Department of Pharmacology seminar: Enhancing student understanding of basic cellular concept using inquiry-based practicals and analysis of scientific argument and feedback engagement in oral presentations of undergraduate science students Event as iCalendar

28 August 2013

4 - 5pm

Venue: Seminar Room 502-003, Building 502, 85 Park Road, Grafton

My recent development of the Year 2 Bachelor of Biomedical degree (BBioMed) practical component had the goal of introducing how science is done in the research setting whilst working within the restrictions of the undergraduate laboratory setting. To this end, I developed a series of inquiry-based centred on the cellular process of macropinocytosis and a group oral presentation as one of the assessments. On analysis of student learning I found this approach lead to significant improvements in student understanding of complex cellular processes and challenged students to draw more scientifically robust conclusions. In addition it significantly enhanced student enjoyment due to the student-centred focus of the practicals.

To measure the levels of scientific argument, I developed a rubric measuring levels of scientific argument within oral presentations and found students still have a tendency to make unfounded claims, albeit at higher standard. They struggle to provide the evidence and theoretical backing to support these claims, let alone the reasoning that links this support to the claims. These initial findings more recently lead to a targeted learning intervention which involved embedding in the practical the means to analyse the impact of feedback on student learning. I found that there were no tools available to assess whether the students read or take any notice of the feedback provided. Therefore I became involved in the development of a software tool, called UQMarkUP, which enables not only provision of the “in situ” written and verbal feedback but also incorporates learning analytic tool which allow me to determine the impact of the feedback given. The tool has generated substantial interest among my fellow course coordinators because of its ease of use and among educational researchers because of the valuable data it provides. Both of these aspects of the tool will be discussed at this seminar.

Presented by: Dr Andrea Bugarcic , Institute for Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland


For more information, please contact Kavita Hussein Email: k.hussein@auckland.ac.nz