussions have been linked to better student outcomes, including end of semester grades and sense of community. Despite this, students report checking forums infrequently, and academics commonly report poor uptake of forums in many units of study.

    Please note: If you have already attended the workshop on discussion boards on 13 July as part of Dr Melanie Keep’s Educational Innovation Grant project, there is no need to sign up for this masterclass.

  • 20 July 2016
    2.00pm - 4.30pm
    Science workshops

    Workshop: Applying the Teaching Practice Inventory at Australian Institutions

    Join Professor Michael Drinkwater from the University of Queensland for a workshop to discuss details for using the Teaching Practices Inventory at other Australian universities and collaborate on designing some additional questions for our local context.

    Background: The Wieman & Gilbert (2014) Teaching Practices Inventory (TPI) 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. See Wieman argues 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. We used it to measure teaching practice in all our Semester 1 BSc courses at UQ last year.

  • 4 July 2016
    12.00pm - 1.00pm
    Extending the Laboratory Seminar

    Seminar and Hands-On Workshop: Blending Virtual and Physical Reality to Engage the Next Generation of Students

    On the 4th July, please join us to hear about and experience virtual reality (VR) technology and discuss its possibilities for teaching.

    This event is presented jointly by Educational Innovation, ICT and the Library. A seminar will run from 12-1 pm in the Exhibition Space in the SciTech Library (booking required) followed by a drop-in, hands-on workshop in the Library's exciting new ThinkSpace directly above (no booking required). All are welcome - please pass on to interested colleagues including undergraduate and research students.