Update from UoL Learning & Teaching Conference

The University’s annual Discovering Teaching Excellence conference took place June 12th 2019. The department was very well represented at the conference with students and staff giving four talks, one poster and hosting a table at the “World Café” event and two award presentations.

The following students were awarded Teaching Partnership Awards:

  • Leanne Blount (PhD) for work on innovative ways of supporting student learning in the teaching lab environment. Leanne is now working with Richard Blackburn on getting this work published.
  • Nikita Lack (BSc Chem w/Forensic Science) for working with Richard Blackburn on a project to produce a series of videos to help students build models as part of a flipped lecturing approach. Nikita has also made a significant contribution to the “Science in a Box” outreach project (led by Barbara).

Pictured: The award winners with Jon Scott (PVC, Student Experience) is attached

The following talks were given:

  • Natalie Rose (BSc Chem w/Forensic Science) presented on her work with Harry Howells (BSc Pharm Chem), Richard Blackburn and Barbara to develop and evaluate Lab360: a virtual tour of the chemistry teaching lab.
  • Leanne Blount (PhD) presented on her innovative approach to supporting student learning in the teaching lab using picture boards.
  • Dylan Williams presented on a student partnership with Mariam Mahomed (BSc Pharm Chem), Lakshmi Sisodia (BSc Pharm Chem) and Barbara on the development and evaluation of a lab-based escape room for use as part of our outreach programme.
  • Richard Blackburn presented on his work to develop an innovative infographic-based assessment for first years that allows students to learn more about research in the department. The work presented by Richard has been published in the J. Chem. Educ.

A student-staff partnership team consisting of George Tebbutt (MChem Chemistry), Charlotte Dickenson (MChem Chemistry), Natalie Rose (BSc Chem w/Forensic Science), Barbara Villa Marcos and Richard Blackburn presented a poster on current work being done in the department as part of the Digital Innovation Partnership initiatives.

Finally, Dylan Williams hosted a table at the “World Café” to discuss how to support student engagement through innovative teaching and learning approaches. This event also focused on advising staff how to obtain National Teaching Fellow status like him.

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